Toni Troutner, Kent City Council Candidate, Position 4

Kent Debates: Toni Troutner is running for Kent City Council, Position 4.Toni Troutner
22825 96th Pl. S.
Kent, WA 98031
253-951-7765
electtoni@gmail.com
ElectToni.com

Education:  Bachelor of Arts, Western Washington University

Occupation: Small Business Owner, Consultant as a Market Research Analyst

Candidate Statement:

As your councilwoman, I will bring new ideas and a fresh approach to the council.  My connections with Kent city government, local PTAs and faith communities, have given me experience in building partnerships and working with diverse groups in our community.  We have a responsibility to the 126,000 residents, hundreds of city staff members, and the tax payers of Kent, to ensure each voice is brought to the table and we deliver high quality City services.

I have a proven record of positively contributing to the Kent community.  My husband Brett and I have raised our family in Kent.  Kyler attends Central Washington University, and Connor will attend the University of Washington in the fall.  Both attended Kent schools.  I made a commitment to play an active role in their education.  As a volunteer, I wanted to make the education experience the best it could be for both teachers and students, so I joined the PTA.  I have not only been a member of the PTA but have served as president, chaired PTA committees, and was a representative for the Kent Area Council.  As a two-time Golden Acorn recipient, and a Kent Area Council Outstanding Service award winner, my involvement has gone beyond the norm.

My community outreach is extended through my church family.  I served as the youth and family chairperson and participated in mission trips.  In 2014, my family and I traveled to Tanzania, Africa.  During the 3-week trip, we spent time working with school children, took supplies to an orphanage, and gave our time at a local hospital. I have also volunteered extensively at the men’s homeless shelter and co-chair the Severe Weather Shelter for the City of Kent.

I participate as a committee member on the Kent Drug Free Coalition.  It is important to increase awareness in the community and promote a healthy drug free lifestyle among adolescence.  This connection has allowed me to work with the families and local businesses in Kent providing useful tools and resources.

My volunteer service in the community, as a Kent Downtown Partnership Board member, and commissioner on the Civil Service Commission, has taught me about balancing budgets and working together with colleagues to reach a common goal, to continue making Kent a great place to live.  I am endorsed by police officers, council members, local unions, and community members.  And I am honored to be the only candidate in my race endorsed by the Kent Fire Fighters.

I am currently a Market Research Analyst with a small business in Kent. I have a unique blend of unparalleled private sector and community service experiences.  Working to resolve issues for customers has been rewarding.  Through my work experience, I have developed problems solving skills and delivered results.

Together we can make Kent an even better place to live and raise a family.  We can make it a destination city for businesses looking for a welcoming community.   My name is Toni Troutner and I would appreciate your vote for Kent City Council.

How long have you lived in Kent?

My husband Brett and I have lived in Kent for over 17 years.

What do you love most about Kent?

I love Kent, because it has so much to offer.  Kent has great trails and parks, restaurants, concerts, and the Thunderbirds just to name a few.

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

Sustainable funding for our parks program, balancing the budget when Kent loses the annexation money from Panther Lake, public safety, improving and maintaining the infrastructure of our city, dealing with traffic in our growing city

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

I enjoy running and staying active.  I run at least one half marathon a year. Sometimes I run for fun, and other times I run to support a cause.  It is a great form of exercise for me, and I will continue to do it as long as my knees will allow.