Federal Way Councilwoman Dini Duclos announced on Tuesday her candidacy for re-election to the Council.
She said during the past couple of months, many of her supporters have asked her to run for another term.
“These individuals have stated that my tenure on the Council has been an excellent one and that I bring a different perspective to the many issues that face the Council,” Duclos wrote in a press release. “All were highly encouraging and urged me to proceed with a campaign. I carefully weighed these comments as I made my decision to run for another term on the City Council.”
She said her supporters also expressed that her background and experience brings “a lot of insight and good judgement” to Council discussions and decision making.
Duclos’s experience in budget development and management has been a benefit to the city, as the Council adopted a structurally sound budget for the first time this year, she noted. That budget reflects where the revenue streams come from and does not include one-time funding — “something that has been a staple means to balance the budget in prior years,” she wrote in the press release.
Duclos has also supported the Performing Arts and Conference Center, recognizing the facility’s role in stimulating and re-developing the city’s downtown core. She noted the project is appropriate for Federal Way and will bring more people to the area to shop, eat and play. To support her decision, she interviewed many business owners in the city center, who all expressed their desire to see the project developed.
As the city moves towards the construction stage of the Performing Arts and Conference Center, Duclos added her experience in developing large properties in South King and Pierce counties while at the Multi-Service Center gives her the knowledge and perspective to closely monitor the project’s construction progress and budget.
At the Multi-Service Center, she successfully developed projects worth over $64 million for the organization.
“I was able to do this while keeping the projects on time and within budget, something of which I am most proud,” Duclos wrote.
She was first elected to the Council in 2007 and was appointed as deputy mayor in 2010. She currently serves as chair of finance for the Economic Development and Regional Affairs Committee and is a member of the Parks, Recreation, Human Services and Public Safety Committee.
Duclos holds a Bachelor’s degree in education from Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts and a Master’s in social work from the University of Connecticut.