Acker is positive, informed, committed
Tom Acker has a passion for the city of Mercer Island. He cares deeply for this city, its residents and its schools. We fully support Tom for City Council and believe Tom would help our council be more strategic, effective and responsive to our community’s needs in terms of I-90 commuting, city budget priorities, city services, investing in parks, arts and recreation and with public outreach and processes.
Many of us have had the opportunity to volunteer alongside Tom on a number of important community issues, including I-90/Sound Transit discussions, PTA school advocacy, Mercer Island Town Center development review as well as a number of philanthropic organizations. Tom is a positive, informed, committed and an effective leader advocating on behalf of our community’s interests. Tom’s business experience, analytical skills and advocacy involvement combined with his passion, perseverance and commitment to our community would be an asset to our council and community.
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Vote for Acker for City Council
Let me begin with a confession. I haven’t told Tom Acker this but I voted for Mayor Bruce Bassett in the previous election. I did this because I felt that Bassett was the better candidate in spite of Tom being a friend and someone with whom I have collaborated on city-related issues. I also supported, donated money and voted for pretty much every elected official (all Democrats) who are endorsing Tom’s opponent, Joy Langley. I am a loyal Democrat who is completely turned off by the GOP at the federal level. I also happen to think that Joy is an extraordinary person and candidate and should one day have the opportunity to serve on the council.
However, I am voting for Acker over Langley and I’d like to explain my choice.
Tom is a critical thinker who is passionately interested in improving our Island. He was born and brought up on Mercer Island. He genuinely wants better solutions. He doesn’t necessarily fall in line with an accepted consensus if he thinks that the data points elsewhere. He also is quick to change his opinion once he finds that there is data that contradicts his position. He works hard to build consensus amongst people about issues and has taken the lead on various community initiatives.
There are some areas where I disagree with Tom, including his use of the condescending term “legacy council members” while referring to council members he disagrees with. This kind of language is unnecessarily confrontational and was probably the biggest reason for his not being able to unseat Bassett in the last election. In spite of this, when I talk to Tom, I find him to be logical, rational, fact based, friendly and focused on solutions. He wants to do the right thing and has a strong intellect. My belief is that he uses language in this manner primarily because he is frustrated that the council isn’t always listening to data that contradicts their position. I truly believe that being on the council will mellow his language because he will have to win the support of fellow councillors to get things done.
The biggest reason to vote for Tom is that even as Tom believes that Mercer Island is a great place, he also sincerely, passionately, genuinely believes we can do better. He is dissatisfied with the status quo. Dissatisfaction is at the root of all progress for humanity.
Acker is an honest, critical thinking, driven man who is passionate about making Mercer Island a better place for all of us.
Acker has the courage
What are the qualities that we need in a person representing the Mercer Island residents on the council?
Judgment is a must. In many ways, it is the job of our council members. A council member with solid judgment keeps you out of trouble and helps you navigate difficult situations. If you have a council member who does not have the experience and gravitas essential to good judgment, you are doing your community a serious disservice.
Relevant Experience: Our council member needs to have as much relevant experience as possible in order to make on-point decisions.
To have great judgment, wisdom is essential when making critical decisions and thinking strategically about the future. Note, both wisdom and judgment are usually the result of lots of experience in tough situations, some failures and a strong intellect.
Courage may be the most unappreciated trait. Our council members need to have the courage of their convictions, as well as the courage to face up to hard truths and to make tough calls when the answer isn’t always popular.
Tom Acker’s experience as a senior executive at Boeing has given him the opportunity to navigate through difficult situations. He has the experience and gravitas needed on the council. He has been required to balance multi-million dollar budgets and make tough decisions on personnel, balanced with the bottom-line while maintaining world-class employees and production capability. His ability to think outside the box is exemplified by the mobility forum that he hosted. He also has the courage to step up and stop actions detrimental to our community as he did with the “Kite Hill” issue.
Joy Langley’s work experience primarily has been working for politicians and being a lobbyist for various issues. That does not provide the relevant context for decision making about the current issues facing the council. An objective analysis clearly points to Tom Acker as the right choice.
Acker is dedicated to our community
When it comes to building a better future for Mercer Island, Tom Acker understands the issues better, and has contributed more to our community.
A second-generation Islander, Tom tirelessly advocates for Islanders by increasing transparency, supporting and volunteering in our schools, and bringing people together.
Tom’s interest in serving on the council is grounded by shared values developed through his long tenure in our community, and an interest in providing a voice to Islanders amidst the pressures of our rapidly growing region.
Tom’s leadership, commitment to the community, and focus on Islander’s issues is needed on our City Council. Please join me with a vote for Tom Acker in the upcoming election.