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Voters did right thing with strong support for parks | Editorial
County voters did the right thing Tuesday by approving money for King County parks. Not only that, they did it with a resounding 69 percent “yes” vote. Those who follow politics call that a “landslide” victory.
The vote has additional significance given the recent recession that has hit everywhere, because the new six-year levy will cost voters a bit more on their property tax bill. Perhaps voters are now ready to pay the price for things they consider important.
Lending credence to that is the column on this page by Jerry Cornfield, a columnist for The Reporter’s sister paper in Everett, The Herald. Cornfield says the state transportation bill that died in the last hours of the recent legislative session might not be dead after all. Republicans are embarking on a statewide tour to see what transportation fixes people want and need – and how much they are willing to pay. A new bill could be passed later this year in a special session.
As Issaquah and Sammamish voters noticed, the primary election ballot was pretty light. In the county executive race, Dow Constantine’s 76 percent of the vote should make him a shoe-in for re-election. Likewise, Stephanie Bowman getting 66 percent of the vote in a three-person field makes her the odds-on favorite to fill the Port of Seattle Commissioner, Position No. 3 seat.
It will be a bit more exciting in November.
Issaquah will choose between city council members Fred Butler and Joe Forkner for its next mayor. And they’ll pick either Lisa Callan or Alison Meryweather for the Director District No. 4 seat on the Issaquah School Board.
In Sammamish, Kathleen Huckabay and Larry Wright will vie for Council Position No. 1.