City of Kenmore, Council Position No. 6 Candidates
Stacey (Sam) Valenzuela
Education: Experiences with City, County, and Legislation Advocacy
Occupation: Retired Disabled Course Coordinator and Sales Rep
If you have attended meetings in our community, you have likely seen me. I was thrust into advocating for my neighbors, residents, organizations, businesses. Together, we have rallied to protect residents interest, support change, and transparency.
My priority is to protect Kenmore, the Treasure that it is, while questioning, "Are we doing the right thing, the best way possible, to care for our community, while protecting the environment and wildlife?" We need to protect our public spaces for Public use, bring financial Sustainably, curb spending, support Climate Action, and help business thrive. We need to protect our most affordable housing, while adding more low affordable units, for local workers, and our most vulnerable, still protecting all zoning.
I stand for truth, integrity, democracy, and the rights of all residents to be treated fairly. My passion is Advocacy for our residents concerns and being the changes that we want to see.
Education: Bachelor's of Science, Cum Laude, Information Systems Management, Auburn University
Occupation: Principal Technologist
A better Kenmore is possible! We have faced many concurrent crises these past few years, particularly in the last year or so, but these problems are not new. And how we respond to the challenges that still lie ahead is up to us. I'm a technologist, Dad, and small business owner. I'm running to create a more connected, engaged, and responsive City Council, centered around the needs of our community. My background in civic technology makes me uniquely suited to advocate on behalf Kenmore residents for more proactive representation on the issues that matter most, including climate and affordable housing. Our campaign is about activating our constituents, and bringing the people of Kenmore together to fight for a better world and a brighter tomorrow. Amidst our continued growth, we have an opportunity to lead as a city, and this moment demands that we must. I ask for your vote!
Education: Inglemoor High School graduate; University of Washington, B.S. Psychology; University of Vermont, Ph.D. Psychology
Occupation: Program Manager, Homeless Housing section, King County
Growing up in Kenmore and returning to raise a family, I have a deep commitment to our community. After helping with Kenmore’s incorporation and serving on the Planning Commission, I led the Walkways and Waterways bond campaign that is now constructing sidewalks, bikelanes, park improvements, and shoreline restoration. As a Councilmember, I spearheaded Kenmore’s climate action plan, led community engagement efforts, and worked to bring housing for all economic levels and thriving new businesses and restaurants to Kenmore.
I am seeking re-election to continue developing inclusive, safe, and affordable neighborhoods, protecting our environment, and creating more places to shop, dine, and play. I have the trust and endorsement of fellow councilmembers, elected representatives, and community leaders for my civic accomplishments, creative solutions, and fiscal responsibility. I understand our community. I care about our community. And I will continue to work hard for our community. I ask for your vote.