Gene Burrus

Q1. What are you hearing from voters as the most important issue facing Seattle?  In your view of that issue, what is working and what would you do differently?

Public Safety.  We do ok statistically on major crime like murder.    But we need to address recruitment and retention issues at SPD and enforce the laws.  People stop calling in property crimes.  And people don’t feel safe

Q2. Please provide your perspective on how the current city council conducts its business with the public.  How would you conduct yourself as a council member?

I’m running because of the complete contempt for citizens I saw on display last summer around the issues of the Waterfront LID and the head tax.  I was shocked.  I would listen and be respectful.

Q3. In your view is the current City Council mostly on the right track in addressing Seattle’s problems.? If yes, what do you like about the current Council’s approach? If no, what would you do differently?

No.  I would first and foremost stop making streets parks and outdoor spaces an option for homeless.  Shelter and treatment.

Q4. Please comment on the city’s approach to unsanctioned encampments.  Would you change anything about the current policy?

Yes!   I would phase them out completely.  Emergency shelters as needed.  But encampments not an option

Q5. A recent study found a that a group of offenders with dozens of arrests, who regularly cycle through the courts and back onto the streets account for a significant amount of the property and violent crime in downtown and the neighborhood business districts. How should city government respond to these findings?

They need to be prosecuted and imprisoned.  And offered treatment in prison for addiction or mental health.  Jail and treatment shouldn’t be either or for criminals.

Q6. Seattle is one of the fastest growing cities with small businesses as the backbone of our local economy. However, as the city grows the cost of doing business has also increased. As a council member what is something you would do to help businesses survive and prosper in Seattle?

I’d view business as the engine necessary for jobs.  And as people that want the same things my neighbors want.   Not as an adversary that should be driven out of the city.  We need a council that understands that business responds to incentives not name calling

Q7. As the city has grown so has the cost of housing making Seattle unaffordable for many people in the workforce. What strategies do you support to increase the supply of affordable housing in Seattle?

It’s a matter of supply and demand.  We must increase supply by upzoning around light rail and major transportation hubs in a way that accounts for infrastructure and transportation needs

Q8. Being on the City Council is a challenging job. Please describe your specific experience or skills that qualifies you to serve as the representative of your district.

I have been an antitrust attorney for nearly three decades.  I’ve worked in both a collaborative role as well as an adversarial one sometimes with or against the same people.  I’ve worked all over the world and been friends with people all over the world from every continent.