Following up on her intention not to seek a fifth term on the Kirkland City Council, Mayor Joan McBride announced today that she will not run for reelection in November. “We have a great city council now and I’m confident that as I retire the city is in able hands and on a great course forward,” said McBride. “I intend to serve out my term with the same enthusiasm and commitment to our city that I brought to the job 16 years ago”.
When asked about the highlights of her tenure on the council she mentioned: advocating for funds for critical transportation projects such as the 116th freeway project, and the Kirkland Transit Center. Championing affordable housing in the city with projects such as Plum Court and the South Kirkland Park and Ride Transit Oriented Development. Advocating for a council Ethics Policy and Code of Conduct. Working to save a number of public art installations and advocating for bike and pedestrian safety. McBride was an early supporter of the Kirkland Teen Union Building (KTUB) and both the youth and senior councils. She is also a staunch supporter of Kirkland Parks and Open Spaces. She is proud of her years on the Finance Committee and that, even during an economic downturn, the city continues to enjoy a ‘Triple A’ credit rating from S&P and clean audits from the state.
She is also proud of her work on regional transportation solutions and environmental issues such as salmon recovery and flood control. In 2007 she received a “Special Project Award’ from the King Conservation District. She was a founding member of the Eastside Human Services Forum and in 2007 received the “Elected Official of the Year ‘ from the Alliance of Eastside Agencies.
Joan was elected by the council to serve as Mayor in 2010 and previously had served the council for ten years as Deputy Mayor. Prior to election to the Kirkland City Council, she served on the Houghton Community Council as chair and vice chair.
Asked what she intends to do after retirement, McBride said, “I am keeping my options open but I expect I will have more time for family and travel.”
Finally McBride is grateful that she has enjoyed two plus decades of service to Kirkland where she has lived for 52 years. “I grew up here and my children grew up here. I wanted my children to inherit the same kind of hometown I experienced as a child and young adult. We have changed over the years but we remain a city that is welcoming and safe – a city with engaged neighborhoods, schools and businesses. It’s been a good run.”