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My impression of Katrina Asay | Federal Way letters

I have known Katrina Asay, the mayor of Milton, for a little less than a year now, and in that time I have come to realize something about her that I would like to share with all of you. Katrina is not a politician; she is a real person just like you who loves her community. Katrina is your neighbor, a trusted friend, a mother and grandmother, and a woman who works very hard on behalf of the citizens of Milton as their mayor. Anyone who went to the District 30 Legislative debate on Oct. 4 saw that Katrina is a straight talker who doesn’t just tell people what they want to hear. She is honest, soft spoken and tough. Katrina spoke from the heart while her opponent just read prepared remarks at the debate.

Katrina became the mayor of Milton almost seven years ago, balanced the budget, and kept the city on the right track through these tough economic times. That is nothing short of miraculous considering the poor state our economy has been in these past few years. Katrina had to make some cuts to balance Milton's budget, and while not everyone was happy with the cuts initially, the tough decisions she made left the city healthy. Just this year she balanced the budget without raising taxes. We need that type of experience in Olympia as our state faces huge budget shortfalls topping $3 billion. We need experienced leaders like Katrina who can get our state budget back on track.

Katrina Asay’s priorities include immediately reforming the budget so schools and the vulnerable are not hurt more by bad decisions. Again, we are facing more than a $3 billion budget shortfall this next year, and if we don’t fix this soon, that shortfall will grow and affect everyone. Carol Gregory’s priorities are to increase income taxes rather than reform spending and spend to get people into mass transit and out of cars. The people of the 30th District need jobs now, and the spending Gregory advocates will kill jobs we desperately need. We also need to steer clear of an income tax that punishes high earners and if enacted will soon trickle down to you and I.

Katrina Asay has the skills and experience we need, and she has what it takes to build consensus and get the job done.

Carrie BeSerra, Federal Way

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