De’Sean Quinn, in his own words | TUKWILA MAYOR’S RACE

The Tukwila Reporter offered De'Sean Quinn a chance to write, in his own words, why Tukwila voters should elect him mayor.

  • Monday, October 19, 2015 6:33pm
  • Opinion

By De’Sean Quinn

Candidate for Tukwila mayor

I’m running for mayor of the City of Tukwila because I love this city, its residents, and the many things that make it such a great place to call home. I’ve been raising my family in our city for 13 years. I love Tukwila – not just for what it’s been for generations of residents but for what it can be for future ones. After seven years on the City Council, I want to take a more active role in creating the safe, thriving, fiscally responsible and innovative future we all want for Tukwila. It’s a vision that hundreds of residents have described to me during my years on the council and on my walk and talks with people throughout our neighborhoods this year.

I’ve learned that no matter whether we’re long-time or recently arrived residents or business owners, we all want the best for our families and our city. By working together on four key goals, we will have a positive impact on the quality of life for everyone in Tukwila. Together we will build this vision:

1. Improving public safety by having more officers in the neighborhoods

2. Protecting the character of our neighborhoods by encouraging growth in the Southcenter area and providing resources to existing residential neighborhoods

3. Improving education to better serve our children and attract new families

4. Attract great businesses to increase job opportunities for residents

Bringing people together to work through differences is part of who I am. As a child, I mediated disagreements among my brothers in a family that instilled in us a commitment to service. In my professional career, I have developed a reputation for bringing people together and building coalitions to solve tough problems.

Throughout my 11 years in public service, I’ve learned that coordination, negotiation, and finding common ground are the keys to progress on even the most divisive issues. My work with the council on a variety of issues also reminds me that inviting a diversity of voices and opinions on tough issues makes for better results. It is always better when those most affected by an issue have the opportunity to share their views and ideas.

I want to use my energy, experience, and commitment to bring high standards and a sense of shared purpose to the work Tukwila does on behalf of our community. Together, we can make the city more responsive and make sure that we provide high quality services throughout Tukwila.

If given the honor of being your mayor, I will be present, attentive, and actively engaged in the issues that matter most to our community. I respectfully ask for your vote so that together we can make our shared vision for Tukwila a reality.

De’Sean Quinn can be reached via email at


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