Penny Sweet has announced her intention to run for a third term on the Kirkland City Council this year. She was first elected to the Council in 2010, was re-elected in 2014, and has served two two year terms as Deputy Mayor.
Sweet is proud of the strides Kirkland has made the past eight years. She particularly points to the current redevelopment of the old Antique Mall, Kirkland Urban, and The Village at Totem Lake , the creation of the Cross Kirkland Corridor, the successful Finn Hill, Juanita and Kingsgate annexation in 2011, and the maintenance of fiscally prudent financial policies resulting in a consistent AAA credit rating for the city.
For over 30 years, Sweet has lived in Kirkland and operated a downtown business, The Grape Choice, with her husband, Larry Springer. She has been an active member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Association. She founded Celebrate Kirkland! which has put on the Kirkland 4th of July events for the past 18 years and she has organized the Winterfest tree lighting ceremony since 2013.
She is the recipient of the Bill Woods Award for community leadership and the Anne J. Owen Award for community service.
As a City Council member Sweet chairs the Public Safety Committee and sits on the Planning and Economic Development Committee. Regionally she serves on the boards of Cascade Water Alliance and the King County Economic Development Council. On behalf of the Sound Cities Association she chairs the Emergency Management Advisory Committee Caucus and is a member of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee and the King County Regional Water Quality Committee.
Penny plans a formal campaign kick-off in May and welcomes questions, concerns, and suggestions from Kirkland residents anytime.