Three candidates compete for 9th District council seat

July 30, 2013

By Peter Clark

Ballots for the August primary are due Aug. 6 and the only local King County Council seat up for election represents District 9.

Reagan Dunn seeks his third four-year term in the large district that spans Bellevue, Newcastle, Renton and surrounds Issaquah to the south. He is a former federal prosecutor and attorney in civil practice.

According to his statement in the county voters’ pamphlet, he has “worked to keep county government’s spending in check and your taxes low while working hard to protect our environment and public health services.” Additionally, he said he focused on prioritizing government spending so critical emergency services and road maintenance are properly funded.

His statement says he has received the endorsement of all eight nonpartisan mayors of the cities he represents. His website is www.reagandunn.com.

Shari Song is running against Dunn. A managing broker with Prudential NW Realty Associates in Bellevue, Song has been elected president of three community organizations and founded the Mission Church Preschool learning and education center.

“On the council, I will work full-time to focus on attracting living wage jobs, reducing gridlock on our roads and protecting our quality of life,” Song said in her statement. “I believe in putting people first, not politics.”

She received endorsements from Congressman Adam Smith, State Senators Bob Hasegawa and Karen Keiser, Representatives Marcie Maxwell and Steve Bergquist, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, The King County Democrats, King County Labor Council, National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington and EMILY’s List. Her website is www.votesharisong.com.

Finally, Kristina Macomber will also be on the ballot in the primary. The Black Diamond resident is looking to bring a responsible, family-oriented direction to the council.

“I am running for King County Council because I believe county government needs a mom with common sense values,” her statement reads. “We need greater access to public transportation and we deserve a council member who works for fairer access to services for residents.”

She declared herself as the “only Democratic candidate in this race” and said she is running to create a “fairer tax system,” protect our environment and improve public transportation.

“It’s time we send a problem-solving mom to the County Council,” she said. Her website is www.kristinaforcouncil.us.

The two candidates who receive the most votes Aug. 6 will go on to run in the Nov. 5 general election in November.

 

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