Northwest Asian Weekly
After failing to gather council support during the July 12 council meeting, SeaTac City Councilmember Peter Kwon prepared a “Resolution Supporting Ethnic Diversity” to be drafted for council consideration on July 26. “SeaTac is a very ethnically diverse city. In meeting with neighbors and residents, many have asked me why the city does not have an official resolution supporting this,” Kwon said.
Councilmembers Kathryn Campbell and Pam Fernald had reservations.
Campbell said she was fearful that “someone would be left out.”
Fernald said, “It’s not that I’m against a resolution… My job that I get paid for is to represent everyone in the city and to have a resolution to me is saying ‘you don’t represent everyone,’ and you have to have a piece of paper that you do.”
Councilmember Tony Anderson said, “I think we should do it. We are not trusted. A lot of stuff has happened in the last few months… if at least we give them something in their hands that says we’re going to honor you, we’ll have something that they can hold us accountable.”
The Mayor agreed.
Campbell and Fernald changed their tones and the motion to draft the resolution was unanimously approved.
Seattle and Tukwila already have similar resolutions. The next step is to officially adopt the resolution in the City of SeaTac at the Aug. 9 council meeting.
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