Meet the candidates

MEET THE CANDIDATES: MOUNTLAKE TERRACE COUNCIL POSITION 1

Angela Amundson

Age: 51

Residence: Mountlake Terrace

Education: Shoreline High School, Shoreline Community College, Western Washington University.

Occupation: Entrepreneur, real estate investor and restaurant owner (Cafe on the Terrace in Mountlake Terrace for 10 years).

Political experience: Four years, Mountlake Terrace City Councilwoman; service on three city committees and the police advisory board.

Personal experience: Volunteer, Mountlake Terrace Senior Group; several youth committees (skateboard park, high school culinary program, Server for a Day); volunteer work with Tour de Terrace, the Mountlake Terrace Garden Club, the Rotary Club and Lions.

Top three issues:

1. Open and honest communication and outreach from City Hall to citizens.

2. Budget revenues to equal budget expenditures to afford such items as an off-leash dog park, skateboard park or larger senior center, for example.

3. Develop a vision for downtown to attract business.

In her own words: I am very passionate about the citizens of Mountlake Terrace and will see to it, at all times, that their voice is heard. When I am on the dais, everything about me is irrelevant. The citizens come first. My accomplishments on the council include Brightwater and Paine Field opposition, greater outreach to our diverse community, regular land acquisition for our parks and open space, new management and a faster permit process.

Fun fact: My birthmark is behind my left ear.

Cindy Bruce

Age: 49

Residence: Mountlake Terrace

Education: B.A. Chemistry, Pacific Lutheran University

Occupation: Homemaker

Political experience: Chairwoman, Mountlake Terrace Recreation and Parks Advisory Commission; on the committee to edit the 2004 City Survey.

Personal experience: I am an 18-year resident of Mountlake Terrace. I helped start the Annual Citywide Clean-up in Mountlake Terrace, volunteered at the annual Easter Egg hunt, 5K Run and other city events. I am an active member of my church where I lead small groups and teach. I am a member of the Garden Club.

Top three issues:

1. I want to restore mutual respect and cooperation, within the council, between council and staff, and between council and the citizens.

2. I want improved care and increased public safety for our neighborhood parks.

3. I want council goals to include a focus on the neighborhoods and the quality of life in those neighborhoods.

In her own words: Mountlake Terrace is a place that values community, and I do, too. I can set goals and accomplish them. My chemistry background enables me to understand environmental issues. I highly value public safety. My experience in family life has equipped me to interact effectively with other City Council members, city staff and the citizens of Mountlake Terrace. I love Mountlake Terrace and will work diligently for the good of the community.

Fun fact: I enjoy gardening.

Michael A. Jones

Age: 50

Residence: Mountlake Terrace

Education: Mount San Antonio College, Walnut, Calif. Certified Corporate Trust Specialist. American Banking Association

Occupation: Vice president and manager, J.P. Morgan.

Political experience: Precinct committee officer, one term.

Personal experience: 25-year banking career; board member, ARC of King County; board member, Alaska Government Finance Officers Association; U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Division; Junior Achievement instructor.

Top three issues:

1. Public safety – ensure police and fire services are adequately funded.

2. Maintain the integrity and character of our community, ensure our parks and recreational services are at the highest standards and provide quality youth programs.

3. Ensure residents are informed on pending issues affecting our community.

In his own words: As a vice president and manager, and with over 25 years in banking, I understand the need for financial integrity. My job as your councilman will be to ensure there is accountability when our tax dollars are spent. I will work to ensure the stabilization of taxes by promoting a streamlined city hall and will aid the administration in working with the state and county. I will work with our entire community for common-sense solutions that answer the changing needs of our growing city. I will provide leadership, maturity and common sense when making crucial decisions affecting our community. We need a vision that will carry us forward, that is proactive as opposed to reactive.

Fun fact: Enjoys snowboarding

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE CITY COUNCIL POSITION 4

Gerald Conner

Age: 62

Residence: Mountlake Terrace

Education: Douglass High, Oklahoma City, Okla.; BA Sociology, University of Washington; AA, Opthomics, Seattle Central Community College.

Occupation: Optical technician

Political experience: None

Personal experience: Commission on Parks and Recreation; Mountlake Terrace Garden Club; Mountlake Terrace Citizens Survey Committee; Mountlake Terrace Housing Authority; Blue Sector Disaster Coordinator for the Emergency Service Coordinating Agency.

Top three issues:

1. Protect the environment.

2. Keep our citizens safe.

3. Create a vital downtown center.

In his own words: We need to preserve the integrity of our sewer system, focus resources to maintain emphasis on speed control throughout our neighborhoods, and support a reasonable market analysis for our downtown center concept.

Fun fact: Likes travel and skiing.

Douglas Wittinger

Age: 41

Residence: Mountlake Terrace

Education: AS, Construction Engineering

Occupation: Senior engineering specialist, Northshore Utility District

Political experience: Four years, Mountlake Terrace City Council member; past member, city Board of Adjustment, city Planning Commission; Seashore Transportation Forum; Sound Transit Policy Forum; Puget Sound Regional Council, representative for Snohomish County Cities.

Personal experience: Yearly participant in the city clean-up, member of the Mountlake Terrace Garden Club, Mountlake Terrace 50th Birthday Committee and Citizens Budget Committee.

Top three issues:

1. Balance the budget.

2. Consistent code enforcement.

3. Explore outsourcing other city services (like we did with our fire department).

In his own words: During my first term as your councilman, I gained greater understanding of how the city works and of how things are funded and paid for. I voted with your voices as my guide, using the results from previous elections or from citizen input to shape my decisions. I have a passion for improving the image of our city. If re-elected, I will focus on the following goals: will bring an attitude of openness and responsiveness to our government, consistent code enforcement, prioritization of all city services, consistent funding for our streets, policies that will not increase our city’s population density and balancing the budget (presently our expenditures exceed revenues by $1 million – I want to end this practice). Please vote for me if you share these goals.

Fun fact: Likes motorcycle riding and photography.

Kyoko Wright

Age: 55

Education: Graduated from Inglemoor High School and the University of Washington

Occupation: Real estate agent since 1977. Realtor since 1983. With Coldwell Banker Bain since 1983.

Political experience: Mountlake Terrace Planning Commission for three years.

Personal experience: Past president of the Snohomish County Camano Association of Realtors, board member since 1990. Member of the board of directors of the Washington Realtors since 1996. Past vice president of Association Operations, Washington Realtors. Previous vice president of the Mountlake Terrace Elementary school PTA.

Top three issues:

1. Preserving our neighborhoods.

2. Protecting our city’s uniqueness by working to maintain the unique characteristics that make Mountlake Terrace a great city to live in.

3. To bring a balanced viewpoint back to our city. The only way to accomplish great things is by working together.

In her own words: Have always been concerned with the community in which I resided. As a homeowner and parent, I started to become involved through my work and my son’s school.

Fun fact: I volunteer at the UW School of Drama with fundraising, alumni relations and mentoring the students.

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