Candidates receive boost from Municipal League of King County

July 10, 2012

Issaquah candidates for the Legislature received top marks from the Municipal League of King County, as the nonpartisan organization ranked candidates a little more than a month before the Aug. 7 primary.

The league ranks candidates through a rigorous process during each election cycle. The ratings provide a tool for voters — plus fodder for candidates’ campaign mailers and websites.

Evaluators scrutinize candidate records, check references, review candidate questionnaires and interview the electoral hopefuls. The league rates candidates on a set of criteria: involvement, character, effectiveness and knowledge.

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Issaquah candidates receive boost in Municipal League rankings

July 2, 2012

NEW — 1 p.m. July 2, 2012

Issaquah candidates for the Legislature received top marks from the Municipal League of King County, as the nonpartisan organization ranked candidates a little more than a month before the Aug. 7 primary.

In the 5th Legislative District, state Senate candidate Mark Mullet and state House of Representatives candidate Chad Magendanz impressed Muni League evaluators.

Mullet, a Democrat and Issaquah City Council member, earned a very good rating from the group. The league ranked Mullet’s GOP opponent, Snoqualmie businessman Brad Toft, as good.

Magendanz, a Republican and Issaquah School Board member, received a coveted outstanding rating from the Muni League.

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Municipal League honors King County Library System, elected officials

April 3, 2012

NEW — 8 p.m. April 3, 2012

Efforts to help people find jobs, learn English and grow small businesses earned the Issaquah-based King County Library System a top honor from the Municipal League of King County.

The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization recognized the library system as Organization of the Year, and also honored King County Executive Dow Constantine and local state Sen. Steve Litzow, in the 53rd Annual Civic Awards.

Each year, the Municipal League and the Municipal League Foundation present the honors to highlight people and organizations for significant contributions to the community. Organizers plan a Thursday ceremony to honor the recipients.

Constantine earned the James R. Ellis Regional Leadership Award for years of public service, efforts to bring a culture of performance to county government, completion of major projects and improved relationships among the county and other jurisdictions.

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Redrawn King County Council map includes minor changes for local residents

November 22, 2011

The citizen panel responsible for redrawing King County Council districts kept Issaquah in the same district. Contributed

King County’s reshaped political map keeps Issaquah in the same County Council district, even as the citizen panel responsible for the updated map made significant changes elsewhere.

In a unanimous decision Nov. 15, the council-appointed King County Districting Committee approved the updated boundaries. The reshaped map is effective immediately, although the impact of the changes might not be evident until after the 2012 elections.

Issaquah remains in Councilwoman Kathy Lambert’s District 3. The committee kept the rural communities south of city limits in Councilman Reagan Dunn’s District 9, and swapped some unincorporated areas southeast of Issaquah between districts 3 and 9.

The committee’s decision followed a 10-month process, after members collected ideas and input from the public in meetings throughout the county.

Overall, more than 80 people testified and more than 160 offered written comments during the once-in-a-decade process. The committee also reached out to elected officials in the county’s 39 cities and state legislators for insight into communities.

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Redistricting panel OKs reshaped King County Council districts

November 17, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 17, 2011

King County’s reshaped political map keeps Issaquah in the same County Council district, even as the citizen panel responsible for the updated map made significant changes elsewhere.

In a unanimous decision Tuesday, the council-appointed  King County Districting Committee approved the updated boundaries. The reshaped map is effective immediately, although the impact of the changes might not be evident until after the 2012 elections.

Issaquah remains in Councilwoman Kathy Lambert’s District 3. The committee kept the rural communities south of city limits in Councilman Reagan Dunn’s District 9.

The committee’s decision followed a 10-month process, after members collected ideas and input from the public in a meetings throughout the county.

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Meet statewide candidates at Eastside Candidate Forum

October 18, 2011

Though the focus in the November election is on local races and statewide initiatives, voters can preview the candidates on the 2012 ballot at the Eastside Candidate Forum.

The forum is 9 a.m. Oct. 22 at The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane.

The candidates for governor — U.S. Rep Jay Inslee, a Democrat, and state Attorney General Rob McKenna, a Republican — plan to attend.

Citizens can also hear from the candidates vying to replace McKenna as the state’s top law enforcement officer, King County councilmen Reagan Dunn, a Republican, and Bob Ferguson, a Democrat. (Dunn represents Newcastle and rural areas south of Issaquah on the council.)

The event is not a debate. Under the format, the candidates appear individually and can speak for up to 15 minutes.

The golf club, the Municipal League of King County and the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce partnered to produce the forum. In the past, the Newcastle forum has hosted county, congressional and state candidates.

King County Council honors former Issaquah mayor

August 31, 2011

A.J. Culver (center), former Issaquah mayor, holds certificate from the King County Council after members recognized him for a long public-service career Monday. Contributed

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 31, 2011

King County Council members honored former Issaquah Mayor A.J. Culver on Monday for important contributions in public service.

The council recognized Culver for service as mayor, on the Municipal League of King County and Harborview Medical Center boards, and as a representative to the county Citizens’ Elections Oversight Committee.

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Municipal League seeks volunteers to rate candidates

May 31, 2011

Help the Municipal League evaluate candidates as campaign season readies for fall frenzy.

The league is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to accountable, effective and open government. The organization needs volunteers to serve as members of candidate evaluation committees.

The groups include people of diverse ages, backgrounds and political philosophies to evaluate people running for local offices in King County.

Submit applications at www.munileague.org by June 3. Call 206-622-8333 to learn more.

Municipal League ratings attempt to answer a fundamental question for voters: How well could the candidate do the job?

Volunteers dedicate a few weeknights in June and July to research, interview and rate candidates. Volunteers must also refrain from active involvement in campaigns or political parties during the election season, and must step aside from the ratings process if they have connections to any candidate.

The league bases a candidate’s rating on four criteria — knowledge, involvement, effectiveness and character — as well as his or her potential to serve the community.

The goal is to provide voters with a nonpartisan view in order to make informed choices in the primary and general elections.

Help the Municipal League rate local candidates

May 26, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. May 26, 2011

Help the Municipal League evaluate candidates as campaign season readies for fall frenzy.

The league is a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization dedicated to accountable, effective and open government. The organization needs volunteers to serve on candidate evaluation committees.

The groups include people of diverse ages, backgrounds and political philosophies to evaluate people running for local offices in King County.

Municipal League ratings attempt to answer a fundamental question for voters: How well could the candidate do the job?

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Muni League honors transit group, councilman

February 1, 2011

King County Executive Dow Constantine congratulated Issaquah Councilman Fred Butler and other members of a transit task force last week for receiving a prestigious honor from the Municipal League of King County.

The recommendations from the 28-member Regional Transit Task Force represent a potential roadmap to long-standing differences related to Metro Transit bus service. The group released the report to county leaders in November.

The group has received the James R. Ellis Regional Leadership Award for the effort, the Municipal League announced Jan. 27.

“We asked 28 local leaders to set aside arbitrary political divisions and come up with transit recommendations that meet the needs of the entire county, and they exceeded all expectations,” Constantine said in a statement. “That takes real leadership, and I’m pleased to see their hard work and vision recognized by the Municipal League.”

The award honors individuals and organizations for contributing significant leadership in tackling regional public policy problems. The league recognized task force members for efforts “to clarify and organize the priorities and implementation processes for local transit during a time of budget reductions.”

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