We live in complicated times, in which technical knowledge combined with big picture thinking and an action agenda are keys to our community’s future. In college Paul Roberts studied environmental sustainability and has since had a lifetime focus on climate action. He serves as board chair of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and as a consultant to Washington Association of Cities and Towns. He’s been a leader on Everett City Council for climate policies and helped pass the 2020 City of Everett Climate Action Plan. He has the technical knowledge and right values to lead on this issue.
Paul also has a 50-year history focused on housing issues and is a champion for affordable housing solutions. He has studied and knows federal and state housing policy and resource opportunities and sees the development of housing for all income segments of our community as a strategic and urgent priority for the next four years. His technical knowledge and passion for this issue is needed in Everett’s leadership and advocacy circles in the next four years.
Also, Councilman Roberts represents Everett as one of 18 board members for Sound Transit, which is making critical transit system decisions that will effect Everett for decades to come. This board seat is a valuable asset for the future of Everett’s transit center and for development in Everett as the northern terminus of the regional light rail system. We need to retain Paul in this import role.
I stand ready to work with Paul on affordable housing, transit systems and climate action. His technical expertise and passion for these issues will benefit Everett in the critical years ahead.