Top Voter Concerns: What do you believe are the top three issues on voters’ minds right now, and how would you propose addressing them?
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Voters’ top concern is public safety and the largest problems within public safety are homelessness, crime, and drugs. This reality is also demonstrated in the polling by the Downtown Seattle Association and EMC research.
To address homelessness, I am committed to implementing a comprehensive strategy that focuses on shelter, support services, and affordable housing. By collaborating with nonprofit organizations, community leaders, and government agencies, we can expand shelter capacity, invest in affordable housing solutions, and prioritize mental health and addiction treatment programs. My work with the Chinatown Community Watch was successful in reducing unsheltered homelessness in our community.
On crime, I will prioritize community policing efforts, increased police resources, and collaboration between law enforcement and community organizations. Progress can also be made by community alternatives like strengthening neighborhood watch programs, supporting crime prevention initiatives, and promoting effective rehabilitation programs.
I recognize the impact of drugs on our communities and will address this issue through prevention, treatment, and enforcement. I will support substance abuse prevention programs, expand access to treatment and recovery services, and work closely with healthcare providers. Collaboration with law enforcement will help disrupt drug trafficking networks and address the root causes of addiction. The city must conform with state law regarding public drug use and dictate a working plan to fight the fentanyl crisis.
Housing, Healthcare, Real Living Wage. We need to enact rent control and establish renters rights, we need to have City-Wide Single Payer Healthcare for all residents and we need to have a real living wage of $25/hr. Workers in Seattle should not have to continually organize to be able to live comfortabtly [sic] in the city in which they work.