Amy Walen Announces Kirkland City Council Re-Election Bid

Walen, who serves on City Council in Position 5, said she believes there's a lot more she'd like to help accomplish for Kirkland.

Citing unfinished business regarding parks, economic development, and the ongoing transition issues related to annexation, Kirkland City Council Member Amy Walen announced this week that she will seek re-election to the Kirkland City Council.

Walen, who began her first term on the council in 2010, is chief financial officer at Ford of Kirkland. The campaign will host a kickoff announcement at Juanita Pub at 9736 NE 120th Place (north of Juanita Village in Kirkland) on Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 5:30-7 p.m.

“I ran for office in 2009 because I wanted to make sure that public safety, financial stability and quality of life were the priorities of the city,” said Walen in a press release. “I fought for providing adequate police protection for the annexation areas without shorting the rest of Kirkland. We did that with 30 less people than originally planned.

“As chair of the Finance Committee, we replenished the city’s reserves and maintained our AAA rating while passing stringent audits with flying colors.”

Walen chaired the committee that recommended the voter-approved parks levy be placed on the ballot last year. “This levy assures the maintenance of Kirkland’s incredible park system and provides for the acquisition of more parkland with emphasis on the newly annexed areas of the city,” said Walen. “I will work with the parks department to make sure the money generously committed to us by citizens is spent wisely.

Despite accomplishments such as the parks levy, Walen said in the release that there is more work to be done.

“Our work is not yet finished,” she continued. “Our citizens must continue to be able to safely walk the streets of Kirkland. And I will fight for the continued integration of the city’s neighborhoods plus support economic development in all the commercial areas of the city – especially Totem Lake and Parkplace.”

Walen is a cancer survivor and has been an active fundraiser for Evergreen Hospital’s new cancer center and Kirkland Interfaith Transitions in Housing. She has organized support for community events, blood drives and highway clean-ups in Kirkland through the state’s “Adopt a Highway” program.

Santos and Sue Contreras join Walen as campaign co-chairs and Hazel Russell will serve as campaign treasurer.

--Information from the Amy Walen Campaign

A Bit Too Cozy February 12, 2013 at 05:13 PM
The four council members whose terms expire this year have all failed to preserve the character of this city and regularly vote for densities much much higher than citizen acceptance. Enormous, Ugly, Box-Like developments with ultra high density residential units is what we will continue to get if they are re-elected. We will likely continue to have issues like Mandatory acceptance of Section 8 Vouchers (landlords forced to accept Section 8 tenants) and likely these things will continue to be unpublicized and will sneak their way through. Everest-Central Houghton changes almost sneaked their way through too. It is doubtful that any of the 4 have ever asked staff about how the public has been noticed. They seem to feel it is easier to be council members if they allow themselves to be led by staff rather than showing leadership and making sure they are representative of the citizens.
A Bit Too Cozy February 12, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Parking in downtown will continue to get worse if these 4 are allowed to continue in office. They already lowered the parking ratio that developers downtown are required to meet. And this was done without broad (or any outreach). Such was the case recently when a campaign supporter wanted to build communal living that did not fit within Kirkland zoning code. Multiple pods of 13 units sharing a kitchen and reduced parking from 1.1 to .5 spaces per unit were supported by this group. Citizens pointed out that the required fee-in-lieu for this parking reduction should be maintained. This would have netted $1-2 Million towards parking downtown. Nope. Project fast tracked even though it was a zoning change requested by a citizen through a letter and not part of a city identified need. We need new blood and we need the 4 up for re-election to step out of the race or be challenged by someone willing to represent the citizens and not developers who want to exploit our city or turn it all into enormous, ultra-high density with reduced parking because it is more profitable for them - irrespective of how it destroys the character of our city.
Robert L. Style February 13, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Amy Walen needs a lot more accountability to the taxpaying citizens of Kirkland. Voters should be aware of what she really means when she says “Amy for all of us.” It's not going to happen. All doesn't include everyone. To provide city wide services to the annexation area requires sacrifices from the existing residents in service levels and costs. The Council said that their services would only be provided as the money became available. They are not doing it. The Council reneged. Instead, they increased spending. Ms. Walen has forced us to sacrificing even more Regarding the ballot measures that increased our taxes, there was already enough money in the budget to pay for all the essential services the voters wanted that the Council failed to provide. Rather than providing those services from existing funds, Ms. Walen supported raising our taxes. She says, “I will work with the parks department to make sure the money generously committed to us by citizens is spent wisely.” She didn’t do it before. Why should we believe her now?. So believe what you want. I believe her actions speak louder than her words.
A Marshall February 16, 2013 at 06:46 AM
Kirkland is a progressive community. Amy has the community in mind and the city is thriving. Cities will grow. The facts are when there is no growth and no commitment to making a difference, you will end up in a place that you would rather not call home. You have to look at the entire picture and have all the facts and that is what she has done.
James Banks March 18, 2013 at 02:24 AM
Vote out all of the incumbents. They're doing a lousy job.


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