With an eye towards enhanced transportation options, more investments in parks and open spaces, and improved planning to address the impacts of growth, current Kirkland City Councilmember Jon Pascal is running for election in November 2017 to a full-term on the City Council.
Pascal currently serves on the Council after being appointed last year to finish the term of Rep. Shelley Kloba. With that term soon to end, Pascal seeks election to Position 6, currently held by Councilwoman Doreen Marchione, who is retiring at the end of the year.
“I have lived and worked in Kirkland for over 15 years. Having had the opportunity to travel and work with cities all over our region as part of my profession, I’ve realized what a treasure we have in Kirkland,” Pascal said. “I want to continue to focus on addressing the challenges our community faces due to the growth our region is experiencing. Further investments in our transportation system is a major goal of mine, along with preserving our remaining open spaces, and working to improve emergency response times in our northern neighborhoods.”
In his current role on City Council, Pascal serves as Chair of the Public Works, Parks and Human Services Committee and chairs the City/School District Coordinating Committee. He also represents the City of Kirkland on the Eastside Transportation Partnership. “I am immersing myself in a variety of issues that I am passionate about, and for which I have the qualifications to help produce results,” Pascal said.
Before serving on council, Pascal volunteered in the community for many years, including two terms on the City’s Transportation Commission, with two of those years as Chair. He also served on the Planning Commission from 2010 to 2016 to assist with integrating the newly annexed neighborhoods into the City.
“Jon’s background and level of expertise in land use and transportation makes him the right person at the right time,” said 1st District Sen. Guy Palumbo. “He will be a strategic asset for Kirkland and an excellent partner for me to work with in the Legislature.”
Pascal has been a strong advocate for neighborhoods, helping create the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance (FHNA) and serving on its Board of Directors. In his tenure with FHNA, Pascal focused on transportation safety projects, preservation of open space, the expansion of Juanita Heights Park, and improvement of emergency services. Pascal also served as co-chair of the Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods in 2016.
“During his years on the board of the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance, Jon was a committed and effective advocate,” said Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance President Scott Morris. “He is terrific at listening to neighbors, focusing on the key issues, and developing creative solutions.”
Professionally, Pascal works as a transportation engineer at Transpo Group, an international engineering consulting firm located in Totem Lake, where he also serves as a Principal and part owner.
Pascal, a western Washington native, attended the University of Washington, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry and a Master of Science degree in Engineering. He currently lives in the Juanita neighborhood with his wife and their two children.