King County executive completes sojourn to 39 cities
September 15, 2010
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 15, 2010
King County Executive Dow Constantine completed a tour of the 39 cities and towns in King County on Tuesday — nine months and 21 days after he took office.
Skykomish in northeastern King County marked the last stop on the tour. Constantine stopped in Issaquah in mid-February, and met rural King County residents at a Hobart forum in July.
“There’s simply no substitute for being there when it comes to getting a feel for a community, its people, and its issues,” Constantine said in a news release. “I met every mayor in King County on their own turf and let them set the agenda for our discussion.”
The executive opened the tour in Duvall, Carnation, North Bend and Snoqualmie in February. Each of the visits included sit-down discussion with mayors and other municipal officials. Many included driving or walking tours of local sites, plus meetings with business and community leaders. Regional Relations Manager De’Sean Quinn accompanied Constantine on most of the trips.
Skykomish, population 210, is a 69-mile journey from Seattle, the county seat. The shortest trip Constantine made: a visit to Seattle City Hall to address the City Council there.
“Each city is unique, and this tour provided me with a great opportunity to see the diversity and local character of King County,” Constantine said. “It was an amazing experience. Even as someone who has lived here his whole life, there is plenty new to learn and see.”