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Burien resident Robert L. Richmond III announced this week that he will be running for Burien City Council, Pos. 6, the seat that will be vacated by Deputy Mayor Austin Bell, who is not seeking re-election.

Richmond joins Sofia Aragon, Cydney Moore, Shelli Park, Charles Schaefer, Kevin Schilling and Omaha Sternberg (so far) in the 2019 race.

There are three seats up for grabs this year:

  • Pos. #2 (incumbent: Bob Edgar)
  • Pos. #4 (incumbent: Lucy Krakowiak)
  • Pos. #6 (incumbent: Austin Bell, who is NOT seeking re-election)

The Primary Election will be Aug. 6, and the General Election will be Nov. 6.

The deadline to file is May 17.

Here’s Richmond’s full announcement:

Hello Friends,

My name is Robert L. Richmond III and I am excited to announce my candidacy for the City of Burien Council, seat #6.

Waste to energy technology, W2E, is here and ready to go! You may have seen the commercials on TV recently. I will bring W2E to Burien. With this technology, we will take waste of all types (except nuclear), and gasify it to produce electricity, natural gas, and jet fuel, thereby ending recycling. With a little time and effort, we will turn Burien into a utility. We will set up contracts with our neighboring cities and sell them power generated from waste. Please see the link www.bp.com for an example and more information.

This technology is available here in Washington State. It’s similar technology as to what they have in Sweden. This new technology will have a capture rate of approximately 97%. We will end recycling!

With our profits, we will work within a model like that of the state of Alaska with their oil profits. If you are a renter, you will see savings in the form of free waste pick-up and free power bills. Additionally, profit sharing will be available for those citizens who own a home and/or business.

Many of us get hit hard when the storms come over the hills causing power outages for what seems like days on end. We should and can have our own local crews restoring our power.

Homelessness is a persistent concern in our community. With the profits we will make from being a utility, and selling our jet fuel to SeaTac Airport, we will be able to employ more police officers, support Mary’s Place Women’s Center, and finally address the homeless situation. This has always been a three-part solution: government, private sector, and non-profits. All will need to participate in order to make this successful. I am committed to bringing these entities together to create positive change for Burien. With time, patience, and jobs, will win these battles!

We already have willing and able partners. My question for discussion is: do we want to lower taxes to next to zero, put money into our pockets, make profits for the city, create jobs, and end recycling?

I look forward to a spirited discussion and getting results for our city.

Robert L. Richmond III
City of Burien Council Candidate, Position 6

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