Re-elect Steve Fields for Redmond City Council

People First. Our City. Our Voice. Our Future.

Message from Steve

When we think of elected leaders, we don’t speak enough about the value of humility. The best elected leaders understand that they are not the smartest person in every room. And they don’t need to be. Encouraging people to speak up, respect differences of opinion and champion the best ideas, whether they originate from an elected leader, or community member, is essential. Perhaps the most poignant moment for me on city council was listening to a group of Redmond High School students presenting to City Council on the threat of plastics and nano-plastics to our environment and our human existence. Democracy at the local level can and must be always inclusive, open, respectful, truthful, and with humility. There is nothing about humility that makes it incompatible with strength and courage.

I humbly ask for your support of my re-election and your vote. We have made progress in Redmond and there is much more work to be done.

Priorities

People First

People in Redmond want the city to manage growth and use their tax money more responsibly. They want to know what is happening in the city and want to be listened to when they believe something is not right or they have ideas. 

We have made some progress during the past four years. Through my active leadership on key issues and collaboration with council and city staff we now use a community-driven strategic approach to developing solutions to our environmental, fiscal accountability, and social equity needs. But there is much yet to do. Success is getting results that can be seen and felt by people. 

The primary principle of democracy is representation. Working in partnership with residents is not an elected representative’s choice; it’s a job requirement. I will continue to listen to the ideas of, and work closely with, individual residents and neighborhoods and community organizations. 

Protect Our Environment and Prepare for Climate Change

In 2020, Redmond City Council declared a Climate Emergency and authorized and urged the Mayor to take action to become a vocal member in our global community. Redmond, like other cities, is at the heart of the chance to both mitigate climate change and prepare for the impacts that are coming. We have the best opportunity to change human behavior by building communities that have more energy efficient buildings, homes, and transportation systems. We also have to prepare for potential threats such as wildfires, high intensity storms, and threats to our water quality. We owe our children an environment that keeps them healthy. We can and must be careful with our future. Redmond is city where the success of the local economy and the health of the environment are essentially linked by the nature of their common need. The natural beauty and health of Redmond’s environment is a primary attraction for employers and employees. People want to live here and enjoy the quality of their life as defined by the beauty of a healthy eco-system including trees, clean air and water, parks and trails. They take civic pride in the fact that Redmond historically has been good stewards over healthy wetlands, an abundant tree canopy, and protected water ways that support a vibrant fish and wildlife habitat.

Fiscal Responsibility

My work on city council for the past four years has often been centered on improving our fiscal accountability and ensuring the best value of city services for your tax dollar. For far too many years the city had balanced the budget by deferring funding for routine and basic needs. Although we are improving, the city remains hundreds of millions of dollars behind in important infrastructure. The budget we passed last year included council direction to overhaul our process to improve spending on capital projects. At my urging and development of comprehensive guidelines, the city council unanimously included a budget provision directing the Mayor to update and improve our approach to budgeting, implementing and measuring success of our millions of dollars of capital and infrastructure spending. This was a common sense step in the right direction. I am committed to continuing to ensure your tax dollar is used wisely and always give a clear view of Redmond’s overall financial picture.

Plan and manage growth much more carefully

During my time on council and during a number of campaigns I have strongly advocated for updated design standards to help manage quality in our growth. As evidenced by the results of our very recent remake of our downtown urban center we have much to improve. We need to learn from past mistakes and build more livability with an approach of “cities are for people” as we develop Marymoor Village and Overlake. The existing city planning process is still fragmented and out of date. 

This is your city, and this is where your involvement and decision making on the environmental and social impacts can contribute directly to improved quality of life. Developers are essential community partners whose role is to build according to the standards, style and community fit that we determine. The clearer we are in those requirements the better it is for the city and developers to expedite permitting and minimize delays and disruption to traffic and daily life near construction zones. Our buildings, streets and public gathering places should enhance our everyday lives and the beauty of our built and natural environment. With the recent approval of the Overlake and Marymoor Village projects we have the opportunity to build practical, appealing and functional urban center this time around. 

Support for Local Business

The COVID19 pandemic highlighted the vulnerability of our small business community. Despite consistent efforts by some of us on council and the infusion of recent federal money, our community has lost a large number of local businesses. 

Healthy local businesses are important to Redmond’s economy, they are even more important in breathing life and soul into a community’s culture while providing for many of our daily needs and wants. One measure of a quality city is the variety of locally-owned businesses that offer greater freedom of choice with a personal touch for all sorts of goods and services. I will passionately continue to work to create a business climate that encourages local businesses and entrepreneurs to follow their innovation and invest in their ideas. I am a small business owner and am proud of the contribution we make to our city. 

Accountable 

Dependable

Sincere

Honest

Approachable

Open

Contact Steve

Have great ideas about how to make our community better? Reach out any time via Facebook, use the email form, or give Steve a call.

Telephone: +1 425 444 3188

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