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What an election we’re having this year! There are 12 unique candidates running for 3 open positions for Burien City Council, which I am sure is a new record.

LETTER: Gary Wood is running for Burien City Council, Position #1 3

My name is Gary Wood, and I am running for Position 1 with four other diverse candidates. There is a Republican, a Democrat + Union Organizer, a Libertarian, an idealist, and then there is me; a true non-partisan independent voice. I have worked my entire life being action-oriented, creating innovation and working for concensus in a very competitive software company.

I’m reaching out to the voters who have realized that political affillation and single issue coalitions are not solving our issues. These polarized groups and individuals are representative of the grid-lock that keeps the State and Federal government ineffectual. We need not to duplicate this disfunction on our local City Council.

I come from humble roots where I grew up in a tight-knit small town in Arkansas with only 2,500 people and we all looked out for each other. Burien has the same small town character where everyone is proud to live here. I have found myself and my wife, Mika love this community and want Burien not to turn into just another suburb of Seattle implementing the same failed policies. We need to start now by choosing the right council members that can work together toward a common future, and take a different path than taken by Seattle .

I have the utmost admiration and respect for the Burien police officers. They put their lives on the line every day so that our community can be safe from crime and dangerous criminals. There are needs for changes where swift and effective justice will come down on criminals making Burien the last place to commit a crime. I’m a strong advocate of an effective police and criminal justice system in Burien where neither politics nor lack of resources will stand in the way to make Burien safe.

I would like to see our City Council providing a vision told as a story where residents can see what Burien will look like in the next 20 years. For me, I envison a city where companies, parks, retail businesses, eclectic shops, restaurants, residential units/homes, schools and churches all can co-exist in a livable eco-System where you reach any of these facets within an enjoyable 20 minute walk; a community where many of our residents in the future won’t have to commute to Seattle everyday because major healthcare and technology centers are located in Burien.

The voters have now received their ballots and can make a choice. Do you want political candidates that propose political solutions? Or, do you want execution oriented Council-members that build and create solutions for our community? It’s time we take control away from political parties and unions that have hidden agendas and let true non-partisans steer Burien’s future.

Please vote and I would appreciate your support.

– Gary Wood

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