Robertson brings experience, insight and vision for the future of Bellevue.
BELLEVUE faces challenges others envy: growth in jobs, population, diversity and a thriving downtown. Running for a third term, Councilmember Jennifer Robertson is the best choice for City Council Position No. 7 to help Bellevue manage growing pains.
Robertson, a married mother of three daughters, lives in the Somerset neighborhood and is a land-use attorney. She served on the city’s planning commission for six years before running for council in 2009 and was re-elected in 2011. As a council member, she has supported increasing affordable housing, updating Bellevue’s Diversity Initiative and developing a performing-arts center downtown. While at first skeptical of light rail, she has worked on planning and design for the future East Link line to best serve Bellevue.
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Strengths: With two terms under her belt, Robertson understands and embraces Bellevue’s challenges.
Room for improvement: She’s pushed for some affordable housing projects, but Bellevue needs to be far more aggressive.
Robertson is the best choice for City Council Position No. 7 to help Bellevue manage growing pains. ... Because of her experience and outlook for Bellevue, voters should re-elect Robertson. ..."
More than 40 percent of Bellevue’s residents belong to minority groups. At a time when the city is rapidly changing and growing, Robertson said she sees diversity as Bellevue’s strength.
In her next term, she plans to focus more on planning, especially in the downtown area and for better transit connections. Bellevue has done a great job attracting affluent residents, but must also address the needs of low-income people who need social services and subsidized housing units.
Challengers include Bill Hirt, a candidate who doesn’t want to be elected but is running only to call attention to his anti-light-rail campaign, and Lyndon Heywood, who is energetic and passionate about local politics, but, in an interview, didn’t present a precise vision for what he would accomplish.
Because of her experience and outlook for Bellevue, voters should re-elect Robertson.