Planning Commissioner Greg Duff To Run For Burien City Council
Planning Commissioner Greg Duff, former President of the North Highline Unincorporated Council and co-owner of Duff Design Florist, on Wednesday (May 25) announced his candidacy for Burien City Council, Position 2, currently held by Lucy Krakowiak.
“I have been working with the citizens of Burien in handling concerns with zoning regulations,” Duff said in a statement. “This has provided me valuable experience in the workings of Burien Government. Through my years as an Eagle Scout, an enlisted Navy sailor, a jobs program director for the Union Gospel Mission, a supporter of Transform Burien, and an elder in my church, I have served my community with heart and compassion. For the past several years, I have gained tremendous experience in public service to our region and have the skills to help run our City with compassion and prudence.”
Here’s the rest of Duff’s press release:
“I think we can do a better job meeting the needs of Burien in general and the low-income in particular,” said Duff. “Earlier in my career, I developed job training programs for the Union Gospel Mission. By supporting social programs through my church and with Transform Burien, I continue to work with the poor, the struggling, and those seeking to improve their families. One of the most important resources for these folks is public libraries. And yet we have an incumbent who has not fought to protect the White Center and Boulevard Park Libraries from closure. This puts even more pressure for those in the City of Burien to access the busy new Town Square Library. Libraries are often the first and only tool for the unemployed. I will use all my resources to fight to protect this vital service to low income communities, students, the elderly, and everyone who appreciates the free public library legacy begun more than one hundred twenty-five years ago. When I am on the City Council, I will ensure we are not selecting short term savings over long term investments.”
Duff, a 12-year resident of North Highline, was annexed into the City, and promptly named to the Burien Planning Commission following his exemplary service as President of the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council. As President of the NHUAC, Duff successfully battled the County, preventing budget cuts to the King County Sheriff’s Office that would have cut officers in the North Highline area. When the county tried to sell it off, he helped save Puget Sound Park. Greg was a finalist for the city council appointment earlier this year.
Greg Duff has the perfectly well-rounded life experience of a father, grandfather, small business owner, union truck driver, athlete, international mission leader, church elder, community activist, planning commission member and graduate of the King County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Police Academy. His mission, to “Build a Better Burien,” has a solid foundation and the people of Burien will benefit when they elect Greg Duff to the City Council.
The annexation of the North Highline “Area X” brought more vacant land into the City of Burien, as will as the annexation of “Area Y”. Believing that vacant land, properly managed, can create jobs, Greg will continue to promote land use that encourages family-wage jobs and long-term opportunity, while carefully stewarding in parks and recreation opportunities that create community. The theme of the Duff campaign is “Building a Better Burien” and emphasizes investments that create strong families, neighborhoods, and jobs.
Duff will make public safety a hallmark of his service on the city council. “I gained indispensible knowledge of the inner workings and needs of the Sheriff’s Department. By observing specialized units available to the City of Burien, I realize how important the KCSO is to the city,” said Duff. “With Burien government leaders now studying the feasibility of going to their own police department, I have a background extremely valuable to our citizens and those in public safety.”
Greg Duff is the father of three and the grandfather of four, and his greatest passions are children and baseball. More information can be found at www.duff4burien.com.