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Reasons to re-elect Jeanne Burbidge | Election letters

Here's why we endorse Jeanne Burbidge for re-election to Federal Way City Council. We've know her for over 30 years and our kids have gone to school together. So, what has knowing her given us the ability to tell you about her qualification?

She will always listen to you and consider your views and opinions. Jeanne believes in quality representation and well thought out strategic leadership. She will strive to continue to develop a first class city that offers a high quality of life that truly makes Federal Way a great place to live and work. Isn't that what we all want?

She's a visionary and supporter of the city center redevelopment project that includes the Performing Arts and Conference Center (PACC). Likewise, she aggressively moved to make Federal Way known for its pro-business environment. She is a strong proponent and leader insisting that the city offers a business-friendly tax structure with no business and occupation tax or employee head tax, as well as a streamlined permitting system and a newly improved infrastructure. That's why community groups and business leaders see her as tops in economic development and job creation.

With the tough times and crime rates within the state, public safety is in the forefront in Jeanne's agenda. Ask the cops. They'll tell you that she believes any crime is too much crime and that it has to be dealt with smartly. Crime is always a hot button political issue filled with plenty of emotion. She doesn't believe that simply throwing money at the problem is the best solution, but believes in spending money for additional police officers consistent with a well-defined strategy. And that has to be developed with the capable and expert advice of our police command staff, not from knee jerk reactions.

In 2013-14, with her guidance the city adopted a "no cuts, no frills" budget that is sensible and effective. It allows Federal Way to move positively into the future. What we have always admired about Jeanne is that you will get her honest opinion and she will have your best interests at heart. She's a veteran and knows what works for you; she's worked to build a reputation of honesty, trust and integrity. Why? Having the perspective and experience on the council on how and why decisions have been made is very important as we go forward and meet our future challenges. Listen to her talk about that future — it looks wonderful.

Please join us in supporting and re-electing Jeanne Burbidge for Federal Way City Council.

Dave and Connie Myers, Federal Way

 

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