King County Council Names Finalists for District 1 Position

The council has 60 days to appoint someone to the seat.

The King County Council has recommended three finalists to fill the open District 1 seat left by  as state attorney general.

King County Executive Dow Constantine on Tuesday recommended Shoreline City Councilman Will Hall, 32nd District Rep. Cindy Ryu and Seattle attorney Rod Dembowski as the finalists to fill the seat. District 1 includes large portions of Kirkland.

“Each of these nominees has the experience, qualifications, and knowledge of the issues facing the county to serve the people of District 1 well,” Constantine said in a statement. “I again want to thank members of the Citizens Advisory Committee for reviewing the applications and narrowing the field for this significant appointment.”

The King County Council has 60 days to make the final appointment from the date the position becomes vacant on Jan. 16. The appointee will serve until certification of the next general election in November.

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Art Valla January 16, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Hmmm... What we decidedly do not need is another "Seattle Centric" representative on the KC Council. Bob was bad enough. I am not quite sure he actually knew where Kenmore is. Now that the rest of Finn Hill is in District 1, we need to make sure we get good representation. One of Bob's repeated failings was that he always rides the bus. More than 90% of the people in District 1 commute by automobile. We need someone that faces the same daily challenges as the rest of us. Riding the bus occasionally is OK, but without spending mucho hours sitting in traffic behind the wheel, it is easy to begin to think stupid thoughts. Bob is a prime example of a smart guy that lost touch with the rest of us.
Art Valla January 16, 2013 at 09:30 PM
One of the best things our new representative can do is advocate for moving the county seat out of Seattle. 60 years ago, when 67% of the people in King County lived within the boarder of Seattle city limits, Seattle was the optimum choice. That is no longer the case - the situation has reversed. Today, only 1/3 of King County residents live in Seattle. 2/3rds of King County residents are not residents of Seattle and many, more than half, never go to Seattle. And it is going to get worse. According to Sound Transit, more than 1,000,000 new people will come to King County in the next 15-25 years. Like the last 1,000,000 newcomers, the vast majority (90%) will settle on the Eastside or in the south end. We need a representative that looks to where the future is, not looking to the past. If our new representative has not been to Carnation, Issaquah, Hobart, or Enumclaw in the past month, they are not the right choice for the job. If their daily commute doesn't involve a drive down SR522, they are no the right choice for the job. One of their most pressing problems is going to be a North-South Eastside commuter rail line. If this person doesn't know ALL the details of the BNSF right-of-way, then they are the wrong person for the job.


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