City of Bothell, Council Position No. 5 Candidates

Galen Altavas

Education: MBA in Finance, Seattle University

Occupation: Senior IT Project Manager

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/eastside/in-king-county-646-candidates-and-plenty-of-them-seeking-election-on-the-eastside/

Statement:

 

The City of Bothell is one of the best-run cities in the country. I pay my respects to the past and present elected officials and dedicated city government employees. If elected I know that I am stepping into big shoes and I will continue on the excellent work with added and fresh perspective of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.

My priorities are affordable housing, growth management, more green spaces, public safety, and vehicle traffic management but with a balance or a mix of solutions to these issues (except for public safety, which is a top priority and no compromising). There should be a balance between growth and development, between housing and green spaces, between pedestrian safety, bike-friendly streets, and traffic
management. 

Let the Bothell motto “Welcome to Bothell: For a Day or a Lifetime” ring true -- a destination place for visitors and a vibrant and safe place for residents.

Matt Kuehn

Education: BA Economics and BA Political Science, University of

Washington; JD Candidate, Seattle University Law School

Occupation: Legislative Aide, Washington State House of Representatives

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/eastside/in-king-county-646-candidates-and-plenty-of-them-seeking-election-on-the-eastside/

Statement:

 

Bothell is one of the fastest growing cities in our state because it is a wonderful place to live, work, and play. That growth has put strain on our roads, infrastructure, and green spaces. We need city leaders who have tangible ideas on how to address those problems.

I will be a strong advocate for filling the gaps in our sidewalks, crosswalks, trails, and bike paths. My legislative experience has uniquely positioned me to secure funding for our critical road and public transit projects, so we are spending less time in gridlock, and more time with family. If elected, I will also be a voice on the council protecting our disappearing green spaces. This past year, we have seen a national movement to address inequities in our society. We need a council dedicated to elevating the voices historically left out.

Sole endorsements: 1st Legislative District Democrats and Snohomish County Democrats.

Ben Mahnkey

Education: B.Sc., Washington State University Honors College; Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Service

Occupation: Manager, Employee Relations and Workplace Investigations

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/eastside/in-king-county-646-candidates-and-plenty-of-them-seeking-election-on-the-eastside/

Statement:

 

My wife and I grew up in Bothell and decided to raise our three children in our hometown.  Our city is a wonderful community. However, we still have more opportunity to create a better Bothell.

 

As your Councilmember, I will preserve the uniqueness of our city as we grow, attract businesses to keep taxes low, ensure funding for public safety and parks, and focus on making Bothell affordable for families and seniors.  With my business experience and history of service to the city, I have the skills required to be an effective Councilmember.  Our neighbors are the most important part of our city and I will always be available to listen to your ideas and concerns.  I would be honored to serve you on Council and ask for your vote.  Let’s create a better Bothell!

 

Endorsements: Councilmembers Zornes, Agnew, McAuliffe, McNeal; former Mayor Rheaume; Police Officers Guild; more on website.