Milton

City Council Pos. 2

One candidate running for this position responded to our questionnaire:
Susan J.F. Johnson

One candidate did not respond to our questionnaire:
Laurie (Rose) Hatch
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Sanctuary Status

Do you support Sanctuary Status for the area you would represent? Please explain.

Susan J.F. Johnson

Yes

I currently work at PLU and the University supports Sanctuary. The City of Milton has not brought the issue to the council. I have not heard of any concerns or reports as to issues for immigrants in our city at this time. We are a city of around 7,000 people bordered by Edgewood, Fife and Federal Way. I do believe all immigrants should have a fair, safe avenue to citizenship. However, any individual who commits a crime and is found guilty and is not a citizen or holding a correct visa, green card should be deported. The many hard-working immigrants trying to make a way for their families in our country with the promise of the dream should not be penalized. I do believe all should contribute to the tax base in this country for the services provided to citizens. The children born in the US or the DACA youth of immigrant parents who do not hold citizenship or green card status should not be put in fear of deportation. Let them become individuals who can walk with all of us into the future to make our economics and social welfare better for all. I agree we need to fix our immigration system because it is so cumbersome. It is a shame it costs undocumented people so much money to try to become documented.

PCYD & WA Democrats Resolutions

What resolutions from PCYDs or the WA Democrat State Party do you align with?
(PCYD: Decline to Sign I-1552, Petition: Tacoma City Council: Protect Undocumented Immigrants #HereToStay)

Susan J.F. Johnson

1. Energy, Environment, and the Climate Crisis: I have asked and been unable to get our council to do a proclamation to support other municipalities and the Puyallup Tribal Nation against the Methane Proposed Plant in the last year and the LNG plant. We need to keep the EPA as an enforcing agency.
2. Protection of a free flowing media is essential to our country.
3. The Tribal Relations and Sovereignty should be respected and not diminished within the State.
4. Health care and human services in our expanding society is important and a human right.
5. Corporations are not people.
6. Transparency at all levels of government and corporations is essential to a democratic society.
7. Protection of farms and the clear labeling and prevention of genetically modified crops.
8. Water is a PUBLIC RIGHT, not under a CORPORATION control.
9. Exposure to the Arts develops a whole individual.
10. I have always support the Equal Rights Amendment.
11. End Human Trafficking.
12. Legislation that does not weaken protections of pension funds.
13. I-522 is a difficult. Our society is changing in so many ways. I can see both sides of the issue. I will not sign the petition because it reminds me of the South and the signs for ""Coloreds Only.""

Goals & Needs of Constituency

If you could achieve three accomplishments in your coming term, what would they be?

Susan J.F. Johnson

1. We have poor attendance at our council meetings, I have pushed for over a year and continue to push to have either audio or video of the council meetings incorporated on our website with the printed minutes. We have many citizens who are unable to come to meetings, especially the elderly and disabled.
2. Formation of a National Dog Walker Watch group in our community. Many people own dogs and walk them. Neighbors need to watch out for others and this program would train people to observe and report back any unusual actions happening around the area. Neighbor to Neighbor Protection in this day and age of crime. Another type of crime watch from the National Night Out program.
3. See if I can get the Junior High School and its PTA to become more involved in our government. Education of politics for students by coming to city council meetings. Tours of the City offices and the police station. Go into the schools and talk about city government. The youth are the future. We must plant the seeds early to get them excited about becoming a active participant in their society as they grow up.

What are the top five needs of your constituency?

Susan J.F. Johnson

1. Public Safety: Citizens have shown concerns over the up numbers for car robberies and home invasions, plus mail box break ins.
2. Streets and pass through community issues: As growth continues around us, traffic increases thorough are main street. Street repairs are lacking in some neighborhoods.
3. Economic Development: Mostly a residential city with zoning for businesses limited to the outer edge of the city along Meridian and HWY 99. We need businesses to generate sales taxes to help maintain and improve our services to the citizens.
4. Growth and overcrowded schools: In the Fife School District and neighboring city Edgewood is having a growth spurt in multi-housing and single family building. We also see single family homes being built on what was once a huge parcel and subdivided.
5. Sidewalks: Citizens want more sidewalks within Milton.

Connecting with Young People

How do you plan to involve the voices and needs of young people?

Susan J.F. Johnson

I plan on seeking out the Boys Scouts and the Girl Scouts meetings and introducing myself and listening to what they think about their city.

Police-Minority Relations

Do you have any plans for improving police-minority relations? Please explain your response.

Susan J.F. Johnson

No

May be naive of me. However, I have not seen any indication that police-minority relations are an issue in our city. Our community continues to brag about our police force. We have 13 on our force. Our police chief is Hispanic and we have one Asian officer.
I will begin to ask questions when positions come up in the city and to ask for Affirmative Action reports on the applicants.

Homelessness

How will you advocate for the homeless population? Including in regards to city camp sweeps and voting rights?

Susan J.F. Johnson

I am the city representative on the Pierce County Citizen Action Board. We have not done city camp sweeps. We do have ordinances that prevent panhandling in our city, plus stay out of prostitution and of drug areas.

Net Neutrality & Internet Privacy

Would you advocate for Net Neutrality on a Federal Level? Please explain your response.
Note: There was an error when creating the questionnaire that originally required a 2250 character response. Any additional characters candidates added as filler only have been removed.

Susan J.F. Johnson

Yes

Yes. The NET was created with tax funding and needs to stay out of greedy corporate control. I have donated last year to ActBlue. I will again go online and write to my representatives I am against the removal of Net Neutrality. During my council reports, I often bring up issues that our city and society face. I will make Net Neutrality one of my reports.

How would you protect people in your area from having their info sold through ISP?

Susan J.F. Johnson

I will support our state's effort to prevent info sold through ISPs through bringing the question to our council during my reports and by posting on my facebook page and also writing to support our legistature and governor in this effort.

Incumbency, PCYD's Involved & Campaign Consultants

Are you an incumbent to this position?

Susan J.F. Johnson

Yes

Do you have any staff from PCYDs currently working or volunteering for you? If so, what are their names?

Susan J.F. Johnson

Yes

No staff. Volunteers: Lori Hutson, Brandy Wade, Christie Dean, April Balsley

What consultants for this current campaign have you worked/collaborated with?

Susan J.F. Johnson

None