October 29, 2013
Joe Forkner is best for Issaquah Mayor
Issaquah voters have only one outlet on the Nov. 5 ballot to express their concerns about impending city issues:
Who will best lead the city, as its next mayor, through a throng of issues — traffic, redevelopment, increased population, water supply, increasing taxes, economic vitality and environmental sustainability — while enhancing Issaquah’s connectivity as a community?
While those are heady topics, the most pressing problems begin at City Hall where employee morale is at its lowest in decades (according to some who work there) and the administration stooped to unethical measures in the recently uncovered cybersquatting debacle.
The next four years will need a strong leader to right the ship at City Hall so all involved are engaged in moving the city forward. The question is, who is better able to do that: Fred Butler or Joe Forkner?
For internal city operations, the city would best be served by Forkner. He has been involved in the city as employee, volunteer and elected council member. He listens with his heart and would be a champion for the more than 250 employees of the city. He has a forthright attitude, speaks his mind, searches for results and questions how the administration functions from the top down.
While Butler has Forkner on the ropes with his stellar resume of experience both in Issaquah and regionally, we are leery of Butler’s unwillingness to make tough decisions. As Butler says, “I don’t like to make a decision until I have to.” While we value thoughtfulness in governance, it must be balanced by knowing when a decision must be made, not waiting to be forced into one.
Butler also seems to rest too much on the legacy of current Mayor Ava Frisinger at a time when the city is on the precipice of new growth and challenges, both physically and culturally.
While both candidates have earned their wings on community service and city governance, we give Forkner the edge.