Jeanne Kohl-Welles

Priorities

Affordable Housing and Alleviating Homelessness

Our goal is to make homelessness rare, brief and one-time. In my second term, I’ll continue my focus on increasing both the supply of affordable housing and of 24/7 shelter beds, and providing services to assist individuals in exiting homelessness. A real solution to homelessness requires a holistic approach. I’ll continue working to help those experiencing homelessness with transitioning to permanent housing and accessing expanded treatment services, mental health and behavioral health programs.

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Health Care, Human Services and Equity and Social Justice

I believe equitable access to health care, housing and essential services is a human right. My guiding belief is that investing in preventative health care and human services – including early childhood programs, behavioral health care and substance abuse treatment – will pay big dividends down the road. As Chair of the King County Board of Health and the King County Council’s Health, Housing and Human Services Committee, I will continue to lead on public health issues, including domestic and gender violence,
gun violence, the opioid crisis, climate change and obesity.

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The Environment: Expanding Transit, Protecting Puget Sound, Facing Climate Change

I view climate change and access to transit, clean air, clean water and green and open space as issues of public health and equity. I rely on transit everyday and will continue to be a strong advocate for more frequent, affordable and accessible service.

Impacts from climate change are being felt around the world.  The situation is urgent.  In our region, studies predict serious implications for our water resources, public health, agriculture, and coastal and marine ecosystems.  We can expect more floods, wildfires, and droughts.  Protecting our region’s air and water by taking leadership on emissions reduction is a major priority of mine. 

I take this call to leadership seriously. 

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