City of Burien, Council Position No. 7 Candidates

John Potter

Education: S.S.C.C. and the U of W

Occupation: Special Ed Para Educator and small business owner

https://vote-usa.org/Intro.aspx?State=WA&Id=wapotterjohn

Statement:

 

I firmly believe people should be valued as individuals and not judged by the color of their skin any more than it would be right to be judged by your height, where you were born or what you like to eat. Any actions by government that encourage sorting people into categories I believe to be wrong. My desire is to encourage a City that is livable  and business friendly enabling people to live and shop locally. We should celebrate the contributions people bring to this area. All efforts should be made to keep the tax burden low while funding things such as parks that make living more enjoyable. I work with youth in order to equip them to reach the goals they might set for themselves. I feel people should be trusted to enjoy themselves as they see fit e.g. celebrating with fireworks. I humbly ask for your vote.

Stephanie Mora

Education: CNA (Excel Health Career Training), WIC Breastfeeding P.C. (Public Health)

Occupation: Homemaker, Sales Associate

https://b-townblog.com/2021/07/06/stephanie-mora-is-running-for-burien-city-council-position-no-7/

Statement:

 

As a mother and former Highline Public School student, I have a vested interest in a safer Burien. I’m running for City Council because it’s time to prioritize the needs of Burien residents. I’ll maintain our welcoming city while making Burien safer. Neighborhood safety has suffered with decisions like Enhanced Service Facilities and DESC. For the sake of our children, that must change.

My mother immigrated here to give me a better life. I’ve been homeless and I've struggled. My focus is on supporting small businesses and providing economic opportunity so all people can help themselves. I’ll bring a useful perspective because I’ve experienced, firsthand, Burien’s challenges.

I believe in transparent government that represents Burien’s interests. Burien deserves council members who aren’t focused on running for higher office while pretending to care about our community. I’ll always do what’s best for the people of Burien.

Elissa Fernandez

Education: Liberal Arts

Occupation: Household Manager and Educator

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

Statement:

 

My family has been proud to call Burien home since we became homeowners in 2009. Twelve years later, as mother to children walking Burien’s streets, and attending Highline schools, my concern with safety has grown as thefts and violence have only increased. I am highly motivated to drive positive changes and help build our city into a community where we all feel safe.


We must target our efforts toward a safer Burien for its residents by cleaning up our public spaces, not by becoming home to a facility intended to house the problems of greater King County. We must foster a healthy commercial environment where small businesses can thrive.


We need council members invested in Burien, not partisan politicians seeking congressional seats. I know Burien would benefit from the nonpartisan ideas and earnest desire for improvement I will bring to the council. Thank you for your vote.

Patty Janssen

Education: Kennedy Catholic, Graduate - South Seattle Community College, Business

Occupation: Sales Manager- Wholesale Food Industry

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

Statement:

 

Burien needs improved public safety and a healthy economic development plan, with a commonsense approach in putting these into action. The paramount duty of our elected officials is the safety to the citizens of their respective cities.

My considerable experience and volunteerism with the Burien Police Department has prepared me to take on this challenge. I am ready to make an even greater positive impact for our community.

Burien resident for 30 years, volunteering since 1994, founding member of Burien Citizen’s Patrol, Burien block watch steering committee member- Volunteer of the year 2008 - Tutored at risk youth at Hazel Valley Elementary 1994-1997. Burien business owner “Kid’s to Go” Private shuttle service 95-98 We need strong leadership that will be tough on crime. I am not a career seeking politician, rather a community leader with Burien’s best interests in mind.  I would appreciate your vote!

John White

Education: EMBA, Foster School of Business, University of Washington

Occupation: CEO, Antaeus Foundation Equipment; Corporate Director Piledriving Operations, PACO Ventures

https://b-townblog.com/2021/05/28/john-white-is-running-for-burien-city-council/

Statement:

 

I’m running for Burien City Council because I want to see Burien prosper both economically and as a community.

Decisions are made in Burien without key stakeholders being given a relevant chance to be heard. The current method that our city government uses to make important decisions is not balanced. We must change the culture of city government.

If elected, I will work to make sure that: We have government that works for the people; Our community and 18 neighborhoods are strong and connected; We celebrate our diversity; Safety for all is a priority, supporting the LEAD program as one of many tools; Visionary Economic Development through solid policy and planning is continued and taken up a level.?There is much we will do to bring our community members together for a healthier, more inclusive, and economically vibrant future. I am not Left, I am Not Right, I am Burien-Unite!

Krystal Marx

Education: Highline College A.A. in Sociology

Occupation: Burien City Councilmember, Deputy Mayor (2018-present); Executive Director, Seattle Pride

https://southseattleemerald.com/2021/07/01/in-run-for-congress-burien-deputy-mayor-krystal-marx-makes-housing-her-focus/

Statement:

 

It’s been an honor representing Burien since my first election in 2017. I’m running for re-election because I believe Burien is a vibrant, welcoming city and we need leaders who believe and lead with that philosophy. 

My first term in office was focused on working diligently on issues that matter most to Burien residents: homelessness and public safety. I’m proud of the work we’ve been able to accomplish on homelessness. In particular, we passed a suite of tenant protections so people facing eviction can stay in their homes rather than living on our streets. Recent reports put Burien as the 2nd lowest crime rate in south King County. That’s because we lead with services like our LEAD diversion programs.

You deserve principled, proven leadership as we recover from the pandemic and tackle our region’s biggest challenges. I ask for your vote again so we can continue our progress and recovery.