Kirkland voters should re-elect Shelley Kloba to the City Council’s position 2.

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INCUMBENT Shelley Kloba is the best choice for Position No. 2 on Kirkland’s City Council. She comes with two years of experience working on important issues, such as increasing affordable housing, addressing traffic congestion and pushing for the proposed Aquatic Recreation Community Center.

Kloba has the potential to continue growing as a civic leader. Before serving on the City Council, she volunteered in leadership and advocacy roles for the Lake Washington Schools Foundation, the park board, various levy committees and the Washington State PTA board of directors. The married mom of one daughter works at The Donaldson Clinic.

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Shelley Kloba

Shelley Kloba

Kirkland City Council Position No. 2

Strengths: Two years of experience working on important issues, can make unpopular decisions

Concerns about housing affordability in Kirkland will only intensify without a real commitment from city leaders. Kloba is aware of the problem and shows keen interest in developing effective solutions ..."

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With employers, including Google, bringing hundreds of new jobs to Kirkland, the city of 85,000 is poised to continue adding residents after annexing more than 30,000 residents in 2011. Concerns about housing affordability will only intensify without a real commitment from city leaders. Kloba is aware of the problem and shows keen interest in developing effective solutions, such as working with ARCH, an Eastside nonprofit housing developer, to build more subsidized units near transit service.

She has been criticized for endorsing a plastic bag ban that some residents strongly opposed. The decision shows that she can make unpopular decisions and move Kirkland forward.