Press Editorial

August 4, 2009

By Staff

Fred Jarrett is best choice for county exec

The King County primary ballots arrived last week in the mailboxes of registered voters, but there is admittedly little of keen interest to Issaquah residents. But look a little further. The decision for King County executive makes the ballot worth paying attention to. Caution: Don’t just vote for the most recognizable name, unless you’ve done your homework.

We’ve done our due diligence and recommend a vote for Fred Jarrett. Nearby Eastside residents know him as a 41st District senator, but otherwise, he may be lacking in name familiarity.

Jarrett comes with a degree in financial analysis, and a 35-year career as a project manager at the Boeing Co. Those are the credentials needed for the executive’s job, but just as important is his very public, proven track record as a civic leader — as mayor of Mercer Island and as a state representative and senator. That combination of local and state government gives him a unique perspective to take to the county’s top spot.

Given the financial woes of King County, an executive who can oversee a $4.9 billion budget, trim the staff and benefit costs, and focus on measurable end results is what we need. We believe Jarrett is the best one to do just that.

Jarrett has proven himself to be an open book — easily accessible and transparent —during this campaign and as an elected official. He is known for good ideas — hold off on expansion of the county’s ferry system, implement performance standards, decrease the executive office’s budget and staff — and has the know-how to implement them.

No doubt one of King County’s biggest concerns is transportation, an area that Jarrett has mastered as member of the House Transportation Committee and chair of the committee that created Sound Transit. That’s the kind of background that will serve him well, if elected, to oversee the budget woes combined with needed growth of Metro.

There are seven other candidates seeking the King County executive role, but Jarrett stands out from all of the others.

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