Mayor Ralph thanks the community, looks to the future

Kent friends,

I want to thank the Kent community for coming out to hear my first State of the City address last Thursday. It was great to see so many residents, business owners, community leaders, elected officials, employees and members of different cultural groups represented — a good sign that we are making progress in being more inclusive as a City!

I really appreciate the questions and feedback community members shared about different topics, including the Prop A vote. Your input is important to me, and it will help shape some of the difficult decisions we’re facing.

I also want to thank you for allowing us to have a little fun with the opening video. It was a bit of a departure for me — and I am not quitting my day job to go to Hollywood — but it highlighted some of the exciting people, places and projects in Kent. If you missed it, you can watch it here, along with the full State of the City Address.

As I said Thursday, I am honored to be your mayor. This is truly my dream job, and while we have a tough road ahead, we also have many wonderful things on the horizon. I look forward to working together over the next four years to help our City achieve its full potential.

Thank you for giving me the privilege of serving you!

Mayor Dana Ralph

(Left) Asia Tanis signs the national anthem. (Right) Mayor Ralph gives her first State of the City address.
(Left) Reception prior to State of the City, (Right) Audience listens intently.
A community member asks about short-term strategies for addressing homelessness.
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