Veteran Dave Asher is the far superior candidate to represent Kirkland City Council’s Position No. 6.
DAVE Asher’s thoughtful approach to public policymaking is one of the reasons voters keep electing him to the Kirkland City Council.
In office since 2000, the retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and chief financial officer for the University of Washington’s Professional and Continuing Education program continues to demonstrate a keen understanding of this Eastside community’s concerns.
Voters should re-elect Asher to Position No. 6 so that he can continue working toward his three major priority issues: improving emergency and fire response, expanding Kirkland’s transit options, and reforming development standards that have allowed small lots to be taken over by gargantuan developments.
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Kirkland City Council Position No. 6
Strengths: Asher has a keen understanding of Kirkland's issues and solid ideas for managing growth and development.
Dave Asher’s thoughtful approach to public policymaking is one of the reasons voters keep electing him to the Kirkland City Council."
When it comes to building for growth and an economically diverse community, Asher recommends requiring developers to include a certain amount of affordable housing in new developments — or public agencies could finance the purchase of land.
He urges more awareness of and funding for A Regional Coalition for Housing, known as ARCH. A former member of the coalition’s citizen’s advisory board, he says ARCH is woefully underfunded and thus unable to fulfill its mission of meeting East King County’s demand for more low- to moderate-income housing.
His opponent Martin Morgan accuses the city of Kirkland of hiding public records and harassing his family. A perennial candidate, he is notorious for refusing to pay a $20,000 fine lodged against him by the city for code violations at his family’s properties.
Kirkland needs a public servant who’s more willing to follow the law and work with city government, not against it.