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Local Artist/Designer Shelli Park announces candidacy for City Council

Another candidate has tossed her hat into the B-Town electoral ring – local Artist and Designer Shelli Park announced Monday (April 29) that she will be a candidate for a seat on the Burien City Council.

Park intends to run for one of four available seats, currently held by Brian Bennett, Jack Block, Jr., Rose Clark and Joan McGilton.

She joins three other officially-announced candidates:

The deadline to file to run is May 17; more details, including how to apply online, are here [4].

Here’s Shelli’s full announcement:

Burien is a beautiful community in which I have loved living and raising my children for nine years. It holds amazing potential and is on a path of establishing itself as an economically vital town, an impressive and critical accomplishment after the economic downturn of 2008. I am running for a seat on the Burien City Council to help drive the forward momentum of this recovery.

I am not only a resident of Burien, but I am also a small business owner (Crimson Park Design) with great interest in helping to create the conditions in which local small businesses can thrive. I have observed and studied Burien’s economic development plan, its vision, and processes. It is clear to me that we must open the conversation to the business community, and consider the impact of the arts/culture/heritage role on viable development solutions currently being brought to the city. The community is working hard to create solutions. City government needs to support these efforts.

I have been involved in various organizational roles in this wonderfully diverse community, in addition to being a resident and proprietor. I have seven combined years of experience working on local community boards, including Highline School District Arts Council and White Center Arts, which I helped found, and chaired for four years. I was appointed to the Burien Arts Commission in 2011, and am Chair of the Arts and Economic Development Committee. These experiences have given me insight into inter-personal and inter-organization diplomacy, group ethics, inspired leadership, and problem-solving in committee for community-wide issues.

My philosophy is that government, no matter its size, must establish a culture that nurtures open communication and transparency. Trust is vital. The Council must work together, though there may be disagreement, the Council-appointed citizen advisory boards must be utilized as the experienced voice of the community, and City Staff must work to realize the Council’s well-laid plans.

As a City Council member, I will be a part of the mechanism that propels Burien along the path of fiscal sustainability. I will be a part of the solution that nurtures and safeguards the people and our environment for the good of Burien’s fiscal health, environmental health, and the health of our community.

The Burien City Council meets on the first, third and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall (400 SW 152nd Street). When a holiday occurs on a Monday, the Council does not meet. During the summer months of June, July and August, the Council meetings are held on first and third Mondays.

The monthly salary for councilmembers is $600 per month, with the Mayor bringing home a whopping $750/month. All get a low-cost health insurance package as well.

The following positions on the City Council are up for election in fall 2013; each is for a four-year term beginning January 2014:

The Primary election will be Aug. 6, 2013, and the General election will be Nov. 5, 2013.

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