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May 6, 2013 at 12:21 PM

King County update: Ryu undecided, Constantine quietly raising cash

Metropolitan King County Council member Rod Dembowski was appointed in February to a vacant seat, so now he’s defending his position in the fall election. And it looks like he might have an easier time than he expected. State Rep. Cindy Ryu, a popular Shoreline politician, was a finalist for the appointment and planned to run for the seat after the County Council selected Dembowski.

Ryu said today she is undecided whether she’ll seek the council seat after all. She has not been raising any money, even during the break between the Legislature’s session and special session. “It probably puts me at a huge disadvantage,” she said, noting that she thinks it’s best to stay focused on the Legislature’s work. A third finalist, Will Hall, has decided to run for re-election to the Shoreline City Council instead.

Meanwhile, King County Executive Dow Constantine is preparing to kick off his re-election campaign comfortably with $357,999 on hand as of the end of April, according to his consultant, Christian Sinderman.

Constantine has raised a total of $641,196, and has drawn only one opponent: Alan Lobdell, a civil engineer whose campaign website details his entire life in detail, including his divorce and two bankruptcies.

Lobdell writes that the county is wasting money on workplace sensitivity training: “Why is King County spending so much time teaching sensitivity and diversity classes?  …  This is not a productive use of time and the money from your taxes that funds it needs to be used more wisely!”

Meanwhile, Metropolitan King County Council member Reagan Dunn is facing a challenge in his rural district from Newcastle Realtor Shari Song, who is new to politics. Song’s campaign seems to have some momentum, reporting almost $70,000 raised at the end of March. Dunn lost his bid for the state attorney general in the fall. He had raised nearly $200,000 at the end of the last reporting period.

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