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DaCorsi in the running for Auburn City Council Position 2
Auburn resident Claude DaCorsi announced Monday his intention to run for Auburn City Council Position 2.
Incumbent John Partridge is running for mayor.
DaCorsi, director of capital construction for the King County Housing Authority, said the $20 million worth of work KCHA has invested in its Auburn properties in the last few years has given him a seat at the table at a number of housing meetings and presentations, and, crucially, a chance to talk with the mayor and city staff.
The more interactions he's had, DaCorsi said, the stronger his interest in all things Auburn has grown.
"This is something I would like to do," DaCorsi said. "I would like to give back, but I would also like to be involved."
DaCorsi said many positive things can happen here, even in the current economic climate, but getting there really requires a much closer look at how the revenues and expenditures of the City are taken care of.
DaCorsi, who oversees a budget of about $25 million a year in his King County job, said he has a proven track record as a good steward of money and is always careful to ensure that the revenue and expenditure sides of the ledger balance.
"That's kind of one of the key things I see, that, and looking at things from a fiscally conservative viewpoint," DaCorsi said. "A lot things are happening with the federal government and the reduction of revenues, and it impacts us here. The City has had a sizable reduction in its budget for the last few years, and that will continue. The City will need some good fiscal policies in place to address that, without compromising any of the necessary services for the City."
Citing the most recent City customer survey, taken in 2012, DaCorsi noted that in some areas it revealed a 50-50 split between the contents and the not so contents. That says to him that the City still has a lot of work to do to help its residents have a good place to live and work.
He is also keenly interested in development.
"I have been in construction for almost 40 years, and I see a lot of things happening that need attention. The Cavanaugh property has sold, and I feel that that block will mean good things for the city," DaCorsi said. "On the economic development side, we need to work to bring businesses and workers into the city while supporting those that are there.
"We also need to look at all the trade issues and how they affect the city. ... Our transportation corridors, for example, are starting to show some signs of deterioration, like all our infrastructure is, and we really need to protect that to make sure that we get trade groups moving forward. Auburn is one of the key hubs in the trade corridor," DaCorsi said.
DaCorsi has a bachelor's degree in public administration and systems management and an MBA from Seattle University in 2009.
DaCorsi is a member of the Auburn Lodge of the Sons of Italy. He has been a volunteer chaplain at the State Penitentiary in Walla Walla for five years.
DaCorsi and his wife, Mary, have lived in Auburn for about eight years. They have three grown children and nine grandchildren.