Leadership Philosophy

On the Seattle City Council, I promise to be a constant force of positive energy and fairness in our city government, and to spread opportunity to as many people as possible. I will be honest, enthusiastic and sincere in everything I do, and I’ll always be curious and open to new ideas and ways of thinking. I will never stop asking questions and wanting to be as informed as possible, and I’ll work to facilitate vigorous discussion on the council and in the community.

Most of all, I’ve always believed that good leadership is about listening and learning, trusting in the ideas and abilities of those around you, and believing there’s always a solution. It means understanding that there’s no room for bullies or lazy thinking, and that no single voice or perspective should drown out all others. We have thousands of stakeholders in this city, and I will do all I can to make sure each of them is accounted for and respected.

On a personal level, I also promise to avoid clichés and political jargon whenever possible, and to never insult you with evasive answers or nonsense. I love words; they are joyous and powerful and central to my world, and I hope I never abuse them—or you—by using them to obscure the truth, or to cover up something I simply don’t know. 

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