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June 28, 2009 at 3:07 PM

King County executive’s race: Phillips is the real green candidate

Phillips’ plan will create jobs, help environment

I believe Larry Phillips is the best candidate [“Larry Phillips, Dow Constantine woo enviro vote,” seattletimes.com, Politics Northwest, June 25] because he is promoting a holistically green movement that will better the environment and the economy. Phillips’ greenprint includes Sound Transit 2 projects, which will implement close to 69,000 jobs and advance the market for electric cars and expand waste-to-energy technologies.

All of these programs promote cleaner technologies that are new to King County — meaning they will create new opportunities for expansion and form many new jobs at the very least.

It is worthy to note that Phillips’ greenprint is moving further toward a holistic effort of environmental stewardship. Each item on his agenda will create a new market and capitalize on it for the benefit of King County and its residents.

— Jay Kaycee, Bellevue

Constantine may have endorsement, but not best greenprint

It is refreshing to hear about substantive issues from a King County executive candidate. Larry Phillips has quantifiable plans on how to preserve our beautiful county while creating green jobs (which Times’ reporter Keith Ervin fails to note).

Dow Constantine can sit on his endorsements, but until he stops berating Susan Hutchison and starts focusing on real solutions, it is clear that Phillips is most serious about engaging voters in real issues and not partisan pandering. It’s easy to slam an opponent who advocates intelligent design and supported Mike Huckabee, but Constantine should leave the Hutchison bashing to the bloggers.

Phillips’ greenprint shows his commitment to being a leader we can respect and count on for effective policymaking.

— Maggie Ryan, Seattle

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