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Vera Orlandic-Hodak

Name: Vera Orlandic-Hodak
Running For: City of Auburn City Council Position No. 7
Current Position: None
City: Auburn, Wa
Social Media:Facebook
Education: MBA from the University of Phoenix

Endorsements: Ryan Burnett (Candidate for Auburn City Council, position No. 5)

Public Statements Made by the Candidate:

Statement from Orlandic-Hodak’s website: “One of my happiest days was the day I became a U.S. Citizen. I emigrated from war-torn Yugoslavia long ago where I owned a company with many employees. When we arrived in the United States, I took any job I could find to care for my son and myself. I’ve ran businesses, scrubbed floors and more. I’m proud of all of it because it was honest work.

In my line of work, I’ve built partnerships for a living and Auburn, a two-county city must always find partners to help bring back tax money we have all paid out for a hundred years – for the work we need done here at home.
I’ve raised my family and now is the time to give back to the city and people I love. Auburn should be THE place to start a business, raise a family and be able to stay in Auburn when we are older.

We need to work together to make our community safe. I am a mother and grandmother,  and you may feel the same way I do.”

Statement given before City Council at 7/15 meeting during public comment period: 

“ I think equity training is necessary for the City of Auburn including the City Council. Because of past incidents of racial, sexism, cultural and other diversity issues this training is necessary.

I am concerned that the scope of the equity training is not complete. As a woman and an immigrant to this country I have already seen inequities even to and by our City Council Members.

I believe this Council, which will change in January, should approve a measure that the City of Auburn approve equity training for the mayor, Council and employees. This Council should start a public process to ask for all concerns and ideas.

Because of the change in the new city council I believe that the scope of the training, based on public input, should be approved by the new Council in January and put out to bid for the best service to our community.”

Facebook post follow up to speaking at council (statement omitted for sake of space): “Speaking to Council with a great result!

I went to the City Council meeting Monday Night to talk about the proposed equity program that had been discussed by Council.

I said to Council, “…”

Councilmember Yolanda Trout-Manuel spoke positively about the last minute changes made to the original resolution to make it more acceptable to our community.

I am excited to tell you a revised measure was approved for half of the original $400,000 cost with the training to begin with the new Council in 2020.

Responses to the 31st Legislative District Democrats endorsement questionnaire:

King County voter’s pamphlet: read here
Pierce County Voter’s pamphlet: read here

Candidate statements are unedited and remain in their original context.  The Auburn Examiner has not independently verified the contents of candidate statements and encourages readers to perform their own independent research prior to casting their vote.

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