City of Burien, Council Position No. 3 Candidates

Mark Dorsey

Education: Frontier High School, Cerritos College

Occupation: Entrepreneur, Executive Mentor

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Statement:

 

Burien has been my home for over 25 years. My children attended Gregory Seahurst Elementary, St. Francis, Sylvester, Highline High School, Kennedy High School, and Highline Community College. I’ve served as President of Gregory Seahurst Swim Club for 6 years and founded two businesses in Burien. I love our community.

I’m running for City Council because I’m concerned about the direction of our city. I’ve been a driver for Meals on Wheels for 10 years and volunteered at Union Gospel Mission for 6. We need to address our homeless problem with common sense and empowerment. We deserve safer, cleaner neighborhoods.

We need to focus on the needs of our community and do what’s best for all the residents and businesses of Burien. It's time that we stop catering to special interests outside of our community (DESC & ESF) and focus on the residents of Burien. Burien must come first.

Charles Schaefer

Education: University of Washington and Highline Public Schools

Occupation: Accountant

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Statement:

 

I am a lifetime Burien resident, involved in our community since high school, when I served on the Teen Council. I volunteer three times a week at Transform Burien serving local homeless and low-income individuals, as well as at our severe weather shelter.

 

I am deeply concerned about the homelessness epidemic. Unsheltered individuals are at higher risk for physical and mental health issues as well as more susceptible to becoming victims of crime. I will take a compassionate, housing first approach that respects the inherent dignity of each member of our community.

 

Last summer, nearly a thousand of our neighbors showed up to a rally in town square calling for reforms to policing, yet the council has not opened a conversation on this subject. I will make Burien a city that ensures safety for all its residents and holds public servants accountable. I would appreciate your vote.

Jimmy Matta

Education: Ascend Seattle (University of Washington), Latino Business

Action Network Program (Stanford Graduate School of Business)

Occupation: Founder and CEO of Ahora Construction

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Statement:

 

Being Mayor of Burien means being a servant-leader where every resident matters and every person’s voice carries weight. My duty is to truly listen and make decisions in the interest of the greatest number of people. I stand for clear, fair public policies and leadership. Also, action that improves our community’s quality of life and meets essential human needs.

I’m proud of the progress we made together these past four years and the job isn’t done. Let’s continue the work to include everyone: women, small and minority-owned businesses, organized labor, families, youth, environmental justice, and public safety. I thank you!