Bellevue residents square off in County Council District 9 race
October 22, 2013
Two candidates are vying for King County’s District 9 County Council seat in this election.
Incumbent Reagan Dunn faces Shari Song for the large district that encompasses Newcastle and areas south and southwest of Issaquah.
While the position remains nonpartisan, last year Dunn lost a bid for Washington Secretary of State, running under the Republican banner. Meanwhile, Song has received an endorsement from the King County Democrats and a number of campaign contributions from Democratic groups.
“King County wants to be this massive regional government,” Dunn said. “We’re not focusing on our constituents like we should.”
He is determined to ensure a Southeast King County sheriff’s precinct reopens, as planned. He stood against the countywide paid sick leave. While admitting its importance, he didn’t think the county should mandate it.
Dunn also opposed putting this year’s county parks levy on the August primary-election ballot. The six-year levy was too expensive for rural homeowners, he said, and was too big an increase over previous levy funding. He doesn’t think the park system should be a bigger priority than other things the county cannot afford to fund.
Song stands firmly behind a guaranteed paid sick leave for everyone who lives in the county and believes Dunn has not prioritized the voters.
“Government will never have enough to do everything,” Song said “We must pick and choose. Unfortunately, the incumbent picks special interests and his own career. I choose the interests of our families, neighborhoods and district — first, last and always.”
Song thinks the county should consider mandated paid sick leave, similar to the policy Seattle passed last year. The details would need to be studied, she said, but it’s a matter of public health.
Additionally, Song supported the parks levy, and said Dunn’s opposition to the six-year levy is an indication he is out of step with the rest of the county. Nearly 70 percent of county voters voted to approve the levy.
Dunn has received endorsements from Seattle King County Realtors Association, King County Police Officers Guild, Affordable Housing Council, Bellevue Firefighters IAFF Local 1604 and numerous local city elected officials. Song has gathered the support of King County Democrats, Washington Conservation Voters, King County Labor Council, pro-choice groups and EMILY’s List.
Ballots were mailed out Oct. 17 for the Nov. 5 election.
Learn more at www.votesharisong.com and www.reagandunn.com.
Source: The Seattle Times