I moved to the Seattle area in 2012 and have been living in Houghton the entire time. I'm now 17 and am majoring in Political Science and Economics at the University of Washington. Since I moved here, development on the Cross Kirkland Corridor began, and I grew up watching it, only a few blocks away. I understand its importance and value to the community as a public space, part, and multimodal transportation corridor. As the youth member, I will bring a more forward thinking view, 5, 10 years down the line, rather than being solely focused on how something impacts us today or next year.
My experiences as a daily commuter across the 520 Bridge to the University of Washington were what first drove my interest in transportation. I understand and experience first hand the changes to and importance of public transportation. Traffic and congestion are byproducts of cars, and we need a future without them. To that end, I am committed to advocating for sustainable transportation solutions and development, in addition to promoting accessibility and inclusion across our city.