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Meet the candidates: Troy Smith

To educate the public before the Aug. 21 primary, The Mirror is giving candidates an opportunity to answer questions regarding important issues facing Federal Way.

Each of the four candidates for position 7 — Dini Duclos, Troy Smith, Hope Elder and Eric Stavney — received the following questions. Responses to each question were limited to 200 words. Each candidate’s answers were published, with a photo, in The Mirror on Aug. 1, Aug. 4, Aug. 8 and Aug. 11.

On Aug. 15, The Mirror will advise readers on what each candidate could bring to the city council if elected. — Andy Hobbs, Mirror editor

1. What is your style of leadership, and how will that enhance Federal Way should you get elected?

My leadership is like any city, mayor or council in which I like a lot of input from citizens and people with different viewpoints, and lead by getting people involved and behind a major task or decision.

2. The City Council recently chose a developer whose project will reshape downtown Federal Way, specifically at the former AMC Theaters site. Current City Council members approved a proposal from United Properties Ltd. by a vote of 4-3. How would you have voted on this project, and what would have been your reasons for voting that way?

Yes, I think the need to have a downtown Federal Way will help the city have a center plause [sic]. And by having a developer whose project will reshape the former AMC Theaters is a very good idea. I would have voted for it. The reason is a city this large needs a center and downtown.

3. There’s been a longtime effort to establish a performing arts center in Federal Way. What role does the city need to play in making this a reality? Who should take the lead in building and running a performing arts center?

A performing arts center would be a very wonderful and important part of Federal Way, but we have to look at three major areas that must be done. First, we must look at the cost and how it will be funded. Will it come from public or private funds? You said that there has been a longtime effort to establish a performing arts center. We need to see how that effort is funded. Second, we need public support because they will use it, and think about the cost of it. If I was on the city council, I would like a group to study the project. And third, all the council members and mayor must be on the same page to sell the public that a performing arts center will be a great part of this city.

4. What role should the City Council play in attracting visitors to Federal Way?

To make known that we have a visitors center at City Hall and also make the public aware of events citywide that will attract visitors like we do in our newspapers and media ads.

5. What would you do as a City Council member to help reduce traffic congestion on Federal Way’s main roads?

At the most, we need to fix our main streets, mainly Pacific Highway South around 272nd Street up to 288th Street. In peak hours, it seems very busy, like 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Also, the major U-turn to go around does help the traffic congestion. As a city council member, I would look at maybe having the after peak hours looked into to see if the workers can work those hours like after 7 or 8 p.m. I do see them at night working, but people need to slow down. They do a very good job.

6. What are the benefits of the proposed annexation that would add 20,000 residents to Federal Way?

There are two major benefits I can see that the proposed annexation would do. First, we would have more homes being built that would make more jobs, in the way of more fire and police jobs. And second, more small businesses would come in and more tax revenue will be the result.

7. What would you do as a City Council member to strengthen the business community and enhance economic development in Federal Way?

First of all, we need to look at the small businesses that are leaving or closing down because of bigger stores opening up. To strengthen business, we need to first make sure our city welcomes small and large companies to come to Federal Way, make it a place to do business, keep takes low and crime down, and start plans to development what city Federal Way should be in the year 2020.

8. What legacy would you like to leave if elected to the Federal Way City Council?

I like to be known as a person who listens to people and looks at all sides of a problem and who is fair and want to see Federal Way move in the right direction, as far as our schools and shopping areas and a place to live and raise a family. A common touch person, that’s how I’d like to be known.

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