Sharry on the Issues

Sharry is running for Federal Way City Council, Pos.3, to more effectively serve residents, craft forward-thinking initiatives, and help shepherd the place she loves toward a safe and successful future.

Sharry is focused on the issues important to you. On the City Council, Sharry’s priorities will be:

Public Safety 

Leveraging Federal Way’s advantages requires that we first fight back against those who use our city as a base for their criminal activities. As your City Councilwoman, I will take the lead on ensuring Federal Way does everything we can to reduce crime in our neighborhoods and bring our public safety solutions in line with our increasing population. It is irresponsible to put off fully staffing our police, fully funding our first responders, and moving forward on implementing or expanding crime-prevention measures like security cameras, and encouraging our community to take part in the Sandy Hook Promise program.

Data tells us that in the case of every school shooting (since Columbine), "Someone knew something".  I believe in doing everything in my power to support the prevention of gun violence in our communities and schools.  The See Something/Say Something is an anonymous reporting app for cells phones that is FREE to communities and has saved lives all over the nation in places that have brought the Sandy Hook Promise team in. 

I believe our residents deserve to feel secure in our community and confident that our children are safe when they play outside, walk to school, and in the classroom.  I joined our students and educators last year in the March for our Lives joining high school students both here in Federal Way and in Seattle.  Federal Way deserves civic leaders that know public safety is our No. 1 priority, that are willing to advocate for our safety.

Community Stewardship 

Truly sustainable security and prosperity can only be achieved if each of us realizes we’re more than just residents in this young city: We’re the stewards of our community and the architects of our children’s futures. As a proud Federal Way resident and a devoted mom, I am deeply invested in protecting our environment – I believe new development must be thoughtfully managed to preserve our community-enhancing parks, our beautiful greenspaces, and our crucial water resources.

I also believe our safety and success are tied to finding solutions to the challenges of the neediest among us: After many years spent as a nurse and a volunteer with our homeless, I was honored to Chair the Mayor's Task Force on Homelessness last year with over 25 respected community members.  Our report came out with strong recommendations on ways to deal with this crisis with compassion and accountability.   I’m convinced that we can do a better job of looking out for one another and have continued my work following the Task Force helping individuals connect to the resources they are so greatly in need of. 

I am a strong supporter of Technical Training programs having attended one (Bates Technical College School of Nursing), and currently working as a clinical nursing instructor with high school students at the Puget Sound Skills Center.  Not everyone has the time or resources for four-year college degrees, and I believe Technical Training programs are great options for our youth to explore, and anyone that wants to get a degree in a specialized field of work.

Economic Development 

I believe Federal Way today has an economic momentum and a geographic uniqueness that we can harness. Our Town Center can be a real draw for shoppers and new businesses, so it’s imperative we reduce traffic congestion both in our Downtown and around our city. As your City Councilwoman, I will lead a coordinated effort to get Federal Way additional I-5 access points, moving cars off our roads and making our Town Center more accessible. Elsewhere, I want Federal Way to leverage our available retail space, business-friendly tax policies, and endless opportunities to encourage new and existing businesses to open their doors here. One of the things I plan on doing is working with the City to address what people are describing as long permitting processes that are "complicated" and have the potential to discourage a business owner to locate their businesses here. 

We’re poised to prosper and welcome new employers, now let’s go ‘sell’ Federal Way and make it an even better place to live, learn, and labor.  As a Labor Leader for over 20 years with SEIU1199, I will be advocating for apprenticeship programs with any city contracted work as well as working with our Economic Development department, Chamber of Commerce, and our State Representatives to find ways to seek and retain businesses that offer livable wage jobs.