October 27, 2009
Dow Constantine for King County executive
The outcome of the race for King County executive will have a significant effect on our urban cities and surrounding unincorporated areas, which makes the choice a critical one. We’ve seen what happens when the leadership is misdirected and we’re looking forward to change.
Dow Constantine is our preferred choice.He is well grounded in the nitty-gritty details the county executive needs to master. He has a master’s degree in urban planning and has practiced law for 19 years. His volunteer years included efforts to preserve open space, and he later worked with disgruntled rural landowners to find solutions to the critical areas ordinance.
As a seven-year King County Council member, Constantine initiated county performance audits and has plans to use them to find and implement cost cuts. He has allies in the state Legislature, where he served in the House and Senate. As chair of the County Council’s budget committee, he led the charge to cut the former executive’s budget.
Constantine’s has elaborated plans to overhaul Metro bus routes to match today’s needs, make Sound Transit operations more efficient and seek more stable sources of revenue for transit.
From the get-go, he has been committed to keeping urban county parks open until a transfer of ownership is completed, and keeping police officers off the budget-cut list. We also like his plan to have a staff person assigned to work with small cities and rural areas.
Susan Hutchison, Dow’s opponent, has many fresh ideas, but they are ideas not yet grounded in substance. For example, she now thinks state Route 520 should be the cross-lake route for light rail, even though voters approved an Interstate 90 crossing over the bridge that was designed for just this use.
She touts her nonpartisanship roots without seeming to understand that nonpartisan does not mean she won’t need political savvy. We question her integrity — as evidenced by the details of her dismissal from her television career — and her commitment to public service — as evidenced by her dismissal as unimportant the fact that she missed voting eight times in the past eight years.
We encourage voters to think carefully about this vote. We think you’ll agree Constantine is the better choice.