Wanted: Locals headed to the Winter Olympics

February 2, 2010

By Staff

Issaquah councilman reappointed to transit board

King County Executive Dow Constantine reappointed Issaquah Councilman Fred Butler to the Sound Transit board of directors.

The regional board establishes policy and guides a system with almost 14 million riders per year on buses, commuter rail and light rail in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties.

“Councilmember Butler has been one of the most dedicated Sound Transit board members with whom I have had the pleasure to serve,” Constantine said in a statement. “He has ably chaired the Finance Committee for several years and was recently chosen as a vice chair of the Sound Transit Board for the coming year.”

Butler, elected to the City Council in 1999 and re-elected since, joined the Sound Transit board in 2003, after a recommendation from then-Executive Ron Sims. The former executive reappointed Butler to subsequent terms.

Butler serves alongside 16 other elected officials from King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. Constantine also serves on the board. State Department of Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond is the 18th board member.

The new board is scheduled to meet Jan. 14.

Constantine appointed three other local politicians to the board: Bellevue Councilwoman Claudia Balducci, new Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and new King County Councilwoman Jan Drago.

Besides Butler, the executive also reappointed King County Councilwoman Julia Patterson and King County Councilman Pete von Reichbauer.

“I believe that these appointees will continue the strong leadership needed as we plan and build more light rail in the coming years,” Constantine said.

After voters elected Constantine as executive in November, the executive-elect appointed Butler to his 30-person transition team. Butler had served alongside Constantine on the Sound Transit board in the past.

Wanted: Locals headed to the Winter OlympicsWith the Winter Olympics set to begin in a little more than a week, we want to hear from Issaquah residents with plans to attend the games.

We put out a call last month for Olympics visitors, and we were heartened by the response from readers. Look for exclusive coverage in The Issaquah Press before, during and after the Olympics. Now, we want to see if other locals will head for Vancouver, British Columbia, during the Feb. 12-28 games.

For local folks with Vancouver travel plans: Talk to us. Send us a tweet @issaquahpress or e-mail editor@isspress.com. Let us know when you plan to attend the games, and whether you’ll be able to send photos from sports venues, medal ceremonies and other memorable moments.

Tell us what you’re looking forward to about the Olympics and, as the games unfold, send us your observations from British Columbia. Share your experiences and photos from Vancouver.

For attendees with plans to tweet through the Olympics, let us know. If we hear from enough local tweeps with Olympics plans, we’ll put together a Twitter list with up-to-the-minute updates from local folks attending the games.

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