Longtime resident Nancy Tosta officially files for Burien City Council
Longtime resident and member of the Planning Commission Nancy Tosta has officially filed to run for Burien City Council, Position #5, which is currently held by Rose Clark.
Tosta has lived in Burien for 17 years, and has been a small business owner/co-owner for the last decade, operating a consulting company that provides facilitation, analysis, and evaluation services nationally to foundations and government agencies on economic, environmental, and health challenges.
“With my understanding of our community and its policies, my experience with government agencies across the country, and my skills as a business person, I bring to the Council knowledge, insight, excitement, and practical understanding of how to get things done,” Tosta said in a statement. “I understand and respect the need to balance our economy, our environment, and our community. We need new energy to help Burien transition from its current divisive Council and city administration to people who know how to successfully engage the energy and intelligence in the community and region.”
Tosta joins 11 others who have officially declared for the four open Burien City Council seats:
- Council Position No. 1: Jack Block Jr. (incumbent), Lauren Berkowitz, Kip Walton
- Council Position No. 3: Andrea H. Reay, Joan McGilton (incumbent), Robert L. Richmond III, Debi Wagner
- Council Position No. 5: Tosta
, Rose Clark (incumbent)
- Council Position No. 7: Chuck Rangel, Joey Martinez, Steve Armstrong
The Primary election will be Aug. 6, and the General election will be Nov. 5.
Here’s her full statement:
I’m Nancy Tosta and I’m running for Burien City Council Position #5.
I’ve been a Burien resident for 17 years and have served on the Burien Planning Commission for the last four years. I love Burien and want to be a force to help shape our future.
For the last decade, I’ve been a small business owner/co-owner, operating a consulting company that provides facilitation, analysis, and evaluation services nationally to foundations and government agencies on economic, environmental, and health challenges. My work entails helping individuals with diverse points of view to find paths forward on complex issues. Previously, I spent more than twenty years working in state, federal, and regional government agencies, including three years at the Puget Sound Regional Council.
With my understanding of our community and its policies, my experience with government agencies across the country, and my skills as a business person, I bring to the Council knowledge, insight, excitement, and practical understanding of how to get things done. I understand and respect the need to balance our economy, our environment, and our community. We need new energy to help Burien transition from its current divisive Council and city administration to people who know how to successfully engage the energy and intelligence in the community and region.
What I stand for:
- Changing Burien leadership to support and respect citizen engagement. This includes providing more opportunities for citizens from all parts of Burien (including newly annexed areas) to work on issues they care about and to have interactive dialog with city staff and the Council. It means respecting and paying attention to the ideas of the Burien Commissions and Partnerships where many people have already donated their time and made recommendations for improvements.
- Examining all opportunities and options for incentivizing business retention, recruitment, and economic development. What can we do with the Northeast Area Development? What is next for First Avenue? How do we turn vacant storefronts and underutilized property throughout the city into assets rather than eyesores for our community? What are the businesses we can support to provide family wage jobs? How can we take advantage of the substantial resources of our wellness cluster, including Highline Hospital and Group Health? I look to work with those who are studying these options and with businesses and community members to explore innovative solutions to change policies and practices to make Burien one of the best places in the region to do business.
- Protecting our unique natural resources. I believe that we cannot have a healthy and thriving community without a healthy environment. Not only do we have a major environmental gem in Seahurst Park, but we have acres of other habitat both onshore and above. We need to maintain the quality of our air and water and begin discussions to prepare Burien for the impacts we’ll likely experience due to climate change. Many other cities nationwide and in our region are taking advantage of available resources and moving this dialog forward. Burien needs to do the same.
- Ensuring the health of our citizens. I want to know how our community’s health compares to others. Are we doing all we can to ensure the safety and health of our children, seniors, and others? What can the Council do to more effectively support healthy behavior, including promoting improved access to healthy food throughout the community?
What I am not in favor of:
- Lack of respect and responsiveness from our elected and city officials in addressing community concerns.
- Wards for Council members. I don’t believe this approach will contribute to our ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively as a city.
- Business as usual in Burien.
As a Councilmember, I will commit to understand community views and work collaboratively with my colleagues to put in place the leadership we need to help Burien realize its full potential. I respectfully ask for your support and vote in this upcoming election. THANK YOU!
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Burien, WA 98166