Auburn City Council, Position 7 – Vera Orlandic-Hodak

Municipal/Other Questionnaire

Candidate Information

  • Candidate Name: Vera Orlandic-Hodak
  • Position Sought: Auburn City Council, Position 7 (Non-incumbent)
  • Home Legislative District: 31st
  • Democrat: This is a non partisan race in which I must represent all citizens.

Campaign Information

Part I – Candidate Background

1. Please briefly describe your qualifications, education, employment, community and civic activity, union affiliation, prior political activity, and other relevant experience.

Other Professional Experience:

Multiple jobs in the US, ranging from being a limousine driver to administering a tribally owned company. “Yes; there were times I accepted what job I could find. I understand how hard it is to find good work.” Project Manager Boeing Auburn for the last 14 years. Owned and operated a successful construction materials company in Yugoslavia giving her entrepreneurial and corporate skills in running a major business.

Education: MBA Business Management and Leadership, BS IT and Business, Master Black Belt Six Sigma, Dale Carnegie graduate assistant, Project Manager school graduate.

Community Service: Four times Diversity Change Agent winner and organizer of Boeing’s Veterans Day Recognition Event. Leader of Boeing Women in Leadership at Auburn site. As treasurer served Evergreen home owners association for 20 years.

2. What prompted you to run for this office? What are your campaign’s most important themes, issues, or priorities (three to five)?

I am an emigrant, I am single mother, I am a women that supports women rights, I am a fighter for better future for all of us. Leaving in this vibrant community and seeing many problems I have decided to be part of the change rather then complain from the side.

Here is the insert from my pamphlet: Vera’s goals are humble yet clear, and come from her experience that politics is the art of blending the possible with the practical. She builds partnerships for a living, and wants to do the same with the City Council, to achieve our common goals.

Her work at Boeing Auburn and prior ownership of a major business give her the fiscal skills to work with budgets and the interpersonal skills to bring our council and community together. As a mother she understands the need to keep our neighborhoods, businesses and schools safe. This is paramount; we must be safe in our lives.

She believes Auburn can be the first and best choice in the area to start a business and raise a family. This starts with good public safety, visibly good infrastructure and a strong, growing economy. These are the things Vera plans to emphasize in her work on the Council. She pledges to use all her skills to reduce tax burdens and improve our roads, mobility, and quality of living.

She will bring our diverse groups and thoughts, together, and help us create a better future.

3. What steps are you taking to run a successful campaign?

Filed, committee, doorbelling and more

Part II – Local Issues

1. Would you support the establishment of a safe injection site in your district?


I support treatment clinic for drug dependency and mental health.

2. Would you support the administration and police force in your jurisdiction adopting a sanctuary policy, forbidding the sharing of local resources and labor with ICE?


Not for felony criminals!

3. Do you support raising revenue at the city level to expand transit service?


With the understanding that by state law counties control transit along with Sound Transit. We should find ways at the city level to get our people from their neighborhoods to transit.

4. Should transportation policy discourage the use of private automobiles and encourage the use of public-transit?


For the inner city transit is great but here at Auburn we have no that option.

5. Do you support building a municipally owned and operated broadband system in your city or jurisdiction?


Absolutely is it the people in need, many of whom use broadband as a leaning tool, whose lives we can change the most.

6. Do you support requiring police officers in your jurisdiction to wear body cameras?


7. Do you support repealing Tim Eyman’s I-747, which artificially limits property tax increases to 1% per year, regardless of population growth, inflation, and need?


8. Should government assist individuals, and families who are without sufficient food, shelter, or basic necessities through no fault of their own?


Yes as much as mid size city can do. I was supported from government first month upon my arrival to US, I find the job and start paying government my loan back.

9. Should the wages paid to workers in Washington State be raised incrementally towards the goal of living wages?


But also I am concerned that too fast a change will cost us jobs here.

10. Will you seek opportunities to mitigate the human activities that are contributing to disastrous climate change?


As much as mid size city can do.

Part III – Free Response

1. Why are you requesting Democratic endorsement? What aspects of the Democratic platform most resonate with you?

I come from war destroyed former Yugoslavia, and as immigrant and single mother started new life here, taking all and any job to support my family, from housekeeper, limo driver, fork lift operator….so I understand workers needs.

2. What important local issues have you worked on (or taken an interest in) that you feel aren’t getting enough attention from elected leaders and the media?

Diversity, not just in a color of skin but diversity of all kinds- women, culture, accent, religion, every aspect of deference.

3. Please list up to three specific, concrete actions you would support to ease the homelessness crisis.

Work with South Sound cities to open drug and mental health clinics.
Work with the city to give credits to business who will come to Auburn with family wage jobs.

4. What are the barriers to economic prosperity faced by residents in your jurisdiction, and how do you plan to address them?

Auburn has the history of being a proud blue collar town and we’re proud of it. We are also at the very end of two counties and we are one of the first to be cut in any downturn. We have many people like my self who came here from other countries and are still learning and there are few service available for them.

5. What are the transportation/transit challenges which face this jurisdiction and how would you address them? What role does rail play in your proposed solutions?

1. Local roads to get our people to work, school and parks. 2. The 167 expansion has been approved. No one has considered the impact or funding needed to get additional traffic from Puyallup past Auburn where the road is only two lines.

6. What are your jurisdiction’s environmental issues, which ones are urgent and what will you do to address them?

Our biggest environmental issue are hundreds of trains for a hundred years coming to and stopping at our train yard. The railroads have almost unlimited power but the South Sound cities, working together can make a difference.

7. Does your district have a taxing authority or propose levies and what changes, if any, would you seek?

Yes but limited. Auburn is an other city termed rural in federal concepts. The Eyman change would bring immediate funding to help the problems above.

By typing my name below, I declare under penalty of perjury the foregoing is true and correct.

Printed Name: Vera Orlandic-Hodak

Date: 05/28/2019

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