King County Councilman Reagan Dunn pleads guilty to DUI

September 30, 2014

Metropolitan King County Councilman Reagan Dunn pleaded guilty Sept. 18 in Kittitas County to driving under the influence after driving his pickup into a ditch last month.

Dunn, 43, revealed his plea to The Seattle Times during an interview in which he acknowledged an alcohol-abuse problem for which he first sought treatment in 2011.

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Biography celebrates late U.S. Rep. Jennifer Dunn

January 15, 2013

The late Jennifer Dunn, a long-serving representative in Congress for Issaquah and other Eastside communities, is the latest subject in The Legacy Project, a state oral history program.

The book “A Woman First: The Impact of Jennifer Dunn” documents the trailblazing Republican’s career, life and legacy.

The biography is available as a hardcover book for $25 or free at The Legacy Project website, www.sos.wa.gov/heritage. (The hardcover book was printed with private funds.)

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Celebration launches book about late U.S. Rep. Jennifer Dunn

January 11, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 11, 2013

Leaders plan to gather in Newcastle on Saturday to honor the late Jennifer Dunn, a long-serving representative in Congress for Issaquah and other Eastside communities.

The occasion is the release of “A Woman First: The Impact of Jennifer Dunn” — a book about the trailblazing Republican’s career, life and legacy.

“Jennifer Dunn was a true trailblazer in Washington politics,” Secretary of State Sam Reed said in a statement. “Whether it was becoming Washington’s first female Republican Party chair or attaining a high leadership position in Congress, she reached impressive heights during her career.”

The book launch event is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Jan. 13 at The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane. The scheduled speakers include Reed, former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton, and radio talk show host and onetime gubernatorial candidate John Carlson.

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Editorial

October 30, 2012

Karen Porterfield for Congress

Issaquah Democrat Karen Porterfield is an excellent choice to represent the expansive 8th Congressional District.

In 2004, voters elected Republican Dave Reichert to succeed Republican Jennifer Dunn in Washington, D.C. Since then, Reichert has failed to distinguish himself in the U.S. House of Representatives and too often seems detached and unavailable from constituents at home. He does deserve credit for his work in Congress to expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

Following redistricting last year, the 8th District covers more ground, stretching from Auburn to Issaquah to Wenatchee. The change in the district is a good time to change representation.

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Change in geography alters landscape for congressional race

October 23, 2012

Karen Porterfield

Dave Reichert

The showdown in the 8th Congressional District is far different from the most recent contests for the seat.

Incumbent Republican Dave Reichert held on amid spirited challenges from Democrats in 2006, 2008 and 2010. Redistricting last year reshaped the landscape for the district, and the 2012 race is not attracting the same kind of attention — or money — as the earlier battles.

Reichert’s opponent is Issaquah Democrat Karen Porterfield, a nonprofit professional and adjunct instructor at Seattle University.

Porterfield grew up in Seattle, in a family active in Democratic politics, and settled in Issaquah more than a decade ago. She said the expertise she gained in affordable housing development and in leadership roles at nonprofit organizations means she could offer a unique perspective in Congress.

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King County Council raises deep-vein thrombosis awareness

March 27, 2012

King County Council members — led by Councilman Reagan Dunn — sought to raise awareness of a life-threatening condition March 19, and proclaimed March as Deep-Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month.

Dunn, a local representative on the council, sponsored the proclamation to honor his late mother, former U.S. Rep. Jennifer Dunn. The elder Dunn died in September 2007 from a pulmonary embolism caused by deep-vein thrombosis.

“In honor of my mother, I have worked across the country to raise awareness of this serious, yet preventable, condition,” Reagan Dunn said.

Jennifer Dunn, a former state GOP chairwoman, represented Issaquah and the 8th Congressional District in Washington, D.C., from January 1993 to January 2005.

Deep-vein thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot in a deep vein, most often in the lower leg. The clot can then break off and, if not treated immediately, move into the lungs and block circulation, creating a pulmonary embolism — a life-threatening condition. Pulmonary embolisms caused by deep-vein thrombosis claim up to 300,000 lives in the United States each year.

King County Council raises awareness of deep-vein thrombosis

March 20, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. March 20, 2012

King County Council members — led by Councilman Reagan Dunn — sought to raise awareness of a life-threatening condition Monday, and proclaimed March as Deep-Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month.

Dunn, a local representative on the council, sponsored the proclamation to honor his late mother, former U.S. Rep. Jennifer Dunn. The elder Dunn died in September 2007 from a pulmonary embolism caused by deep-vein thrombosis.

“DVT awareness continues to grow in the public realm, but more needs to be done so people understand the signs and symptoms of DVT and can reduce their risk,” Reagan Dunn said. “In honor of my mother, I have worked across the country to raise awareness of this serious, yet preventable, condition.”

Jennifer Dunn, a former state GOP chairwoman, represented Issaquah and the 8th Congressional District in Washington, D.C., from January 1993 to January 2005.

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Local councilman praises Norm Dicks as ‘a tireless and effective advocate’

March 2, 2012

NEW — 11:50 a.m. March 2, 2012

King County leaders praised U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks on Friday, after the 18-term congressman announced plans to retire in January 2013.

Dicks, a Belfair Democrat, earned a reputation as a champion of defense projects and environmental protection as the Washington congressional delegation’s longest-serving member.

“Thank you to Norm Dicks for a lifetime of service to Washington state,” County Councilman Reagan Dunn said in a statement. “Norm has been a tireless and effective advocate for his district and the state as a whole.”

Dunn represents South King County communities near Issaquah on the King County Council.

“On a personal note, I was honored to have him serve as a pallbearer at my mom’s funeral. They developed a strong bond while working together in Congress, keeping the interests of the state above the interests of their respective parties,” Dunn continued. “For that, I will always be grateful.”

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U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert relocates district office to Issaquah

February 28, 2012

U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert plans to open a district office in Issaquah after redistricting shifted the former office on Mercer Island into another district.

Dave Reichert

The GOP congressman plans to open a district office in a Southeast 56th Street office building uphill from East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast.

The relocation reflects a monumental change in the district Reichert represents. The redrawn 8th Congressional District stretches from Auburn in South King County to Wenatchee in Chelan County. The former district encompassed only communities in King and Pierce counties.

(The reshaped district goes into effect for the House of Representatives election in November.)

“We felt like Issaquah was probably the most accessible and easy to get to for both sides of the Cascades,” Reichert said in a Feb. 24 interview.

The district office employs seven staffers responsible for handling constituents’ questions related to Social Security entitlements, veterans benefits, immigration issues and more.

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King County Council proclaims Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 18, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 18, 2011

King County Council members declared October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month to recognize cancer survivors and people battling breast cancer.

Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, Issaquah’s representative, encouraged women to undergo regular screenings for breast cancer.

“The medical screening process is easy and fast and should be part of the regular health care routine for women older than 40,” she said after the council issued the proclamation Monday. “Early diagnosis and treatment has proven effective in saving lives.”

In addition to celebrating cancer survivors, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a reminder of the importance of annual mammograms and regular self-examinations.

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