Sara Franklin announces candidacy for Les Thomas’ council seat

On Monday, Mar. 25, Kent community leader Sara Franklin declared her candidacy for the Kent City Council.

Franklin plans to run for the seat currently held by Councilmember Les Thomas.

Here’s more from her announcement:

Sara has deep ties to the community through her involvement in community activities and regular community service. Currently, Sara works for the King County Assessor where she administers the senior citizen and disabled veterans’ property tax exemption program. Through this work, Sara works with many residents, including those from Kent, to keep them in their homes and exempted from rising property tax burdens.

“I have the honor and privilege to work with the senior citizens who built our community and the veterans who protected it. Every day I hear their stories and see the challenges they are facing. I know all too well that government budgets and decisions have a real impact on people living in our community. Seniors are picking between paying their property taxes and paying for their prescriptions. As a local government we have an obligation to live within our means so we can protect our most vulnerable neighbors,” Franklin said.

Sara currently serves on the Kent Cultural Communities board, the board of the Greater Kent Historical Society, volunteers with KentHope, participates in the City’s Diversity Task Force and volunteers on the Board of Directors for the Nonprofit Assistance Center.

As the former COPE Chair (political committee) for Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587, Sara is very familiar with how to run a winning campaign and looks forward to talking to voters this year.

“During a time when national and state politics are divided I think we have a lot in common in Kent. We all want safe neighborhoods, clean parks, smooth streets and access to good paying jobs. These aren’t partisan issues, they aren’t controversial – they are quality of life issues. If I am elected these will be the things I focus on; real issues where the residents can see real results and know I am working on their behalf,” Franklin added.

More information about Sara and the campaign can be found at www.SaraForKent.com.