I'm Mike O'Brien and I am honored to be your Seattle City Councilmember. I am running for re-election because I want to continue serving you. Together, we accomplished much in my first term, but we are only just getting started. In my first three years, I have brought a passionate, progressive and yet pragmatic approach to the issues we face.
I want to continue fighting for a city where all of our children have access to the same opportunities growing up that I had. I want to continue fighting for a city world renowned for its leadership combating climate change.
Seattle is made up of an incredible and growing diversity of people and communities. I envision a city that embraces this diversity, where all communities are safe, healthy and thriving. I see a Seattle that is a model of economic vitality, environmental sustainability, and civic engagement.
In my second term on City Council, my priorities will include:
Making Seattle affordable for all: Through smart housing policies, improved transportation options, and smart urban planning, we can make Seattle a city where people can afford to live in the communities in which they work.
Creating good local job opportunities: Seattle's economy is home to some of the largest, most successful and innovative companies in the world. We are home to thousands of small businesses, from coffee shops to Eritrean restaurants. Throughout our economy, I will be a champion good, living-wage jobs and opportunities for everyone in Seattle.
Leading the fight against climate change: Seattle residents are at the cutting edge when it comes to their knowledge of climate change and their desire to live healthy, sustainable lives. In my second term, City Council will continue to lead the way in adopting policies that make Seattle a model for environmental stewardship and sustainability.
Building a reliable transportation system: By prioritizing transit, expanding alternative modes of transportation and improving the capacity of our existing roads, we can build a transportation infrastructure that enables people and freight to move quickly, efficiently, and reliably through town.
Investing in education: With the newly doubled Families & Education Levy, Seattle demonstrated our commitment to a thriving public school system. I will work to ensure that money is focused on smart, equitable investments, so that every school in Seattle has the resources to meet the needs of our students, regardless of their zip code.
Promoting the health and safety of our people: Seattle faces numerous challenges in this area, not the least of which is a public crisis of confidence in those who are sworn to keep us safe. I will continue to support the Community Police Commission and police reforms needed to improve public safety and help rebuild public trust in our police department. I am also committed to improving the social, environmental and economic conditions in our communities that lead to problems with street crime and gun violence.
Minimizing the influence money in politics: I am committed to minimizing the role money plays in local elections and restoring our faith in a people-powered democracy. Check out this video from my 10x1,000 Challenge last year.