Recently, the Enterprise published a questionnaire that they had sent to the Mountlake Terrace City Council candidates. For some reason, Jasmin Contreras’ (one of our sponsors) responses did not get published with the other candidates.
We got in touch with Jasmin and had her send us the responses that she had prepared for the Enterprise and here they area:
Why are you running?
I am running for Mountlake Terrace City Council because I believe that our community needs new and independent leadership. I believe our civic leaders must listen to the community before making any major decision and make certain to represent their voice within the government. I want to work with our community to build a better City and bring people together so that everyone’s voice is heard.
What are some of your qualities that make you the preferred candidate?
As a U.S. Army Veteran, I understand the importance of working in a team to accomplish a common goal. Eight years in the military taught me to be a compassionate leader. I have a passion for helping people and putting them first. In addition, my education, experience, and decisiveness make me the preferred candidate. My education in business management and my professional experience as a property manager at the Port of Seattle will help guide me to make decisions in the best interest of the citizens of Mountlake Terrace.
What are your top three priorities that would address if elected?
In these tough times, one of the top priorities is revitalizing our local economy. My other priorities include addressing our aging public facilities and community needs, preparing for future town-center development, and promoting small businesses in Mountlake Terrace, thus increasing tax revenue for the City.
With the rough economic climate, how will you help balance the city’s budget?
During good times and bad times, I will be determined to have a fiscally sound city. I will do everything to promote economic development in our city, attract new businesses by creating a friendly business environment, and reduce any government waste. I will be determined to keep Mountlake Terrace moving forward in terms of community and business growth even during uncertain economic times.