City Council Pos. 3
One candidate running for this position responded to our questionnaire:
Patti Dailey Primaried Out
Two candidates did not respond to our questionnaire:
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Do you support Sanctuary Status for the area you would represent? Please explain.
Yes. I am categorically opposed to profiling, rounding up and deporting anyone based on their immigration status. I believe in a legal track to residency and citizenship for those who have been here, working, learning, contributing to the economy and sustaining their families. I believe that cities need to protect those living in their areas from invasions from ICE and we as a community should not be aiding or abetting them in their mission. Although I don’t live in Tacoma, I think “Welcoming” is a cop out and means to skirt the issue. I would love to see all the incorporated cities in Pierce County resist the targeting of anyone based on their country of origin.
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)
I am categorically against I-1552, and have been sporting a nice big sign in the rear window of my SUV asking people to decline to sign for weeks. One of my favorite places to hang is the County building where paid signature gatherers are out in force. Again, I am not a Tacoma City resident, but I definitely support protecting undocumented immigrants. I have a personal family connection to someone who is a Dreamer, but can't afford the money or the time he would be expected to return to a country where he has no ties, he has a family with four children that he supports. I think we need to do more to provide reasonable paths to legal status and citizenship for them.
Goals & Needs of Constituency
If you could achieve three accomplishments in your coming term, what would they be?
My first concern is our lack of balance in our budged line items. While police protection is important, we also need to insure we are paying for our parks so our children have safe, maintained areas to participate in sports and recreation programs. My second is to insure we adhere to prevailing wage and safety standards on all public works projects. Preferences should be given to contractors with excellent records in this area, with no history of violations. My third is to insure we protect the Chambers Creek trail system, Audriana Hess Refuge and our portion of the Puget Sound shoreline. These three areas are resources to all residents of Pierce County and The City of University Place is a steward to them. The council right now is very conservative, and I would be the only Strong Democrat there. I would like to provide a new voice representing the working class, single parents and the 44% of our population who rent here.
What are the top five needs of your constituency?
1. We need to insure affordable housing continues to be available so people already living here can continue enjoying our city and not be pushed out.
2. We need to attract businesses that pay living wages and contribute to the community. I’m not impressed that the last two new businesses were Whole Foods and Jimmy Johns. We also pushed out Big Lots because building rentals were too high. We have empty storefronts that we can’t fill because of landlords with high expectations
3. We need to insure that our public projects use contractors who honor the prevailing wage and safety standards, use local apprentices and journeymen, which offers opportunities for young adults to learn a trade right here in our community
4. We need to insure the 44 % of our population who rent in our community have an equal voice to the 55% of residents who reside in their own property. Property owners who don’t even reside here should not have a stronger voice in what happens and how we govern our community.
5. We need to provide more employment options for our young people so they stay in the community and have viable means of support. Employers need to pay a living wage, and provide benefits.
Connecting with Young People
How do you plan to involve the voices and needs of young people?
My son will be 30 this year. He is a typical Millennial, and I understand a lot of the challenges this generation is facing. I am very proud of this generation and their passion and interest in getting involved and making sweeping changes. The status quo is not working for them, and we need to listen. I would have an open door, and reach out to young people for their opinions, concerns and ideas for change. They are our future, and they deserve a hand in shaping it.
Do you have any plans for improving police-minority relations? Please explain your response.
Yes. We contract our police from Pierce County. I think it is a county-wide issue and we all need to work together to insure we are not profiling, using excessive force or treating anyone differently based on the color of their skin, age, or other demographics.
How will you advocate for the homeless population? Including in regards to city camp sweeps and voting rights?
Good question! Pierce county needs to find better solutions for our homeless. City camp sweeps simply kicks the can down the road. People move out into the suburbs, further from areas where there are resources like day labor, food banks, missions, employment counseling services, etc. This does not solve anything. I would love to see a homeless coalition county-wide, where we can provide a tiny house community with an opportunity for people to have a stable address, a place to lock their belongings, a safe place to sleep, sanitary facilities, and access to computers and social and mental health services so they can find a path out of homelessness.
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.
Yes. I believe net neutrality is important because it helps to avoid discrimination and ensures equal access to information regardless of a person’s socio-economic status. Without net neutrality, ISP providers are free to charge premium prices for access situations that should be free, like libraries. An example of how this is a problem was the lawsuit against Comcast, who slowed down streaming for anything coming from Netflix, until Netflix paid them a premium for allowing service through the Comcast ISPs. This is only a win for the corporations, and a loss for consumers. It contributes to the higher costs for streaming services like Netflix and Hulu - as they have to pay these surcharges to Comcast, Wave and other companies.
I don’t think ISP corporations should be able to hold both independent streaming companies or other entertainment, educational content or other services, hostage with the eventual loser being the consumer who will not only have to face the extremely high costs of getting internet access, but also the rising costs of other services. I think this is just another way to punish people who choose to abandon conventional cable services and get their information via internet services.
Net Neutrality is important because it means that there can be no restrictions of any kind on access to content on the Web, no restrictions on downloads or uploads, and no restrictions on communication methods (email, chat, IM, etc.) It also means that access will not be blocked, slowed down, or sped up depending on where that access is based or who owns the access point(s).
What does Net Neutrality mean for the average Web user?
When we get on the Web, we are able to access the entire Web: that means any website, any video, any download, any email.
We use the Web to communicate with others, go to school, do our jobs, and connect with people all over the world. Because of the freedom that governs the Web, this access is granted without any restrictions whatsoever.
How would you protect people in your area from having their info sold through ISP?
I would support legislation that would protect people from having their information sold without their permission.
Incumbency, PCYD's Involved & Campaign Consultants
Are you an incumbent to this position?
Do you have any staff from PCYDs currently working or volunteering for you? If so, what are their names?
I don’t have any ‘staff’ yet. I would love to have help from YD’s, and hope they would help.
What consultants for this current campaign have you worked/collaborated with?
I have not worked with a consultant yet. The one I would have considered is now working for a congressman, so not actively consulting. I would rather spend my available funds directly, rather than to a consultant. I am getting a lot of valuable advice from prior candidates like Marisa Peloquin, current elected officials like Christine Kilduff, and people who have worked with campaigns.