Friends and Neighbors,
First of all, I hope that you, your loved ones and community members are healthy and joining me in looking forward to the promise of 2023! If you and I have not yet met, my name is Sarah Perry, and I am thrilled represent our great communities of District 3 on the King County Council. I look forward to working with you on issues that you care about, both within District 3 and for King County as a whole, to ensure that each of our communities thrive.
We live in a diverse and growing region with a district that represents the cities and/or surrounding areas of Issaquah, Sammamish, Redmond, Woodinville, Bothell, Duvall, Carnation, Fall City, Preston, Snoqualmie, North Bend, Snoqualmie Pass and Skykomish. I’m excited to work together with leaders from each of our different communities to tackle the most pressing issues to help build a promising future for all. My three main priority areas this year are behavioral health, creative economies and the environment.
There is so much more to come, but for now don’t hesitate to reach out if you would like to have a cup of coffee and conversation, or a zoom or phone conversation, or if you would like me to join you at a community or organizational meeting. I look forward to all we can do together!
SEE WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO IN DISTRICT 3!
May 22: Proclamation to Recognize May 10th as Asian/Asian American Mental Health Awareness Day in King County
Councilmember Girmay Zahilay and I sponsored a Proclamation to Recognize May 10th as Asian/Asian American Mental Health Awareness Day in King County which the Council passed unanimously! In this month of May, which is both Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month, it's important that we have the conversation about supporting the behavioral health of everyone in our community, especially anyone who isn't receiving support out of fear or stigma. We need to use this time to lift up the work of providers, organizations, and resources, both of which need to be at the forefront of behavioral health discussions. One organization that has been doing excellent work in this field is Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS), who offer great resources in supporting those in our county. Their CEO Michael Byun had many conversations with us in getting this proclamation out. Raising awareness about behavioral health in the Asian/Asian American community will not only encourage people to seek the support that they need, but might also encourage professional interest in health and human services careers which will lead to a more diverse workforce that reflects the community!
April 27: Having an Important Conversation on Behavioral Health
Convened a meeting with the King County Sheriff, District 3 Police Chiefs, Fire Chiefs, and Tribal Representatives from Snoqualmie Indian Tribe and the Tulalip Tribes. This behavioral health conversation helped us understand gaps and overlaps in our services as well as opportunities and next steps together for the optimal health of our communities!
March 22: Strengthening Our Building and Energy Codes
In the Local Services and Land Use committee which I Chair, we recently passed an Ordinance to strengthen King County’s building and energy codes, improving air quality and reducing emissions for new housing in unincorporated areas!