Federal Way resident Roger Flygare is throwing his hat in the ring for City Council, taking on incumbent Martin Moore for council position No. 6.
Flygare announced his candidacy this week. According to a press release, Flygare’s priorities are creating safe neighborhoods, the Performing Arts & Events Center, being a strong advocate for businesses, making sure stakeholders have their say before fees or taxes are raised, and restructuring City Council positions.
Flygare said, to create safer neighborhoods, he will push for more “well-placed surveillance cameras and increased manned patrols, resulting in quicker response time by the police department.”
“With my 30-plus years’ worth of experience in the civil/criminal justice system, I have an established background to make our community safe,” he said in the press release.
He also wants to ensure the PAEC “doesn’t become a white elephant that will end up on the tax rolls for the residents of Federal Way to bail out,” according to the press release.
In addition to making sure the city hosts stakeholder sessions before any fees are raised, he wants voters to approve any tax increases.
He said he will also promote more interaction between City Hall and the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce and recently testified in favor of House Bill 2005, to allow all businesses to file for all licenses and endorsements online, via the state Department of Revenue. He said this may allow cities like Federal Way to use full-time employee hours for other “useful purposes.”
“As a business owner and member of the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Association of Washington Business, I will act as a watchdog for impacts on business, either good or negative,” he said in the press release.
Flygare also said in his announcement that he feels City Council members should be elected from the areas in which they live and be numbered districts one through seven.
Flygare has lived in Federal Way since 1968 He has owned and operated two legal service agencies for more than 30 years, and he and his wife own a property management business. He is a Vietnam veteran and is an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1741.