Heidi Stuber- Candidate for Washington Seattle City Council District 4
Educational and professional background: I started my career as an Environmental Science teacher for Teach For America in inner-city Chicago. When I moved home to Washington and my teaching certificate didn't transfer, I found a role in a local education business. Within a few months, I was promoted to be in charge of the entire office at age 23. Taking on a management role at such a young age meant I quickly learned to lead as a collaborative problem solver, listening to my team, and empowering shared leadership. After leadership roles in nonprofits, higher education, and small business I realized I loved being an ethical businesswoman and decided to pursue my MBA. My recent career has focused on organizational change, which is taking a holistic, big-picture view, looking for the opportunities for improvement, and then working with individual stakeholders to enact a shared vision. It is this ability to strategically plan for a better future, combined with my experience as a real life advocate that makes me the best choice to bring about a better Seattle.s.
Top campaign issues:
1) An Action-Oriented response to the Homelessness crisis.
Seattle's unhoused population deserves every opportunity to access services and secure safe and dignified housing. Despite increasing funding, we see more of those in need without a roof over their head. It’s time for a new approach that ensures our financial commitment to reducing homelessness is being spent wisely. As a city, we have a responsibility to organize our resources and prioritize solutions that are getting people out of homelessness and on a path towards self-sufficiency. Once we have a thorough and organized approach in place and all those who want services are offered services, the city needs to re-establish expectations for clean and safe public spaces.
2) Ensuring Affordability for all of Seattle.
When it takes two six-figure salaries to afford a home in Seattle, we are in danger of becoming a city of the 1%. Families are being squeezed by high property taxes, small businesses struggle to pay their employees a living wage and still make ends meet, and too many people are being displaced out of neighborhoods that have long been their home. We need to take a broad look at what can be done about the growing cost of living in our great city. Developers, neighborhoods, and the city need to work together for balanced solutions that allow middle class families, teachers, college students, artists, and seniors to continue to be a part of our vibrant community.
3) Protecting our Environment for the next Generation.
Climate change is the primary threat to the future of our children and grandchildren. In Seattle, 2/3 of carbon emissions are due to single-occupancy vehicles which means traffic in our city is both affecting our current quality of life and harming our future. Our path to carbon neutrality requires increased access to mass transit, carpooling, and work from home solutions. We have an opportunity while our light rail is still expanding to get more people on public transit by expanding bus lines, increasing service hours, and providing free to low cost Orca cards for middle class families and individuals. Together, we can all be a part of the solution for a sustainable Seattle.
4) Supporting Students and Schools.
Seattle taxpayers consistently show their commitment to the students of Seattle by supporting school levies. City Council should come alongside the people of Seattle by insisting that the state legislature fully fund education. Seattle can be proud of our investment in early childhood learning and a college education. Next, we should look to expand after-school and summer programming, wrap around services, and investigate how to close achievement gaps. City leadership can look for innovative ways to partner with school communities to support access to a quality education, inclusion, and achievement for all students.
Fun Fact: My friends and family call me a badass because of my history advocating for special needs students & GSD!