The general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5, and as part of The SeaTac Blog’s political coverage we have extended invitations to all candidates running for City Council to share their thoughts.
We asked all candidates running in the election to provide us – in their own words – a profile.
Today we’re featuring incumbent Rick Forschler and Kathryn Campbell, who are running for Council Position No. 2:
During 30 years at Boeing I participated in “Continuous Quality Improvement,” which helped restore market share of commercial aircraft to Boeing. It was after this success that Alan Mulally left Boeing and implemented the same practices at Ford, improving quality and efficiency so well that Ford was the only major American auto maker to avoid a government-funded bailout.
In my first four years on the City Council I’ve brought this experience to SeaTac, and we’re now working to implement similar Quality Improvement processes within our city. In other municipalities this has resulted in significant efficiency improvements (sometimes as great as 50 percent reduction in budget, without reducing valuable services). After re-election, I will continue working to ensure we realize these cost improvements for many years to come. On the City Council, I am a citizen advocate for the people of SeaTac – you can always call me at (206) 419-5170 or email me at email@example.com to discuss any problem or concern or suggestion.
Currently, union bosses and government elites are threatening SeaTac with a job-killing initiative – an initiative that would be especially harmful to the working poor, young people, immigrants, and minorities. This job-killing initiative would lead to higher unemployment, more poverty, and greater suffering for SeaTac’s most vulnerable.
SeaTac has been targeted by special interests because we have a small number of voters, but a huge commercial base of airport and airport-related businesses. The special interests, union bosses, and government elites are using our city as a test case to push their agenda.
I oppose the job-killing initiative, not only because it will harm our city’s most vulnerable residents, but also because it will have a severe negative impact on our city and our tax base, which provides the revenue for city services. When our tax revenue decreases in the commercial sector, the people of SeaTac will suffer greatly with reduced services and higher taxes.
Since I was elected to the council in 2009, I’ve worked to promote economic growth, job creation, and crime prevention. With eight children and 17 grandchildren, I know that better schools depend on economic growth. For our children and grandchildren, I’m working to defeat this job-killing initiative. I am confident that the people of SeaTac will see through the false promises, divisive rhetoric, and manipulative tactics of the special interests.
SeaTac needs a city ombudsman to advocate for citizens
In my re-election campaign, I am promoting improved transparency and restored public involvement. I advocate the creation of a SeaTac ombudsman, who will represent the public by investigating and helping to resolve complaints against the city.
The ombudsman will be intimately familiar with the inner workings of the city, but will operate outside of the official hierarchy. Therefore, the ombudsman will not be controlled by special interests or powers from above, allowing for unbiased investigation of complaints.
The ombudsman will investigate and help resolve problems with code enforcement, building permits, and any other administrative actions that seem unfair or arbitrary. This could potentially include complaints by employees of the city against the city itself, although that would be a non-traditional role of a municipal ombudsman.
An ombudsman would help safeguard the rights of the people and would promote higher levels of competency, efficiency, and justice within the city.
I am pro-union, having been a union member myself for most of my working career. I was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and also the Seattle Professional Engineering Employees Association (SPEEA). The most difficult time I had during my entire working career was when I was not represented by a union. I recognize when and where it makes sense for a union to exist.
I also recognize a harmful, job-killing initiative when I see one!
Restore citizen control of SeaTac
For several years, SeaTac has been dominated by special interests that seek to control the city government bureaucracy for their own purposes. After they gained control, they violated our rights as citizens – sharply reducing our ability to speak and to participate in our own city government.
Washington state law says, “The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies that serve them.” Together we can restore citizen control in SeaTac. I will continue to work for the citizens and to stand against these special interests.
My beginnings here actually pre-date SeaTac’s. I was born at King County Hospital, and grew up on 152nd and Military Road. Both my parents retired from Boeing. I was raised in Riverton Heights, attended Highline schools and I know and love my community, as it was and as it is, and especially as it can be. SeaTac has changed in some ways, but there is wonderful potential here and plenty of room for growth.
I am running for SeaTac City Council because I want to pay forward what this community has done for me; it is my home. No matter where I have lived, this place has always been a part of me. After living in other parts of the U.S., I returned to my home town after deciding to retire.
Issues I am interested in working on include: seeing that the city budget prioritizes public safety, neighborhood development and clean parks. Transportation for better access to jobs is important and I also want to make SeaTac pedestrian friendly and safe. I want to work with local businesses to increase their opportunities and attract more good jobs.
I believe in building consensus among business, labor, citizens’ groups and everyone who cares about our kids, our seniors and our homes. I am honored by broad support in the area: I am endorsed by the Washington Conservation Voters, the M.L. King, Jr. County Labor Council, and current members of the SeaTac City Council; Tony Anderson, Mia Gregerson, Dave Bush and Barry Ladenburg. I also have received endorsements from our Firefighters and the Aerospace Machinists District Lodge 751.
Leadership and giving back to my hometown is my driving force. As a certified Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member in SeaTac, I am ready to assist in times of weather or disaster emergency. I live in the Bow Lake Residential Community near the airport. I am a member of the park’s garden club and I volunteer at Refugee Women’s Alliance in SeaTac, and work at the Highline Botanical Garden here.
Volunteerism is in my blood, from my Girl Scout Troop 19 days, trick or treating for pennies for UNICEF, helping at nursing homes in pink and white gingham aprons and rain or shine, selling cookies door to door. Graduation from Glacier High School led to attending Washington State University in Pullman, where I planned to study nursing. As such things often go, my degree was put on hold and I moved away before completing a degree, I did earn it however: a Bachelor of Science in Human Services, at Shorter University in Georgia.
I worked at AT&T for over 20 years in various departments, including landlines, and mobility. My duties included work in administration, fraud investigation and technical support. Other positions included medical secretary, and volunteer coordinator for a non-profit fighting ovarian cancer. I have always been fortunate to work in fields that helped others.
I served as a volunteer at the 1996 Olympics, meeting people from all over the globe. I loved it! I learned how to say a word or two in over a dozen languages. I learned to speak Spanish right here in SeaTac, and still use it. Toastmasters International became an abiding interest while I lived in Alaska. I served as founding president in two clubs, as an Area Governor and won speech contests and speech evaluation competitions.
I bring this passion for service to my race in SeaTac. We all deserve a local government which encourages participation in SeaTac’s many activities and committees. I will work for all of SeaTac, not just some of it. This is our city. We can make it better, stronger, more welcoming. This is why I am running for City Council.