My name is Uzma Butte and I am running for Kirkland City Council Position 7.
As a small-business owner, I understand the economic challenges that come with trying to start and grow a business. I founded a Montessori based school 16 years ago. Over the years I have helped to give hundreds of students building blocks for their education. I am a proud supporter of public education and have been a member of the PTSA at both my children’s schools.
As an educator, I know first-hand the importance of getting a good education. Kirkland has some of the best public schools in the state and we need to continue to create equal opportunity to a quality education. We need to make sure all students feel supported so they can pursue higher education. For those students who choose not to go to college right away, apprenticeships and technical training should be available so that when they graduate they have the skills to earn a living wage.
I want to ensure our community grows in a more balanced, sustainable way. We need more affordable housing, more parks, improved senior centers, better transit, and an economy that works for all families and people who work here. I want to bring more transparency and fiscal responsibility to our city government.
When it comes to tackling issues, I believe in collaborating and building relationships. As a member of Kirkland Downtown Rotary Club, I work to support our group's initiatives to help with children’s issues in our local communities. I am a community activist who promotes progressive values. My affiliations with ACLU People Power, Indivisible and East Shore Unitarian Universalists enable me to work with different groups to bring awareness to causes such as social justice, promoting acceptance of cultural diversity and participating in interfaith dialogues.
If elected, I would be the only immigrant woman of color on the Kirkland City Council. We all benefit when people from different cultures, faiths and backgrounds engage in our local community.
I would be honored to have your vote.