Sen. Fred Jarrett tapped for No. 2 county job

November 17, 2009

The next No. 2 man in King County government will be Fred Jarrett, the Mercer Island Democrat who represents southwest Issaquah in the state Senate. Read more

Press Editorial

November 17, 2009

Early signs from county exec are encouraging

In the weeks since King County voters picked Dow Constantine as next county executive, the leader-in-waiting has taken several steps to include Issaquah and Eastside voices in the transition. We applaud these efforts. Read more

Issaquah official will advise county executive-elect

November 10, 2009

Issaquah Councilman Fred Butler will advise Dow Constantine as the King County executive-elect prepares to take office Nov. 24. Read more

County executive candidates focus on Eastside issues

October 13, 2009

King County executive race

King County executive candidates Dow Constantine and Susan Hutchison are engaged in a down-to-the-wire push to appeal to Eastside voters. But political experts said the effort by the candidates, both Seattleites, could be difficult.

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Fred Jarrett to enter race for county executive seat

March 16, 2009

NEW — 7 p.m. March 16, 2008

State Sen. Fred Jarrett, who has been considering running for county executive in November, said he’s entering the race.

Two King County Council members — Larry Phillips and Dow Constantine, both of Seattle — announced earlier this year they were entering the race to replace Ron Sims as county executive.

Jarrett said he’d offer voters an alternative to a Seattle-based politician for the executive post.

Fred Jarrett

Fred Jarrett

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Mayor to be honored

February 9, 2009

Ava Frisinger

Ava Frisinger

The Municipal League of King County has named Mayor Ava Frisinger Public Official of the Year.

The award is given to a public official or department head who in addition to routine service, has brought to the office outstanding innovations or contributions.

“It’s good to see Issaquah recognized regionally and I’m very happy for that,” Frisinger said.

She is the first individual from Issaquah to receive a Municipal League Civic Awards honor since the awards’ inception in 1960. In 2002, Chevrolet of Issaquah won business of the year honors. In 2007, then-State Rep. Fred Jarrett was named Public Official of the Year. Jarrett represents the 41st District that includes a portion of Issaquah. Read more

For this Legislature, it all comes down to money

January 5, 2009

When the Legislature convenes Jan. 12, its members will attempt to accomplish one primary task during their 105-day session: close a budget gap of $5.7 billion. The whopping deficit is largely due to the national economic depression, according to a statement issued by Gov. Chris Gregoire with her budget proposal. Sharp declines in consumer spending have dramatically reduced state sales tax revenues, the backbone of the budget.

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Legislators from 41st District weigh in on top state issues

January 5, 2009

41st Legislative District map 41st Legislative District map

The Legislature convenes Jan. 12 with the daunting task of closing a projected $5.8 billion shortfall.

Last month, Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed slashing more than $3.5 billion in funding for schools, social services and other areas to close the biggest budget shortfall in state history.

In addition to budget cuts, Gregoire proposes using $609 million from the state’s rainy-day fund. She’s also banking on the federal government sending the state at least $1 billion to help pay for Medicaid and welfare programs. Read more

Fifth District incumbents win, Democrats take 41st seats

December 2, 2008

The majority of voters in Issaquah’s two legislative districts voted party line — 5th District voters re-elected incumbent Republicans and the 41st District voted in a slate of Democrats. Read more

Voters pick Glenn Anderson by narrow margin

November 11, 2008

Other incumbents win easily, ballot issues also decided

Apart from momentous results in the race for U.S. president, the Nov. 4 election also delivered important decisions for regional races and issues. Read more

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