Editor's note: What follows is part of a series of candidate profiles Patch will be bringing you for the 2011 elections. Metro transit safety officer Sue Stewart is challenging incumbent council member David Carson for his seat in November.
Full name: Sue Anne Stewart
Employer and occupation: Transit safety officer for Metro transit (King County)
Place of birth: Vallejo, Calif.
Where do you live now, and how long have you lived there? Education Hill neighborhood in Redmond, 30 years
Spouse or domestic partner if any: Lansing (Lance) Stewart
Children: I have two sons: Jeffrey Stewart (23) and Keith Stewart (20)
Education: I graduated high school in 1970, attended two years at Riverside Community College and transferred to Cal State Northridge, where I completed my junior year.
Military Service: n/a
Memberships and affiliations with clubs and other organizations: Current: Local 17/PTE (member and past Policy Committee Member), Puget Sound Human Factors and Ergonomic Society (former Activities Coordinator), Ergonomic Roundtable, APTA Safety Committee (American Public Transportation Association); Past: PTSA (Safety Chair at Horace Mann Elementary), Redmond West Little League, Redmond High School Drama Boosters, Business Tax, Transportation Improvement Committee (7 years), Budget By Priorities (Results Team), Parks and Trails Commission (7 years with last 2 years as chair), Code Rewrite Commission (Co-Chair)
Have you or a business you owned (or had principal interest in) ever filed bankruptcy? No
As an adult, have you been convicted or charged with a crime other than a minor traffic violation? No
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone number: 206-396-8770
Campaign manager: Lori Snodgrass
Campaign manager contact information: 425-882-4357 (home)
PREVIOUS ELECTED OFFICE(S)
Other campaigns for public office: none
What is the primary reason you are running for this office? I have been very active in my community for well over 15 years—with my most recent service as co-chair of the Code Rewrite Commission. After these years of preparation, I believe it the right time to become involved in the policy making process so that I can contribute to working on the best solutions to insure that Redmond continues to be a great place to live, where we are safe—where our environment is clean and sustainable—and where our growth is properly paced.
What will be your top three priorities if you get elected and why?
- To refine and find new ways to engage the community so government gets the best from our citizens, and they feel connected and dialed in to the decision making at city hall.
- To better manage the growth plans of Redmond to insure that such growth doesn’t overwhelm our abilities to support transportation and infrastructure.
- To continue to improve mobility in Redmond. As we have grown, demands for transit and transit alternatives have grown. The economic stresses on King County to provide continued services to the Eastside and to Redmond are being threatened. We need to find new ways to fulfill the transportation needs of our community. Redmond and the Eastside cannot afford to lose the very services that enable us to provide efficient and sustainable transportation that connects our residents to jobs and recreation.
What sets you apart from the other candidates and/or previous office holders?
I bring over 30 years of transit knowledge and over 15 years of direct community involvement working on the issues of our residents and business leaders. I am an active listener and investigator who will drill down to the core elements and work collaboratively with others to build solutions that seek to bring about mutual benefit to community and business.
How much money do you expect your campaign to spend on this election? I expect to spend $10-12,000
Washington Women’s Political Caucus
King County Conservation Voters
Cascade Bicycle Club
45th District Democrats
Local 17- PTE: Joseph L. McGee, Executive Director
Rated “Very Good” by the Municipal League-2011.