Tracy Furutani, Campaign Kickoff for LFP City Council position 5

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Tracy Furutani answers questions at kickoff
Tracy Furutani held his official Campaign Kickoff for LFP City Council position 5. Tracy highlighted the reasons for jumping into the race:
  • Climate: the city’s need to develop and implement a climate action plan.
  • Equity: City plans need to have a lens where all people of LFP are considered.
  • Accessibility: we need transparency and access to information, and ensure our city is an inclusive community.

The kickoff was outside, masks on, and socially distanced. Community musicians and local playwright David Farkas, and community actors entertained the group. 

LFP residents shared their insights on Tracy and why they support him so strongly for his candidacy.

They spoke about Tracy’s science background, and his commitment to a focus on climate action and equity for the city. A resident shared Tracy’s long-term commitment to education as an instructor at North Seattle College teaching 25 years of climate science. 

It was also mentioned that he serves on the board of Shorelake Arts, monitors local creeks with Streamkeepers, and was an Advisory Committee member with the LFP Water District where he volunteered in the Shoreline schools teaching water education and is currently helping them to update a Climate Action Plan.

Campaign event held outdoors with social distancing

The highlight was when Tracy spoke and had a question-and-answer period. Tracy answered several questions ranging from air quality monitoring along Bothell Way, to Prop. #1, and electric cars. 

Tracy explained that electric cars are a good way to reduce carbon if the source of the electric energy is green. Not all electricity comes from a renewable source. He went on to explain that as we move forward to find solutions to reduce our carbon footprint, we also need to look through the lens of equity for solutions as not everyone can afford an electric car.

After the question-and-answer period, one LFP resident observed, “Tracy has the openness to listen to all members of Lake Forest Park and their varying perspectives and he has the background and the ability to dig deeply into whatever issue is before him. His answers did not just skim the surface, and I appreciated that.”

Tracy has lived in Lake Forest Park for 17 years. He sees being on the council as a chance to give back to the community. 

“Lake Forest Park is a great place to live. I want to make sure that our future includes healthy growth without increasing our carbon footprint or losing what makes Lake Forest Park unique. I look forward to hearing from you during the campaign."

For more information visit Tracy’s website or contact him at


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