Integrity. Efficiency. Leadership for All Mercer Islanders.

Kate has the experience and courage necessary to meet the challenges facing Mercer Island today. Vote Kate Akyuz for Mercer Island City Council.

Kate and her family put together a puzzle.

About Kate

Kate is a trusted senior scientist and project manager for the King County Water and Land Resources Division. She understands how government works, is a skilled collaborator, and develops innovative, data-driven solutions to complex problems. A fifth generation Washingtonian, Kate understands the critical need to balance our economic needs with environmental preservation and restoration.

Kate is also a Girl Scout leader and a strong advocate for children and the environment. She donates locally to Mercer Island Youth and Family Services and the PTA and is an active volunteer in our public schools.

Kate will bring community values, common sense, and consensus building back to City Council.

In the News

Kate's headshot featured in the Mercer Island Reporter.
Mercer Island Reporter

Akyuz to run for Mercer Island City Council position in November

3/15/2021

Mercer Island, WA– Kate Akyuz is ready to fit local politics into her schedule, which is already brimming with a challenging full-time job as an environmental scientist and as the mother of three children in a blended family.

“The job of government is too important to leave to others, and I know that I have the experience and skill set to do good things for the city,” said Akyuz, 45, who has lived on Mercer Island for eight years and works in the King County Water and Land Resources Division.

Issues

Protect our Parks

Mercer Island’s beloved parks need improvements and care to preserve their beauty and maintain resiliency for all to enjoy. 
Island Crest Elementary School

Secure MIYFS Funding

We must guarantee stable funding for Mercer Island Youth and Family Services (MIYFS) because they offer vital services to assist our residents. Providing mental health counselors in schools, emergency grants to struggling families, and case management for seniors is important to our community.

Kate talks to her senior neighbor about housing.

Sustain Middle-Income Housing

We need to maintain our vibrant community character. We must work to make sure that our seniors and young professionals alike are not priced out of their homes.

“Kate is a loyal, determined scientist and mother. Her career-long commitment to the environment and focus on mental health issues shows her priorities are in the right place — taking care of our community. That’s why I am on #TeamKate.”

Ms. Wendy Weiker,
Deputy Mayor of Mercer Island

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