As a long time Sonics fan and candidate for Seattle City Council, I thought I would share a little about our campaign to help voters make a more informed decision for the Primary Election.
To start with, I am in support of the proposed arena in SODO that was approved by the Mayor and City Council, including the funding mechanism of a $200M investment from the City and County. The personal guarantee from Chris Hansen that protects the City from shortfalls in the revenues needed to pay debt service, in addition to other provisions in the MOU, protect the interests of the City. If elected, I will work with the City Council, Mayor, County, investment group, and constituent groups to finalize and implement a solution that will help our city continue to thrive. We need to be aligned to support negotiations with the NBA to win a franchise for Seattle. There is broad support for this plan, and I will help to pull people together to bring the Sonics back to Seattle. As you know, my opponent was against the arena plan.
I’m running because our council must do more to ensure that citizens and businesses thrive in Seattle. We need to do more to help our public schools. We need to reform our police department and connect our neighborhoods with user friendly transit. We need to do all these things while staying true to our progressive values as a city.
I was born and raised in the Seattle area, growing up in a middle class family and attending public schools. I went on to earn an MBA and Masters in Engineering from the University of Washington, and for almost a decade, I’ve worked at Amazon.com. In the past few years, I’ve been a senior leader in the Kindle organization. Throughout my life, I’ve been involved in our community: teaching after school programs in our public schools, conducting workshops for prisoner rehabilitation in King County Jail, and organizing voter registration events throughout the city. I am excited to bring my combination of business and service leadership experience to the Seattle City Council.
We also need to stay true to what has made Seattle economically strong and a destination for entrepreneurs, innovators, and community minded citizens: our progressive values. This is the key to keeping and attracting a talented and diverse workforce. It is also the right thing to do. Recently, my opponent was the sole vote against common sense sick leave legislation. Luckily, the rest of the council overruled Council President Richard Conlin and Seattle is still a place where workers can work with dignity.
You can learn more about our campaign at http://electbriancarver.com/, including details on my plans to improve education and transportation in Seattle. I would be honored to have your vote, and your support as a volunteer or donor!