KIRKLAND CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES
Kirkland City Council Position 4
Party affiliation: Non-Partisan Office Occupation: Senior Program Manager at Microsoft Occupational background: 36 years in the computer industry, building industry consensus on technology standards and as an officer or board member of many industry groups. Educational background: Attended California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo; continuing technical and leadership training, including Leadership Eastside. Organizational affiliations: President, Washington Coalition for Open Government. Advisory Council member, Lake Washington Schools Foundation. Advisory Council member and former board member, Youth Eastside Services. Active member of Totem Lake Neighborhood Association. President, Kingsgate Highlands 3&4 Homeowners Association. Member, Leadership Eastside Class of 2013. Board of Directors member, Heart of America Northwest, which advocates for cleaning up the Hanford nuclear site. Representative to Kirkland Interfaith Network. Prior public experience: Former State Representative, 45th District; represented much of Kirkland in the state legislature, and served as ranking member of the State Government Operations and Accountability committee. Former Commissioner, King County Fire Protection District 41. Chaired Kirkland Ethics Task Force. Co-chaired Citizens for One Kirkland. Chaired Citizens for Accountable Elections, which sponsored Initiative 25 making the King County Director of Elections an elected non-partisan position. Member, Washington State Historical Records Advisory Board. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.tobynixon.com
1. WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE IN THE CITY YOU WOULD ADDRESS IF ELECTED?
Restoring a fiscally responsible and sustainable city budget that provides quality service levels for those essential services Kirkland residents expect.
2. WHAT OTHER IMPORTANT ISSUES WOULD YOU ADDRESS IF ELECTED?
Protect the character and livability of Kirkland’s diverse neighborhoods. Create a more business-friendly environment that encourages healthy local businesses and the jobs and services they provide. Incorporate cost effective accountability and open government processes into city government to encourage transparency and reinforce Kirkland’s tradition of citizen participation and consensus building.
3. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE?
Our city is at a crossroads, and the decisions our city government makes today will determine the Kirkland we build for tomorrow. I have a proven track record of consensus building, fiscal responsibility, and ethics and accountability in my professional experience, legislative service and as a fire commissioner. I do my homework, study the issues and perspectives of stakeholders, and come to meetings prepared to make decisions and move forward. I respect and understand the diverse needs of all of Kirkland including our new neighborhoods, and I will work to bring together all of Kirkland for a better tomorrow.