Brenda Fincher, Kent City Council Candidate, Pos. 6

Brenda FincerBrenda Fincher
310 3rd Ave. S.
Kent, WA 98032

Education: Association of Arts Degree, Riverside Community College

Occupation: Parish Administrator, Holy Spirit Parish and Kent City Councilmember

Candidate Statement:

Everyone in Kent deserves as much opportunity as my family had to succeed. We lived in a safe, affordable neighborhood, my kids received a great education and we enjoyed many recreation and entertainment opportunities. Kent is much different today than it was 25 years ago but everyone here still wants the same thing – to be a place where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

I stand up for what’s right and stand behind what I say – on housing affordability, homelessness, putting our parks and public facilities on a path of financial stability, and making sure every resident in our diverse community feels safe, welcome, and well served.

I bring city hall to you, meeting you in your neighborhoods and community meetings. You’ve seen me do this consistently – and not just during election season.

I was Kent Youth and Family Services’ Board president, president of local school PTAs, and a member of the Kent Ministerial Association and King Conservation District. I organized and manage a Kent women’s homeless shelter, among other things. I’ve been honored to receive several awards for my work in the community, including a Spirit of Caring Award and two PTA Golden Acorn Awards.

Maintaining your trust means that we have to do all we can with what we have, before asking you for any more. That’s why I opposed raising your property taxes. Instead, we found needed funding for parks and maintained our rainy-day fund by using our money more efficiently. I also successfully stood against the effort to raid our road repair fund so we deliver the street and traffic improvements we promised.

Kent’s rapid growth must work for us – without leaving anyone behind. Our housing stock has to keep pace with our population growth to prevent the skyrocketing rents seen in cities like Seattle. We’ll continue growing Kent’s manufacturing and tech industries, so every graduate of a Kent high school, college and trade program has a living-wage career waiting for them in our city.

We must welcome, serve and represent all of our diverse residents. I led the effort to fund and implement Fair and Impartial Policing training for every police officer in Kent, as well equity training for every City employee, so we can effectively engage and serve you. I worked collaboratively with police and city staff, and I’m proud our Police Chief and Officers are genuinely dedicated to building relationships within our communities.

I also worked with Kent PD and lead the creation of Kent’s E-Commerce Exchange Zone, allowing you to use the police department lobby to conduct safer Craigslist and person-to-person transactions.

You’ve seen that I represent EVERYONE in Kent and won’t let rigid ideology stand in the way of progress. I unite people and get results, which is why I’ve earned the support of leaders in both parties, our mayor, fellow councilmembers and candidates, business owners, activists, police officers, firefighters and our sheriff.

It would be an honor to receive your vote in November.

How long have lived in Kent?

29 years

What do you love most about Kent?

I love that we’re a community made up of people who are diverse in every way, and we strive to make everyone here feel safe and welcome.

What do you see as the top 5 issues facing the City of Kent in the next 4 years? 

  • Keeping our residents and neighborhoods safe
  • Keeping Kent an affordable place to live
  • Creating good jobs in Kent for Kent residents
  • Responsibly managing the upcoming “fiscal cliff”and budget
  • Creating long-term sustainable funding for parks

What is one thing you want voters to know about you that they might not know? 

That I’m the only council member who is a renter (just like almost half of the residents in our city) and the only councilmember who lives on West Hill.