Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 5.39.12 PM by Jack Mayne Local attorney Holli Giffin and former Deputy Mayor Bob Edgar are now running head-to-head for the Position 2 seat held by Mayor Lucy Krakowiak, and she has jumped to position 4 to try for a new term on the Burien City Council against newcomer Jon Scherer. Two candidates have filed for position 6, currently held by Councilmember Gerald Robison, who did not file for a new term. Darla Green, a local business owner of Skinperfect Aesthetics and Beauty Bar and vocal opponent of Seattle homeless demonstrators and Austin Bell are going for Robison’s seat. “It is time that someone with leadership and passion steps up to take on the role of advocating for Burien and its citizens, without any personal agendas to distract from the important task of advancing Burien forward to become a successful and prosperous small city,” Green said in April on The B-Town Blog. Austin Bell is a longtime Burien resident, who studied at Highline College and earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Washington while working as a licensed real estate broker. “My passion for local government and community development continued through my work as a real estate professional and into my current pursuit of a Master’s in Urban Planning from the UW,” Bell said on his website. Bell also says that his great-grandfather settled in Burien at the turn of the 19th century, and that his grandfather was “the first person to win a mayoral election in our town.” Neighborhood declining Scherer said in an email Friday that he was born and raised in New York, that he and his wife moved to Seattle in 1996, then bought a house in Boulevard Park in 2002. He said he has been working as a manager in a variety of businesses for more than 20 years but for the past seven he works for the Records and Licensing Services Division for the King County Recorder’s Office. “I’m running for city council because I love my neighborhood, and I believe it needs an active voice in our city government, as do all the residential neighborhoods of Burien,” Scherer said. “Since Boulevard Park’s annexation in 2010, I’ve seen our neighborhood decline in terms of crime, housing issues, economic development, etc., and I’ve seen very little, if any, substantive effort from our city government to affect that. “That needs to change.”]]>