Paul Addis, Kent City Council Candidate, Position 2

Paul and Cathy Addis
Paul and Cathy Addis

Paul Addis
420 W. Smith St., #533
Kent, WA 98032
[email protected]

Education: BBA – Management, GA State University

Occupation: Sr. Business Analyst, Finance – Alaska Airlines

Candidate Statement: 

I would love to represent my neighbors on the City Council and ensure Kent remains a safe, prosperous and welcoming community.

My wife, Cathy, and I love living in Kent. We are very active in many of the local community service organizations. I’d like to bring that same commitment to community service to the City Council. In fact, if elected, I am committed to donating 100% of my net salary to Kent Hope. An amazing group of folks helping the most vulnerable in our community, and one of the local organizations my wife and I support.

I am an Army veteran, with a BBA in Management from Georgia State University. I have worked for 28 years in Finance at Delta and Alaska Airlines.

Proper financial management and sound financial decisions are imperative for the future stability and sustainability of our great city. My 28 years in Finance in the airline industry has given me the skills and experience necessary to provide good stewardship of the tax revenues from your hard earned money.

I am proposing a Public Bank for Kent, which can be used to keep Kent tax revenues in Kent to expand Kent public works and public services, without raising taxes.

This type of forward thinking is necessary if we are to take control of our money, and we must take control of our money.

I would also like to make Public Safety a priority. Giving law enforcement the necessary resources is a benefit of the sound financial decisions I’ve mentioned. No benefit our city can provide to its residents can be fully enjoyed unless they feel safe while doing so. After all, the only legitimate end of politics is people.

I believe government works best when it can facilitate instead of regulate and I want to ensure we manage our growth with smart policies that allow the best ideas to flourish, while making sure we protect the things that make Kent such a great place to live, work and raise a family. I look forward to working with the rest of the Council Members to do just that.

I believe that what you measure is what you improve. I am data driven and results oriented. I would like to leverage technology to measure our performance and implement more efficient processes and controls.

Transparency and accountability will be cornerstones of my term on the Council. Even though not required to by the Public Disclosure Commission, I have listed every campaign donation and expenditure on my website. That is transparency in action, not just in words.

Having endorsements from the Vice Chair of the Republican Party of King County, the Chair of the Progressive Party of Washington and Chair of the Libertarian Party of Washington illustrates the broad array of support for my campaign.

I am also not accepting campaign donations from corporations, PACs, lobbyists, unions or any other special interest groups. You can be assured that my loyalties belong to the people of Kent and no other interests.

How long have you lived in Kent?

Three years

What do you love most about Kent?

I love the fact that Kent offers big city convenience and amenities with a small town community feeling.

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

Financial stability, public safety, infrastructure, traffic and growth management.

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

I have been involved in local community service for 43 years, as well as running a non-profit doing humanitarian work in East Africa.