Why I am running for City Council

On June 24th, I officially announced that I am running for office. I reflected a lot on this decision and realized it was critical for me to contribute to making our city a better place to live. I don’t think of myself as a politician, but rather a citizen that wants to see change.

Redmond is growing fast and we need to work together as a community to better decide on what we want to see from our city in the future. We all live here because we love our city. We have one of the most educated and diverse cities in the region and a history we need to build on to make it better. 

I have been fortunate enough to build a career running some of the most complex projects in the tech industry and I want to use my skills to help build a better Redmond. Working with partners in the city and with others in the region, we can improve our quality of life and continue to build a place we are proud to call home.  

In the last few weeks, many residents have shared with me their frustration in how we are managing our growth and not seeing things improve. As a city, we need to surface these issues and find the best solutions for them. From traffic concerns, safe pedestrian access, and improved bike routes to more parks to support the growing population. These are just some of the issues we need to address and we need to build plans and work with our neighboring cities to ensure these plans work together to provide us with a more livable city.  

Another critical problem that I want to help address is the issue around lower income residents.We need to ensure that we provide a livable wage, better housing options and address what will become a more serious homeless problem in our region. Seattle’s housing problems will become Redmonds housing problem if we don’t help Seatltle solve their issues. Seattle drug use problem will become Redmond’s drug problem if we do not help them solve it.  

I plan to work closely with residents to better understand our issues as well as help build a community that represents all of it’s diverse communities. We will become a better community when we care for each other. Last week, I witnessed a car stall at an intersection in downtown and pulled over to help, but before I got to the car, there were already 4 people there helping.  This showed me that we are willing to do what it takes to help others and made me more proud to live here.

This week, primary ballots were mailed out, I want to encourage everyone to vote for who they believe is the best candidate for the job. I want to be the candidate that earns your support. Feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions or concerns you have about issues you want to see addressed. With your support, I hope to make it to the general election and continue to work to earn your vote in November. Together we will build a better community and country.  

Thank you for your support,

Osama

2 thoughts on “Why I am running for City Council

  1. Thanks, Osama. We bought our home in Strattonwood in 1972.
    A huge concern my husband and I have is the steep rise in property taxes. We are retired and have seen a cumulative $3,000 tax raise in the past 4 years. This is almost double. We live in an extremely modest home in a modest neighborhood. I know that county or state collects majority of property taxes but Redmond should work together with these entities to freeze property taxes for seniors. Although we make only $60,000 annually we do not currently qualify for the state program of reduced taxes. Cities which house huge corporations which pay high wages should take some responsibility to assist those of us who are caught in the middle.
    Thank you. I will look into your candidacy.
    Ann.

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    1. Thanks for the message. You bring up a great point, often times people bring us issues like high taxes simply because they are high taxes without truly understanding the impact on the residents. Long time residents tend to impacted because the income received does not grow with the tax rates. If elected, I will do my part in working with others in the city, county and state to see how we can provide relief in this areas. Thanks again for your reply.

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