Satwinder Kaur, Kent City Council Candidate, Pos. 2

Satwinder KaurSatwinder Kaur
P. O. Box 5759
Kent, WA 98064

Education: Masters of Business Administration in Technology Management, University of Washington; Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, Supply Chain Management and Accounting, CWU; and Kentridge High School

Certifications in Six Sigma and Lean Management, University of Washington
ScrumMaster Certification Scrum Alliance

Occupation: Director of Information Technology/Operations Management

Candidate Statement:

You may have seen me pulling blackberries, planting, and cleaning up our parks; volunteering at NW Harvest, KentHOPE, Sunrise PTA, Kent food bank; or planning/attending many events around our city. This is because I am passionate about Kent.

Kent is my home. I grew up here and graduated from Kentridge High School. I had my first job at 16 on East Hill. We bought our first home on East Hill and now I’m raising my son here, who attends Kent School District. Being local is one of my greatest strengths that I bring to the council. It allows me to connect with our residents and understand their concerns because their concerns are also my concerns.

I’m a strong believer of community service and that is why I was asked by so many of our residents to run for council. I want Kent to continue to be a great place to raise a family with safe streets, beautiful parks, thriving businesses, and vibrant community. My service includes: Chair, Kent Cultural Communities Board; Organizer, Kent International Festival; Board of Directors, Living Well Kent; Board of Trustees, Greater Kent Historical Society; and Rotarian. I believe this work is too important to politicize, therefore, I won’t pledge donating my salary rather I will continue to support many wonderful organizations with my time and money regardless of the outcome of this race.

Kent needs a leader who has diverse experience, understands local government and engaged in the community. I have experience managing small business as my family ran a successful restaurant. I started my corporate job loading/unloading trailers and promoted to senior manager of a fortune 100 company managing 200+ employees with a multi-million dollar budget. I worked 2 jobs to pay for college and worked as a Kent City Council assistant from 2012-2014. I have an MBA in Technology Management from UW. I will bring this commitment and experience to the council so we make good financial decisions that work for Kent and ensure every tax dollar is accountable to you.

As a councilmember, I will prioritize Public Safety, Infrastructure Improvements, Economic Development, Fiscal Accountability, and Parks. We need to start preparing for revenue loss from the Panther Lake annexation and SST by eliminating waste and finding new innovative streams of revenue without burdening our businesses or residents. Responsible economic development is one way to provide this revenue.

Ultimately listening to your voice and being accountable will be my top priority. Campaign donations and expenditures for all candidates are available to voters on the public disclosure website. I am humbled to receive donations by organizations like our Kent Firefighters, local businesses, and majority from our residents. I want to be your voice as the next Kent City Councilmember and I would be so humbled and honored if I am elected.

Endorsed by: Kent Firefighters, Mayor Suzette Cooke, State Sen. Joe Fain, State Reps Mia Gregerson and Tina Orwall, King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove, Councilmembers Dennis Higgins, Brenda Fincher, Bill Boyce, Tina Budell and more.

How long have you lived in Kent?

I grew up in Kent, moved away for a year after high school, came back and have been here ever since.

What do you love most about Kent?

Kent is home and I love so many things about it. Most of all, I love the community, the people, and the parks.

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

Public Safety, Financial Stability, Economic Development, Infrastructure, and Parks. All of these issues are very important and interrelated. Prioritizing economic development and financial stability will ensure we have adequate funding to keep our neighborhoods safe; improve infrastructure and reduce traffic; and maintain our parks. Having a great infrastructure, parks, and human services will attract businesses.

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

I am an artist and love painting, drawing and making jewelry. I have also run several half marathons and hope to run a full marathon one day.