I first met Matt Williams when I was a Seattle University law student. He not only taught me how to be a trial attorney, but also how to be a compassionate and ethical attorney. I’m proud to join Mr. Williams’ many former students who now live and practice law throughout the United States in supporting his candidacy for district court judge here in South King County.
On Nov. 2 one of the most critical elections of our history will take place. It is so important for each of us to exercise our right of voting and choosing our leaders. In the 47th District, we can do our part to reverse what one party rule has done to our state – businesses leaving, high taxes and fees and representatives who have not listened to us.
As a mother of three children, I support Pat Sullivan for state representative because I want the candidate who cares, as I do, about my children’s success. Pat has been involved in education issues here in the 47th Legislative District and in Olympia for over 18 years. He has been a long time PTA volunteer and is a father of three daughters in the Kent School District, one of whom graduated recently. He takes the time to listen to parents, teachers and administrators and reaches across the aisle in bringing solutions to our education problems.
We need Matt Williams as our next King County District Court judge. I have known Matt Williams personally and professionally for more than 20 years. He has earned my personal and professional respect as a member of our community and as an attorney.
Support David Tracy for district court position
Please join me in voting for David Tracy for King County District Court SE No. 6 position. I worked with David Tracy for about 15 years as his legal assistant and I know him very well.
There are many good things about the area school systems, but the whole Washington education program leaves a lot to be desired. This year the party in control again cut tens of millions of dollars from the K-12 education budget as well as from state university programs.
Meanwhile, in spite of studies that have shown the 45 year Head Start program has been a $166 billion failure, they established a whole new bureaucracy called the Department of Early Learning.
Every election cycle we send the same representatives back to Olympia who, it can be accurately predicted, will increase the budget, proclaim there is a budget deficit and find a way to raise taxes.
This year two of our incumbent representatives voted to suspend the voter initiative that required a two-thirds vote to increase taxes or ask the voters for their consent. One incumbent received cover from the Senate because they didn’t need the vote. They all then voted for the increased budget that cut millions from education funding while claiming to be the “champions of education.”
The Valley Girls and Guys is made up of the most dedicated, motivated, committed individuals you could ever meet. On Sept. 24, 86 walkers (girls and guys) set out on an amazing journey together. Prior to the three day (60 miles) walk, this team fundraised, trained and played together. The team raised over $204,000 that went directly to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Last Monday night (Oct. 4) our City Council dug a new $800,000 hole and proposed to fill it by increasing the utility tax to the maximum of 6 percent. That doubles the tax rate which currently is at 3 percent. The entire $800,000 will now be used to increase the Maple Valley Police Department by adding five new officers and giving a $6,000 reclassification to one employee and no portion will be available for other shortfalls.
I commend Dr. Aaron Heide for fulfilling his fiduciary responsibility to the tax payers of Public Hospital District No.1 in questioning the propriety of, and the board’s impartiality, in approving what I consider an unsupportable bonus package, Resolution 929, for Valley Medical Center executive staff, paid for from public tax dollars. As a tax payer in Public Hospital District No.1, I likewise have questions.
It is rare in today’s political arena to find a person of Pat Sullivan’s character and make-up. He certainly would be the last person to tell you as he is an extremely humble man. He is that superman who is sent in to help rescue education and issues for the common man. Yet, similar to the character of superman, he hides in normal clothing and blends in with all his fellow colleagues.
I disagree with some of Ryan Ryals comments in his article “Tea Party doomed to the dustbin”, which came out Aug. 27. First of all, I saw photos of the 500,000 plus people of all race and religious backgrounds who attended a nonviolent rally in Washington D.C. Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., gave an inspiring speech to the crowd which included many tea party members.
We thank 8th District Rep. Dave Reichert, Republican, for his support of full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
The Backcountry Horsemen are supportive of the LWCF, and we urge Rep. Reichert to vote for legislation that fully funds the LWCF next time the issue comes before him.
A writer recently characterized Rodrigo Yanez, a candidate for 47th District Legislature, as “new to the area”. The implication possibly being he lacked the experience to be our next legislator. Mr. Yanez has lived in the 47th district for nearly 20 years, before Covington was incorporated. He has been a small business owner for that entire time bringing jobs and revenue to the Washington economy.
The Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council regular monthly meeting was Sept. 13. The three topics discussed were King County Department of Development and Environmental Services (DDES) improvements, Black Diamond master planned developments applications approval and Ravensdale Ridge project comments.