Sims move to D.C. is timely for elections

February 3, 2009

By Staff

King County Executive Ron Sims, who’s been a fixture in politics since he was first elected to the County Council in 1985, is moving on to a post in the Obama administration as deputy secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

For the past 13 years, Sims has been the county executive. Although we have not always agreed with Sims and his policies, we believe he had the interests of King County at heart in the decisions he made.

Sims’ appointment comes at an opportune time, when King County is due for a change in leadership. Two others had already announced plans to seek Sims’ seat, and with no incumbent to challenge, we are sure there will be others. We look forward to a robust election this fall.

Meanwhile, we hope Sims will continue to advocate for the county — and throw some stimulus funds our way — for low-income and affordable housing projects.  This has been one of Sims’ passions, making him a natural for the D.C. job where we know he’ll do a great job.

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