Kathy Lambert begins her third term

January 12, 2010

By Staff

King County Council appoints new member

Superior Court Presiding Judge Bruce Hilyer swears in King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert Jan. 4 to her third term. Contributed

Superior Court Presiding Judge Bruce Hilyer swears in King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert Jan. 4 to her third term. Contributed

Councilwoman Kathy Lambert started another term last week as the Issaquah representative on the King County Council, just before the council welcomed a new member.

Superior Court Presiding Judge Bruce Hilyer swore in Lambert for a third term Jan. 4. Lambert, a Redmond resident, represents District 3. Besides Issaquah, the district includes Sammamish, Preston, North Bend, Snoqualmie — 1,043 square miles in all.

“It is a great honor to represent the people of District 3 in this capacity, and each occasion to renew that oath of service is special,” Lambert said in a statement issued after the ceremony. “Each year brings more understanding about the depth of this responsibility and the people affected by our decisions. I encourage District 3 residents to contact me anytime I can be of assistance.”

Lambert serves as chairwoman of the Council Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee. She is also as a member of the budget leadership team.

“King County is facing many challenges today, and it will take teamwork to reach our goals of more efficient and effective government,” Lambert said. “It is important that the people of King County feel closer to their government and confident about how their public dollars are used.”Lambert was re-elected unopposed to the council in November. Before voters elevated Lambert to the council in 2002, she represented the 45th District in the state Legislature for seven years.

Lambert and other council members also appointed former Seattle City Councilwoman Jan Drago to the board.

Drago fills the open seat left by former Councilman Dow Constantine. Voters elected Constantine as county executive in November.

“I am honored to be selected to serve the people of District 8,” Drago said after Hilyer administered the oath of office. “I look forward to working with the council and the communities and neighborhoods that make up the district on the challenges that we face this year.”

Drago will serve as the District 8 representative until officials certify the November 2010 general election results. District 8 includes Burien, West Seattle and Vashon Island.

Drago served as a Seattle councilwoman from 1994 through last year. Councilman Reagan Dunn, who represents unincorporated King County south of Issaquah, praised Drago for her experience.

“I was looking for an independent-minded person who could work with all of my colleagues,” Dunn said in a statement. “With Jan Drago, we get that and a wealth of local government experience as well. I’m pleased to welcome her and look forward to working with her between now and November.”

Council members selected Drago from 11 people who applied to succeed Constantine. The other finalists included state Reps. Zack Hudgins and Sharon Nelson, and state Sen. Joe McDermott.

“All the candidates we considered were very qualified,” Lambert said. “We are fortunate to have such talented, informed leaders to choose from. After working with Councilmember Drago at the city of Seattle, I am confident that she can hit the ground running and offer her considerable government and business experience to the county. We appreciate her budget expertise and familiarity with the issues facing King County.”

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