EDITOR’S NOTE: Since our creation in 2007, The B-Town Blog allows residents running for local office one free post for when they announce their candidacy:
My name is Patricia Hudson and I am running for Burien City Council, Position 4 because our city deserves leaders who are willing to take action and address the issues we face everyday.
I have over 25 years experience as a Human Resource Professional working with stakeholders to represent diverse points of view, develop and implement solid policies, and ensure my work community thrives. I have training in leadership development, conflict resolution and management, and have worked across many industries, including human services, transportation, education, and health care. I have also served on a variety of community boards. My work and life experience have prepared me to be an active and effective council member. I bring to the table much needed leadership, conflict resolution skills, and a willingness to roll my sleeves up and actually do the work.
I am troubled watching the suffering of my neighbors while our council fails to accept the responsibility of finding solutions. The answers are there for us, we just need leaders with the courage to put the good of all the residents of the city first. I am that leader. I am a person of action and I am determined to make a difference. I will work on council and with my community to increase housing availability, find scalable solutions for our unhoused neighbors, drive increased economic development opportunities, develop realistic transportation solutions, and ensure climate change is always a part of the discussion.
Public safety continues to be one of our city’s biggest concerns. Before we make a plan of action, we need to find out what “safety” means to our diverse population. I will begin to address our issues by bringing community stakeholders together to guide us as we set our course. Burien has been a leader in the region when it comes to community policing alternatives and approaching safety by getting to core issues and addressing unmet needs. I plan to continue that momentum.
When I moved to Burien nearly 30 years ago to raise my two amazing sons – now grown and out on their own – my family quickly fell in love with the beauty and diversity of our new city. I have enjoyed watching the growth of our city over the years and am excited to dedicate my time and energy to help Burien realize its full potential. We strive to be a welcoming city for all, and to do so, we need to take great care to manage the inevitable growth. We must remain welcoming to the people living here today, as well as those who hope to call Burien home in the future. We thrive by raising the entire community.
I humbly ask for your vote, Burien. And if you are ready to make a change and get things done, please join my campaign!
We are having a kick off canvassing event this coming Saturday at Burien Press (details here). We meet at 10:00 and again at 12:30. Please come by and say hello! If you are ready to help me get my message out, we will welcome you!