During the month of October, we are hosting meet and greets with candidates for the Mercer Island City Council. This Sunday we welcome Patrick Allcorn to meet his consituents.
I moved to Mercer Island in 2010 after my fourth summer performing Shakespeare at Luther Burbank Park. I love the island for its great parks, its dedication to the arts, our community-building events, the city's investments in public safety, and our incredible schools. You can count on me to support these as your representative on the Mercer Island City Council!
The top priority for our city is public safety. This will be achieved through making sure our brave police officers and firefighters have the tools they need. We also need to make sure we continue to fund mental health counselors in every school on Mercer Island.
I'm a supporter and frequent user of public transit, and I am in favor of making our regional system work as efficiently as possible. This is a very complicated issue and the solutions will involve compromise from every party at the table. My ideal solution would be to have the drop off zone happen along 80th Ave SE.
Mercer Island Center for the Arts and Youth Theatre Northwest have been left in limbo for far too long. As a former actor and teaching artist, I've seen firsthand the positive impact theatre can have on a child's life. I've lived it! We need to make safe spaces for our children, and I believe doing so in our town center could bring some much needed vibrancy to our business district.
We are fortunate to have a some really fantastic small businesses setting up shop here on the island. Small businesses strengthen our community, increase tax revenue, and provide for convenient services. The city council should do all we can to support and encourage small business development on Mercer Island.
It's important to remember that while we may sometimes disagree, we all want what is best for Mercer Island. Through understanding that simple truth, I plan to work with people with differing points of view to reach common sense solutions we all can support and help our community achieve its full potential.