While frustration and anger over how the police department handled an assault against her in 2017 factors into Isabelle Kerner’s decision to run for city council, the District 7 candidate says there are many more issues she wants to fix in Seattle.

“I’ve considered it for a long time,” she tells Queen Anne News. “It’s not like I just woke up one Saturday morning and thought, ‘I’m going to run for city council.’”

Kerner, 23, is a native Seattleite, who attended Garfield High School. She took classes at Seattle Central College through the Running Start program, and then attended American University in Washington, D.C., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in studio art. She is currently focused on her art while also working at Chihuly Garden and Glass.

While in D.C., Kerner interned for Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell in 2015. Kerner said she respects the congresswoman, but she found there is too much compromise in large legislative groups. People elect representatives to direct their taxes toward the most important issues to them, she said.

“I think a lot of bureaucratic work could be easily eliminated,” Kerner said.

The District 7 candidate said she’d like to see the city levy just one municipal tax, and give taxpayers a say in how their money is apportioned, so they can put those funds toward projects important to their neighborhoods.

“I think you should basically pay one tax,” Kerner said.

While the City of Seattle continues to address its homelessness and housing affordability crisis, new revenue sources are needed.

While Kerner doesn’t support a head tax, she said large companies, particularly Amazon, have the resources and technology to fix the “mess that they may or may not have contributed to making,” and should be called on to help.

“I don’t think anyone really jumps with excitement at the word tax.”

Hearing Examiner Ryan Vancil issued a decision that clears Mandatory Housing Affordability legislation for upzones across the city on Nov. 21, with a requirement that the city do further analysis on potential impacts to historical sites.

Kerner said she doesn’t think upzoning Queen Anne will contribute much to solving the affordable housing crisis, and she worries it will turn the neighborhood into a “demolition zone,” like what she sees in Lower Queen Anne, resulting in a loss of parking and lots of noise. She added she worries about larger buildings in Queen Anne and how they would hold up in the event of a major earthquake.

She likes the idea of converting old shipping containers into housing units as a cheap option for providing housing, adding they have the advantage of being moveable.

Kerner is not a fan of safe consumption spaces, also known as safe injection sites and community health engagement locations (CHELs). As for reducing the number of drug needles being left haphazardly in parks and other public areas, Kerner said she thinks people should be paid for turning in used needles as an incentive to properly discarding them.

Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw has pledged to her District 7 constituents that she will use 2019 to look for more funding to replace the Magnolia Bridge, and a 1:1 replacement is estimated to cost $340 to $420 million.

Kerner said she believes those estimates are higher than what it would actually cost, and she’d like to look at possibly constructing a suspension bridge over the current structure, then tearing down the old bridge once the new one is completed.

“It shouldn’t take that much money or time to design a bridge that big,” Kerner said.

As for the upcoming Seattle Squeeze, Kerner said she’s not in favor of congestion pricing. The city should do a better job of timing its traffic lights, she said, and she sees areas in Seattle where congestion wouldn’t be so bad if bus-only lanes didn’t exist; there are a few that don’t get used enough, she said.

Kerner is using the city’s new Democracy Voucher program to fund her campaign, which she said she expects to run with a small budget. As long as she puts in the time and campaigns with passion, she said, it shouldn’t take that much money to compete for the District 7 seat.

Learn more at kernerforcouncil.com.