Voters pick county park bond, contenders for November election

August 13, 2013

King County voters approved the county park bond by a large margin and narrowed the field for the general election in November.

Votes will still be counted until the Aug. 20 certification, but as of the night of Aug. 6, the park bond passed with 68.9 percent of the vote.

For the owner of a $600,000 home, it will bring a tax increase from $79.86 per year to $112.62 per year, a 41 percent change. The levy will raise $60.7 million in 2014, which will be used for open space preservation, trail building and park improvements.

Since the current park bonds will expire at the end of this year, the King County Council sent a new six-year measure to the voters with a vote of 7-2. Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, representing Issaquah, Sammamish and Snoqualmie in District 3, and Councilman Reagan Dunn, representing Newcastle, Renton and parts of Issaquah in District 9, voted against it.

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Three candidates compete for 9th District council seat

July 30, 2013

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.

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