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August 1, 2017 Primary Election

City Council Position 9

Eric W. Smiley

PO Box 23183
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 552-1964
selectsmiley@gmail.com
www.selectsmiley.com

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Written Voters' Guide Statement

My name is Eric Smiley and I want to do the good work for you as your Position 9 Seattle City Councilmember. Seattle is not using our great resources to our true benefit. Work is done in a piecemeal way with lack of a cohesive plan. I will provide balance to the council's efforts. Putting them in context rather than drag our feet. I will work to give Seattle the momentum to reach the better future.

Affordable Housing is the big challenge. People living in Seattle for many years are pushed farther away. Black communities along Martin Luther King Boulevard are forced South by rising rents and development. There is on MLK Boulevard a true definition of irony. Now is the time to check our development qualities and be sure today's Seattle will not be just a memory for residents but the beginning of healthy urban growth.

Preschool is one of critical pieces in childhood education. It was given short shrift by the city council. Preschool funding is supported by nearly seventy percent of the voters. This demonstrates the lack of initiative seen on the city council. I will go directly to work on free, universal preschool at every council meeting.

Public Safety is the key function of governance. Laws are meant to secure the safety of all citizens. We must be vigilant in assuring that steps to reduce use of police force continue. Investments in education, understanding and community reward society and lower public safety expenses.

Homelessness is inexorably tied to affordable housing. A path to affordable housing is needed for those without a place to stay. We need to continue reaching out with social services. The aged, those needing healthcare, addicted, mental health challenged all need help. As much as possible we should understand how our homeless found themselves in these circumstances and prevent the start of homelessness.

Mass transit is a key element of any city. The Seattle mass transit system can reach out to every neighborhood. My job will be to reach that goal.

My name is Eric Smiley and I am meeting the people of Seattle. I am the one listening to the people of Seattle. And I am running for Seattle City Council Position 9 so I can robustly represent Seattle residents. , what they are concerned about, and where our good work should be done.

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