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Zak Idan

For TUkwila City Council Position 5

 

About Zak Idan

Zak Idan was born in somalia. To save their family, Zak's parents fled to a REFUGEE camp in kenya. they finally arrived in the United states in 2000 when zak was 11 years old. 

Zak grew up in Seattle and attended Evergreen High School in the Highline School District. Because his family stressed the values of a good education and hard work, he entered the Running Start program at Highline Community College while still in high school. This enabled him to graduate from Evergreen and then Highline with his AS degree.  He continued his education at the University of Washington where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Management with a minor in Urban Planning. Zak currently works for King County as a Project Control Engineer in the Department of Natural Resources.

In his spare time, he is active in the community, helping to promote small, minority-owned businesses. He also serves on several boards and commissions including the Community Oriented Policing Citizen’s Advisory Board, OneAmerica, and the Matt Griffin YMCA. He volunteers with Action Tukwila and as a youth soccer coach. Zak makes a point to work closely with the immigrant community in Tukwila paving the way for those who want to experience the American Dream, just like he did.

Phone

425-918-0274

 

ADDRESS

PO Box 88903

Tukwila WA 98138

 

Economic Development

I will work to build a stronger economy here in Tukwila by focusing on supporting and growing small business. I would like to partner with local schools to strengthen job and skills training programs so new and developing industries can hire the people who already live in our community rather than importing people from outside our city or state. I also want to empower the entrepreneurs of Tukwila with training and education, by developing programs to provide the tools needed to get their businesses off the ground. 

Public Safety

I believe that public safety starts with community involvement. By supporting programs that encourage the public to work with police and our local judicial system, we can develop community-centric solutions to crime in our City. I also believe sidewalks and traffic calming techniques can make our streets and neighborhoods safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.

Housing

Owning a home is a dream for many. It is a dream for me and my family. I am working towards owing a home that will allow me the simple joys in life; a backyard for my kids to play in, the ability to use that home to pay for their college educations and the stability of knowing that I won't have to move until I am ready. I believe that Tukwila should be a place the values single-family homes. As a society, however, we know that not everyone is ready for or can afford a home of their own. That's why it is important that we have housing options at every level. We need to make sure that our college students or recent graduates, our newly married couples, our first-teachers and anyone starting out on the journey also have access to quality homes in their price ranges. We want to keep our people in Tukwila so we need to make sure that we have homes that fit them in their lives. My goal is to make sure that we have quality, beginning-level homes and apartments for those who are on their way to the American dream, but haven't made it quite yet.  

Transportation

Nearly 30% of Tukwila’s residents take public transportation or carpool to work. While this is much higher than most cities, even in our area, it obscures the need for better quality business opportunities here in Tukwila. Creating those opportunities requires a better road network and more accessable public transportation, not just here in Tukwila but also to connect us with surrounding communities. We can build a transportation infrastructure that will lead to a higher quality of life in Tukwila.
 

 
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