MetroParks District of Tacoma

Commissioner Pos. 4

All three candidates running for this position responded to our questionnaire:
Cat Henderson Primaried Out
Stephanie Smith
Andrea Smith

Candidates are listed in the order they will appear on your ballot.
There was a primary for this office.
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Sanctuary Status

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

Cat Henderson

Yes

Yes. Absolutely.

Stephanie Smith

Yes

Yes. I support Sanctuary status. People have come to our country in search of better lives, possibly escaping dangerous situations and we shouldn’t place them in a position where they won’t report crimes or be able to protect themselves due to the fact that they are afraid to ask for help.

Andrea Smith

Yes

Yes. I believe that immigrants have a right to become US citizens and if they are in that process, they should be allowed to stay in Tacoma. Families should not be torn apart through deportation.

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)

Cat Henderson

PUI, decline to sing I-1552. Human rights advocate.

Stephanie Smith

We should protect everyone's right to live without discrimination and free from fear regardless of where they come from or how they identify themselves.

Andrea Smith

Yes I support Decline to Sign I-1552 and the Petition to Tacoma City Council to protect Undocumented Immigrants

Goals & Needs of Constituency

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

Cat Henderson

Responsible spending plan for parks initiatives, maintain existing services.

Stephanie Smith

1) Save Portland Avenue Park and Community Center from being shut down and sold off.
2) Place additional parks and green spaces in underserved areas of the East and South sides of Tacoma.
3) Ensure existing facilities in underserved areas are usable and of comparable quality.

Andrea Smith

As a Parks Commissioner I want to ensure that the Eastside Community Center is built as that area of our city is lacking services. I want to ensure that the 2014 Bond funds are leveraged to their fullest so that all projects are completed as promised by 2024.

What are the top five needs of your constituency?

Cat Henderson

Representation, representation, representation!

Stephanie Smith

Equity.
More Parks in low income areas
Greater Support for Chip In volunteers.
More low cost/ no cost recreation opportunities in low income areas.
Better representation of local neighborhoods in decision making process.

Andrea Smith

Parks are maintained and safe for all. Park classes/activities and athletics are held equally in all areas of the city.

Connecting with Young People

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

Cat Henderson

Go to where young people are to listen to their concerns.

Stephanie Smith

Parks serve children and young people. Their input and needs should be a part of the decision making process. Having local children and youth provide their vision of what these local parks should have and what they should look like and using them to make a more usable space.

Andrea Smith

By listening to any who would contact me

Police-Minority Relations

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

Cat Henderson

Yes

Yes. Get them together in as many venues as can be thought of.

Stephanie Smith

Yes

Yes. Engaging members of the police force in recreational activities in the neighborhoods they serve through competitions, collaborative arts projects, volunteerism, festivals, athletic activities. There is a great deal of negativity and partly through lack of understanding and openness.

Andrea Smith

No

No. As a non-minority I was taught to respect police. I would hope that police would have ongoing classes in respecting all people and to not judge others by the color of their skin. I believe that the Chiefs of our local Pierce County and City of Tacoma law enforcement are committed to equal treatment of all citizens and continue to be role models for their departments.

Homelessness

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

Cat Henderson

Advocate for human rights in all circumstances.

Stephanie Smith

Homeless people use our cities parks and facilities. Providing more free recreational and enrichment activities to all citizens would benefit them as well. The parks system should act as a bridge to encourage them to use safer alternatives to outdoor encampments by connecting them to service providers.

Andrea Smith

Those who want help out of homelessness, should be assisted by an agency who will find them temporary housing, benefits such as SNAP and job training or job search assistance. If the camp is “unsanitary” as I understand that some people prefer to live “off the grid”, live in a sanitary manner so a camp would not be a health hazard.

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.

Cat Henderson

Yes

Yes. Net neutrality is an absolute base as is human rights. Advocate at every opportunity.

Stephanie Smith

Yes

Yes. It might not be high on my priority list but, if faced with impending actions that would jeopardize our rights I would act. My focus would be primarily on parks and recreation.

Andrea Smith

Yes

Yes. I do not understand the issue well enough to form an intelligent opinion except to say as we as a society are more and more dependent on the internet, it should be treated similar to a utility with equal rights for all.

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

Cat Henderson

Advocate for legislators and legislation to guarantee net confidentiality.

Stephanie Smith

Encouraging them to only go through services that have committed to protect our privacy, so that other providers will do the same.

Andrea Smith

Through State and/or Federal legislation

Incumbency, PCYD's Involved & Campaign Consultants

Are you an incumbent to this position?

Cat Henderson

No

Stephanie Smith

No

Andrea Smith

Yes

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

Cat Henderson

No

No.

Stephanie Smith

No

None. No staff yet.

Andrea Smith

No

None.

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

Cat Henderson

Individuals from the community. As many as want to talk.

Stephanie Smith

I’ve just started. Much of my collaboration has been having conversations with fellow community leaders.

Andrea Smith

Other elected officials - this is my first campaign as I was unopposed for my previous election.

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