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July 2, 2009 at 4:00 PM

County executive’s race: Youth voice their support

Constantine is a green leader

Let’s face it: On the issues, the Democratic candidates for King County executive are very similar. However, even though I can’t yet vote, I can tell that Dow Constantine is the best candidate because of his experience and passion.

As a member of the state Legislature and the County Council, Dow Constantine has been a leader on environmental and mass transit policies, introducing the first climate-change legislation in the state and championing light-rail expansion. He was a primary supporter of last year’s Sound Transit 2 expansion package.

To me, the most important thing about Constantine is that he sincerely cares about these issues. I have gotten a chance to meet some of the other candidates for county executive, but while they seemed to be in the race for political gain, it has always been clear to me that Constantine is in it for the people of King County.

As a high-school student, the decisions being made right now will affect my life far into the future, and I know he will make the right ones. I hope you join me in supporting Constantine for King County executive in the primary election Aug. 18.

— Alex Jonlin, Seattle

Phillips’ greenprint will create jobs

Hearing candidates running for King County executive say that cutting program X will solve all our problems is insulting to voters’ intelligence.

Everyone must not forget that the county’s unemployment rate has more than doubled since last year and people are hurting. As a local undergraduate facing the reality of a tough job market, it is refreshing to hear about King County Councilman Larry Phillips’ greenprint plan [“Larry Phillips, Dow Constantine woo enviro vote,” seattletimes.com, Politics Northwest, June 25], which would create good-paying green jobs that cannot be outsourced.

Phillips is talking about hiring thousands of our region’s talented architects, engineers and other professionals to build on the foundation that Link Light Rail is starting and make the place we all call home a greener but still thriving county.

I am appalled at the path the debate is going and hope that those who wish to lead this county out of the mess it’s in to follow Phillips’ lead and start developing creative and substantive proposals instead of simple sound bites and partisan politics. Voters frankly deserve better in an election that most chose to be nonpartisan.

— Adam Tanga, Kent

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