City of Burien, Council Position No. 5 Candidates

Georgette Reyes

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Education: Associate's in Early Childhood Education, Focus in Special Needs

https://b-townblog.com/2021/05/22/here-are-the-15-candidates-who-have-filed-to-run-for-burien-city-council-in-2021/

Occupation: Spanish Interpreter, Activist

Statement:

 

I moved to Burien in 1999 as a single mother seeking new opportunities and to build a home for me and my three sons. Since then, I’ve seen Burien undergo many changes, but I know we still have a long way to go.

 

I’m excited to give back to my community as a city councilmember and be a part of that change. Right now, I work freelance as an interpreter assisting doctors, social workers, and law enforcement. I volunteer my time helping people in disadvantaged communities navigate the court system, social services, and health care access.

 

I am proud of my ability to listen and connect with people from all backgrounds. I want to make everyone feel that they are represented and heard by their local government. I want to be your voice, I hear you! Te oigo!

Alex Simkus

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Education: B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Montana State University

Occupation: Burien Business Owner

https://b-townblog.com/2021/05/22/here-are-the-15-candidates-who-have-filed-to-run-for-burien-city-council-in-2021/

Statement:

 

I am a third generation Burien business owner and Highline School District graduate. I have lived in Burien my whole life, currently Boulevard Park, and have seen both positive and negative changes. I am running for City Council to solve increasingly complex problems by working with all Burien residents.

 

Working families struggle every day to continue living here and didn’t need the burden of an 8% utility tax, especially during a pandemic. Burien needs more affordable housing as well. I will support code and zoning changes to make Burien a better place to build. As a small business owner, I will do everything I can to make sure small businesses thrive. I will take my business experience to council, and fight for pragmatic solutions that benefit all Burien residents.

 

We can do better. We will do better. I ask for your vote. Visit alexsimkus.com for more information.

Sarah Moore

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Education: BS Biology, Bates College, Lewiston ME

Occupation: Covid isolation facility manager. Previously, Pacific Science Center exhibits manager

https://westseattleblog.com/2021/06/election-2021-heres-who-the-34th-district-democrats-endorsed-in-a-marathon-meeting/

Statement:

 

Burien is growing, in population, complexity, and the challenges we face. We need leaders who will intentionally foster this growth, respecting Burien's history while embracing our future. I will lead our city on climate action, stewarding the water, air and land that define and impact us all. Housing is a human right; I will address housing stability, engaging regional partners to develop resources to keep people in their homes, and to create homes and shelter for those who are unhoused. 

 

Safety is more than law enforcement. I will advocate to increase human services, build tools for responding to people in crisis, and use our resources to address root causes of crime, including poverty and mental illness. Vote Sarah Moore, a leader for a stronger, more equitable Burien.

 

Elected experience: Chair, ACLU Burien People Power; Secretary, Burien/White Center Community Support Network; Vice Chair, Burien Parks and Recreation Commission