Arts Commission member Andrea Reay announces candidacy for City Council

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Another candidate has tossed her hat into the B-Town electoral ring – Burien Arts Commission member Andrea Reay announced Monday (May 6) that she will be a candidate for a seat on the Burien City Council.

Andrea intends to run for one of four available seats, up for election in fall 2013; each is for a four-year term beginning January 2014:

  • Position 1 (incumbent: Jack Block, Jr.)
  • Position 3 (incumbent: Joan McGilton)
  • Position 5 (incumbent: Rose Clark)
  • Position 7 (incumbent: Brian Bennett)

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

Andrea joins four other officially-announced candidates:

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

Here’s Andrea’s full announcement:

It is time to move Burien forward, it is time for a fresh perspective, and it is time to announce my intention to run for Burien city council. Our city has become a micro chasm of the national political scene, where our leaders fail to produce the results we deserve as citizens. The inaction on the council and the public infighting has become more than just an embarrassment to our city. It has become a public relations problem that could potentially affect everything from our home prices to whether new businesses choose to do business in our city, and it is inexcusable. It is time to remember who your municipal leaders work for, it’s time to put the past behind us and move forward together to a brighter future.

I am not a politician, I am a working mother. My priorities have always been and will continue to be with my family, my friends and neighbors, ensuring we all have a safe and vibrant place to live our best lives. I will work actively to encourage business and development in town square and throughout the city to create good jobs and revitalize our local economy. I will do this by fostering relationships with like minded organizations, advocating for arts, cultural and heritage groups, creating partnerships and events that will increase our cultural footprint, thereby making Burien more of a destination city. I will focus on positive impacts that we can make now to improve our environment for us and for future generations by improving our storm water system. I will do this by increasing awareness, and access to education. I will promote a culture of transparency within the city in order to restore the trust and faith we need in our municipal leaders by increasing communication with citizens and empowering our advisory boards with more direct interaction with the council. But, most importantly, I will listen to you, my friends and neighbors. The time for playing political games is over; we need positive change and we need it now.

My professional career is in the performing arts. I have spent the last seven years of my career at Seattle Opera where collaboration and compromise under deadlines and budgets are always part of the process. I am a creative thinker and practical problem solver. I enjoy bringing people together to create something magical and profound. I will bring that same passion to the council so we can start creating a better city together; a city that focuses on the philosophy of inclusivity in government, transparency, trust and innovation.

My intention is simple: I want to help make Burien a better place to be: a better place to live, work and play. I want to be an advocate for you, for our children and for our environment. I want to be a positive voice for the citizens of Burien. As a city we are poised for success, we are an amazing community, diverse and caring, exciting and growing. The time to act is here and the time to move forward is now.

*Andrea Reay has been a resident of Burien since 2007 and is the vice chair of the Burien Arts Commission and the Production Administrator for the Seattle Opera. She was a finalist for the open seat on the council in 2010. She is a graduate of the University of Washington, and the mother of two small children. You can email Andrea with your ideas to help move Burien forward at [email protected].

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5 Responses to “Arts Commission member Andrea Reay announces candidacy for City Council”
  1. Burien Lover says:

    In other words: I got nothing. But platitudes? Got ’em to burn. Micro chasm? Seriously?

    • Ghost of Maplewild says:

      And you have? Andrea would be a much needed breath of fresh air at City Hall. Do you have a problem with her wanting to make Burien a better city to live in? Or are you happy with the way things are going?

      • Burien Lover says:

        I’m happy with the way things are going when they are going in the opposite direction from the way you think things should be going. I have nothing against Ms. Reay personally, but until her campaign gets specific about policy issues, I see no reason to take her candidacy seriously. “Breath of fresh air,” or in your case, “breath of hot air” might suffice for you, but my standards are a little bit higher.

  2. Jay says:

    LOL. Maybe that is what Burien needs. Some new age lofty Micro Chasm ideas! Can’t be any worse than what we have in there now.

    • elizabeth2 says:

      I hope Ms. Reay means “microcosm” of the political world..defined commonly as human beings, humanity, society, or the like, viewed as an epitome or miniature of the world or universe.

      There is also the possibility that Ms. Reay has quite a wit and intended exactly what she said. It would be kind of humorous to refer to Burien as an extremely small version of a yawning fissure or deep cleft in the earth’s surface?

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