I, Bob Edgar, am officially announcing my campaign for election to the Burien City Council, Position #2.
It has been a privilege and an honor to serve Burien residents for the past four years as deputy mayor and as a councilmember. Public Safety, Economic Development, resolution of the Annexation issue (PAA) and DOE acceptance of the Shoreline Master Plan (SMP) have been top priorities for the City.
My goal for Burien: A safe, vibrant city with a small town flavor that supports Burien residents, families and businesses for the long-term. Burien is poised for further success and the time is now to elect energetic, positive and practical problem-solving leaders to the Burien Council. With many years of business experience, I stand for open, honest, responsive government, sound fiscal management and robust economic development for Burien.
Town Square, with the addition of the Merrill Gardens and the Legacy apartment building construction projects, has brought a new energy to the City’s landscape. The innovative storm water system in the airport impacted Northeast Redevelopment Area (NERA) has already attracted new development and future new jobs to the city. Burien’s new newsletter/magazine and the Economic Development Plan will make Burien a quality contender for attracting new businesses, new home buyers and new visitors to the City. I've been a key voice and vote in these projects. I will continue to champion increased protection of critical areas. A healthy natural environment is one of the key building blocks for a healthy economy, healthy neighborhoods and healthy residents. As promised, my vote was key to putting an end to annexation. I also played a critical role in reduced garbage service costs and receiving Federal monies for road improvements to SR 518.Other accomplishments during my term:
As a Burien resident of 36 years, my community service includes: acquisition of the Salmon Creek Greenbelt, Seahurst Park preservation, Director of Shorewood Community Club, Sustainable Burien, Community Gardens, Neighbors of Seahurst Park, Clean Sweep, supporting local Boy Scout projects, regional Salmon recovery, and development of the first neighborhood plan in the Burien Comprehensive Plan.
My professional education and work experience are in science, business administration, computer software management and education. I received my doctorate from Seattle University and currently work for a major regional aerospace company in the area.
Burien is finally moving forward economically and it needs to have stable and dependable leadership on the Council to keep that momentum. I am the council member that can provide that committed and passionate leadership for the Council, City and Burien residents. Town square needs to be a vibrant core attracting more business and visitors-a landmark of which to be proud. More attention needs to be placed on our neighborhoods that are not just in the “hub” area of Burien. Burien needs a community recreation activity center for our youth and residents; recreation is a component of economic development and healthier life. The recently announced construction of a $19.4M health science facility at Burien's Puget Sound Skill Center will provide great educational opportunities for students from the Highline, Federal Way, Fife, Tahoma and Tukwila school districts to develop marketable skills.
Thank you for all that you do to make Burien a better place to live, work and play.
If you have questions regarding my campaign, contact me at <ElectBob4Burien at yahoo.com>, 206-734-9653, or send a note to ElectBob4Burien, P.O. Box 47382, Seattle, WA 98126.
If you would like to contact me as your elected official, I can be reached at <bobe at burien.wa.gov>, 206-734-9653.
I respectfully ask for your continued support and vote in this upcoming election. Thank you.
Please vote by November 3, 2015.
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