Working to create a green, safe, destination community!
Thank you for taking the time to “click” by and get to know me!
Why I am Running for City Council
I am running for city council because I am a reasonable idealist who wants to help create a sustainably green, safe, destination community not only for ourselves, but for the heritage we will leave behind.
For the last 35 years I have served this community in a myriad of ways, while I have dedicated my life to my family, friends, faith, education and work.
As a mom who has raised my kids (and dog) on the parks and trails of Des Moines, the preservation of both our environment and our safety is of the utmost importance to me! I don’t ever want to take for granted those who defend and protect my life and property while I enjoy my incredibly beautiful community. And hats off to those who keep it so gorgeous!
Over the last 35 years as a successful businessperson, contractor and real estate investor, I have gained respect for the tedious process of real-estate acquisition, development, assessment, rehabilitation and/or liquidation, and also great empathy for the individual home-owner who just wants to build a shed for heaven’s sake! Been there, done that.
We need people on city council who can relate to, and understand the needs and desires of investors, business owners and residents alike, and who can work to encourage a thriving and charming downtown and marina district!
How have I become a person who can do this?
Born in Seattle, raised in Tacoma, and transplanted to Des Moines as a young adult, Traci has never left the varied and stunning, Puget Sound.
Though she came from a twice broken home, she was loved and her parents were devoted, hard-working people who expected the same from their children.
She had the dubious privilege of attending (and living only two blocks from) Jason Lee Junior High School in the mid-70s – Tacoma’s hotbed of racial tension. Like all difficult things we survive, she learned courage and empathy, she is glad for it, and it has made for great stories! In addition, she still fully enjoys a handful of fabulous friends who were comrades as far back as grade school!
Traci remembers her young adult years with a deep respect and love for her parents and a great appreciation for her educators!
Traci graduated from Stadium High School with a 4.0 her senior year. She played the saxophone, worked hard as the Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper, and enjoyed tennis, running and her friends.
She then attended a small Bible College, earned a ThB, and went on to achieve an MMin. The closure of this college is part of a tragic and fascinating local story. As she entered her 30s, she went back to school at Northwest University to earn a Bachelor’s in Behavioral Science and graduate Magna Cum Laude.
Traci’s google profile says that she is a renaissance woman. Indeed.
Partially because she is insatiably curious and partially because she loves all new adventures, she has had an assortment of successful professions. As an administrator and office manager, she enjoyed immersion in property security and management, the insurance industry, and the mental health industry.
As a State-certified fitness instructor and later a mental health professional with a long-standing commitment to those in recovery, she has been, “. . . awed by the incredible power of transformation in human beings.”
As a real-estate investor for over 35 years, Traci has a deep appreciation for people who work in every avenue of the realm; from the assessment, purchase, rehab, construction and permit process, to sales, and tedium of meeting budget and preparing for taxes. (Just for fun, about 30 seconds long, here’s one of her flips!)
In business, Traci has a reputation for being honest, conscientious, generous, and frugal. In 2008 (December 31 to be exact), she was assigned to execute a multi-million dollar estate consisting of 22 properties (residential, commercial and land) that spanned three states and 7 counties. The estate was land rich and cash destitute, saddled with foreclosure, liens, debt, and three years of past due IRS filings – and this was before the Big Short!
Through careful organization, respectful negotiating, clever developing, two audits (and 100s of miles of driving!), not an acre or building was lost – even through three years of recession! And, everyone received a plentiful inheritance. As a result of her work on testamentary sub-divisions, she was even able to provide a needed procedural manual to the City of Burien!
Though she reports gaining a few grey hairs, she was glad to have good friends and family!
Friends and Family
Traci is a lifelong adherent to the adage; “Make new friends, but keep the old . . .” She says that having friends from as far back as grade school is a rare treasure, and, “The adventure of meeting new people almost weekly, never loses its charm!” And the people in between? Well, they have become her family!
She married in college to an incredibly diligent, kind and patient man, Jim Buxton. They have raised four amazing young people who have become honest, hard-working citizens in their own right. They enjoy not only having their kids (and grandson!) close by, but their extended family as well.
One thing that has almost never been absent in Traci’s life is a commitment to serve and give. Whether she has been wrapping packages for the Children’s Orthopedic Guild, active as a youth leader, or working as a chaplain at Juvenile Hall or the women’s prison, she has always thoroughly enjoyed serving with and supporting people in her community.
As their family matured, it was not unusual to pack a van full of young people to participate in an event such as, Feed My Starving Children.
Their favorite era (so far) they called, “Boys’ Night.” For almost four years, young men between the ages of 12 and 20 would convene at their home for field games, dinner, a speaker and more. Averaging 40 guys per week from all over the South Sound, young people built a “tribe” that continues to encourage and strengthen each other today as they move into the next seasons of their lives.
Traci believes that pouring wisdom, hope, industry, and camaraderie into the next generation is what will create a secure and peaceful place not only for our personal lives, but our community and world.
Conscientiously juggling the interests of community service, community development, public safety and public beauty is no simple task, but this is what the city council is destined to do.
This is what Traci feels compelled to do. And, it is also what she is prepared to do.
She is hoping you lock arms with her in working to keep our community beautiful, safe and productive!
Elect Traci Buxton for Des Moines City Council, Position #5!