Isabelle Kerner

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?

Seattle's camping crisis is by far the most important issue facing Seattle. The camping crisis includes everything from open drug use and dealing, human trafficking, immediate release of violent criminals back onto our streets, to property crimes that costs tax-paying residents and businesses thousands of dollars a year—this crisis has spiraled out of control. There has been no URGENCY to this EMERGENCY. You can read more about my proposal here:   

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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?

The current council does not work with businesses. The council seems to be against them. We need to establish public-private partnerships so that we can address these issues together now. I would invite the business owners and the union leaders together so we can have a collaborative discussion that fosters compromise and enables common sense policies and solutions.

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?

Absolutely not. The current City Council seems to have its own agenda and seems unable to acknowledge their failures and mistakes which are obvious to the public. If I were on the council, I would take responsibility each and every time I failed to produce an expected outcome. It is only through our failures that we learn. If we are unable to admit failure we miss out on the chance to learn which in turn inhibits productive progress. Further, I would not prioritize too many things at once. That is actually something I learned from failing. If any person or organization tries to focus on too many things at once, they will likely not be able to achieve the result they desire for any of those things.

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

Yes. I would prohibit urban camping and have individuals swept by the Navigation Team complete a questionnaire that subsequently places said individuals in one of the 23 Cargo Container sites I have proposed be placed throughout Seattle on vacant, city owned land. Which site individuals would be placed at would depend on their background and the unique issues the people on our streets are facing. Please read the description.    Here is the link again:   

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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?

Prolific repeat offenders must stay off of our streets. I have been attacked twice in less than two years. The first time involved a group of 5 men, one of whom had a 19 page background listing criminal charges and convictions. The second and most recent time was the first week of May. I was playing dodgeball at Cal-Anderson park when I noticed a man watching me. I left early and started walking back to my car. He followed me, told me he wanted to come home and protect me and I politely declined. He kept following me. I ran to my car which was parked outside of Molly Moon's and got in. He started yelling and trying to open all the doors. I called 911, showed him hoping he would run away and took two photos of him as he continued to try and get in my car. Then a heard a loud crash as I was pulling out. At first I thought someone had shot at my car. He smashed his long-board through my back window so hard it broke the plastic coverings of my rear seatbelts. SPD responded, identified the man within 15 minutes and called me to confirm. It was a Friday night. He was arrested and released within less than 24 hours. The City Attorney's office filed a protection order on my behalf, but I later found out he has 5 Domestic Violence charges (1 still pending), two previous property crime convictions, and 4 protection order violations. He is still free. These predators must remain off the streets. The physical and psychological damage they inflict on others is inexcusable.

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 would establish multiple public-private partnerships and work with business of all sizes to ensure that we are training individuals to meet the demand for skilled workers, ensure consumers can quickly access businesses and even consider reducing business taxes in return for cooperation and collaboration in eliminating Seattle's most pressing issues.

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?

The Cargo Container Solution I am proposing would both increase the supply of affordable housing as the program would allow individuals to work while in the program. However, individuals would not be able to access the funds (which would be tax-exempt) until they exited the program with a job that would show proof of employment and enough money saved to afford first month's rent, last month's rent, a security deposit, and a small savings for furniture and emergencies. I also believe that ADU's should be allowed and that home owners should be able to collect signatures from 60% of those who live on their block in lieu of paying for permits.

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 am 23 years old. I graduated from American University with a 3.8 GPA while working full time the entire duration at age 20. A week after graduating, I accepted a position at a top IP law firm. I also interned for Senator Maria Cantwell. I am also an artist and created my own business in 2018, Isabelle Kerner LLC. In November of 2018 I filed 55 Copyright application on my own behalf and will launch my collection pending their acceptance. I've worked since I was 16 when I was an accounting assistant for a small machine and manufacturing company my father owned in Kent. I move very fast. I know how to balance a checkbook. I made my own website, business cards, flyers, ect. I am also my own campaign manager, adviser, treasurer and everything else. I know how to use technology so I can automate things very quickly to make them more efficient. I do not waste time and I also have no distraction as I am single and have no children. Here is a quick bio to summarize if you would like more information (it is in 3rd person).   

Born and raised in Seattle, Isabelle J. Kerner developed an expansive view of Seattle’s demographic when she abandoned the private school sector to attend Garfield High School where she participated in Seattle’s ‘Running Start’ program. While in high school, Kerner volunteered for Team Read, a nonprofit organization that pairs high 2nd & 3rd graders with reading & writing deficiencies with tutors once a week.      Kerner also spent two years volunteering at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) as a member of its Teen Advisory Group. After noticing that the demographics of the museum’s local visitors didn’t accurately reflect the cultural and ethnical variation of Seattle, Kerner suggested that SAM expand its radius of advertising to include Seattle’s more diverse neighborhoods. The expanded advertising increased diversity and established a program to provide teens from all socioeconomic backgrounds with free art instruction to retain the newly accumulated variation. SAM presented Kerner with the ‘Wave Maker’ award in 2013 and in 2014 Kerner received the ‘Rebel with a Cause’ award from the program.    While in DC, Kerner interned for Washington State Senator, Maria Cantwell. While working for Senator Cantwell (D-Washington), Kerner worked on policies for the America Invents Act, the Washington State Apprenticeship Program, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Program. Kerner attended one meeting with Cantwell’s senior staff members and lobbyists regarding provisions of the America Invents Act. Kerner also attended briefings on Cyber Security    Kerner is also an artist. In 2018, Kerner founded Isabelle Kerner LLC, a small business for her art. She plans to launch her first collection this fall pending acceptance of 55 Copyright applications Kerner filed on her own behalf in November of 2018. Kerner graduated cum laude from American University in Washington, DC with a BA in Political Science & Studio Art at the age of 20 in 2016. American University honored Kerner with the Leonard Maurer Trust Award, presented annually to an undergraduate fine arts student whose creative work is deemed outstanding by the faculty of the Department of Art. One week after graduating, Kerner accepted a position as an International Filing Specialist at intellectual property law firm, Banner & Witcoff.     Kerner returned to Seattle in December 2016 to begin the development of her art business. In order to secure her benefits she worked part-time in the Seattle Center at Chihuly Garden and Glass where she served for two years as the Chair of the Safety Committee before resigning at the end of April in order to focus on her campaign.