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November 14, 2013 at 10:06 AM
King County Executive Dow Constantine and his longtime partner Shirley Carlson got married Oct. 31 in a private ceremony. King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu presided in the county’s largest courtroom, just after dusk, the executive said.
Constantine, who turns 52 tomorrow, met Carlson when they were University of Washington students and DJs on the University of Washington radio station, KCMU. They bought a West Seattle house together about 10 years ago.
“When it became clear that I was going to be elected to a second term, it seemed like a good time to take the plunge,” Constantine said.
King County is still counting ballots today, but Constantine has won nearly 80 percent of the votes tabulated so far. He served as a state legislator and King County Council member before taking the helm of the county, and has political ambitions at the state or federal level.
Carlson is a strategic planner in the fashion industry with a background in branding and marketing.
November 5, 2013 at 7:03 AM
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: King County Executive Dow Constantine was elected to a second term tonight, leading Alan Lobdell 78 percent to 22 percent in tonight’s initial returns.
ORIGINAL POST: King County voters today will decide whether to re-elect County Executive Dow Constantine or replace him with tea party candidate Alan Lobdell.
Constantine’s first four years in office have not been controversial, as he has worked mostly internally to reform how the county is managed. Lobdell raised little money and had few specific criticisms of Constantine’s first term.
September 13, 2013 at 4:44 PM
King County has hired another well-regarded city of Seattle staffer. County Executive Dow Constantine announced today he hired Adrienne Quinn, former director of Seattle’s Office of Housing, to lead the county Department of Community and Human Services.
Quinn replaces longtime director Jackie MacLean, who is stepping down at the end of the year.
While Quinn was director of the city’s housing department for five years, voters approved a $145 million housing levy, and the Seattle City Council expanded a program called “incentive zoning,” where developers can build higher buildings if they agree to provide affordable housing.
Quinn worked for Mayor Mike McGinn for one year before she left to work for a national housing nonprofit. She is the executive director of the Medina Foundation in Seattle.
She was one of several former Nickels department heads to endorse Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess for mayor before he dropped out of the race this summer. In July, she donated $200 to the mayoral campaign of Sen. Ed Murray.
Constantine has plucked quite a few city employees off the city payroll onto his own. He made former Seattle City Light Chief of Staff Sung Yang his chief of staff, and hired away the city’s budget director, Dwight Dively, when he took office.
September 3, 2013 at 10:21 AM
Declaring that “our state’s transportation challenges are not going away,” Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday morning that he will call a special session for November to deal with the issue — if lawmakers agree on a package that can pass.
But the Democratic governor provided few details about how that might happen just a few months after the Republican-run state Senate rejected a package last session.
In a Seattle news conference with King County Executive Dow Constantine, Inslee called on lawmakers to “step up to the plate.”
Constantine said “the consequences of continued delay are unacceptable,” citing looming 17 percent Metro Transit cuts that could eliminate 65 bus routes, among other impacts.
A transportation package approved by the state House last session could have helped stave off those cuts by giving local governments the option of a 1.5 percent vehicle renewal fee. It also would have raised the gas tax by 10 cents to fund road projects.
The package didn’t gain traction in the Senate, in part over concerns about funding for the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) project.
On Tuesday, Inslee said the CRC should not necessarily block a new package because he and Oregon officials are exploring other options to fund it.
Inslee promised a bipartisan push for the package.
“There are no bridges that are either Republican or Democratic,” he said.
Later this month, Senate leaders are planning to embark on a “listening tour” to six cities to talk transportation with residents.
August 6, 2013 at 8:37 PM
King County Executive Dow Constantine breezed through Tuesday’s primary election with 76 percent of the vote. Civil engineer Alan Lobdell was leading the challengers with 12 percent of the vote counted Tuesday, while Everett Stewart had 7 percent and Goodspaceguy 4 percent.
The top two vote-getters advance to the November general election.
There were few surprises in the Metropolitan King County Council races.
In the District 9 race, Eastside Councilmember Reagan Dunn and real-estate broker Shari Song are headed to the general election in November. Dunn held a strong lead with 56 percent of the vote while Song tallied 35 percent in results counted Tuesday. The third candidate in the race, Kristina Macomber, had 9 percent.
For District 1, the newest council member, Rod Dembowski, will go up against Naomi Wilson in the fall. Dembowski had 69 percent of the vote, while Wilson had 24 percent and John Fray 6 percent.
June 28, 2013 at 3:42 PM
By Staff Reporter Colin Campbell
The parking lot of the Bellevue Burgermaster was filled Friday morning with people hungry, not for burgers, but for state transportation funding.
A coalition of local elected officials and businesspeople gathered at the fast food joint near I-520 to again urge the state Senate to pass a $10 billion transportation tax package that would fund local roads, bridges and transit services.
After a drawn-out process, state legislators Thursday reached a tentative $33.6 billion two-year budget to avert a government shutdown. One likely point of argument in the transportation bill will be the inclusion of a light rail in the Columbia River crossing. Senate Republicans oppose funding the light-rail line, which they say is a waste of potential road space.
The theme of the Friday news conference — “moving ahead together” — was clear, and the handful of speakers who took the podium didn’t miss the opportunity to directly compare the state economy to a road, requiring investing and upkeep.
King County Executive Dow Constantine, thanked the Democrat-controlled state House of Representatives for approving the package, which includes a 10-cent gas tax increase, a $20 vehicle fee increase and a 1.5 percent MVET renewal fee. He called on the Senate, which has a Republican majority, to do the same, asking them to “join us and get on the bus and pave the way to prosperity.”
Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis cited his credentials as a fiscal conservative and said the bill isn’t so much about spending money as it is about investing it. He said the coalition of groups was encouraging and sending a clear message.
“It is good fiscal sense,” Lewis said. “We need to have the partnership we see here before us. I’ve talked to labor; I’ve talked to businesses; I’ve talked to the cities. Cities from the east side to the west. The farmers in Yakima need this to happen just as much as the people in downtown Seattle.”
“We call on that one more step of bold leadership from our senators to represent us and to move our state forward,” he added.
Bob Donegan, president and CEO of Ivar’s restaurants, put the need in more concrete terms. He said one of his truck drivers used to be able to make three trips to and from the company’s Mukilteo facility in Snohomish County, where its chowder is made, but because of worsening traffic, he now can only make two.
Put simply, Donegan said, “If we want chowder, we have to have a transportation bill.”
Organizers said they chose Burgermaster for the 20-minute event because the backdrop, a loud bridge construction site, perfectly illustrated the importance of transportation investment. Maud Daudon, president of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, who emcee’d the conference, thanked the various groups represented, as well as the burger restaurant for hosting it.
But one Burgermaster waitress, looking on from inside, wasn’t amused at the choice of location.
“It’s frustrating,” she said, gesturing to the group through one of the restaurant’s windows. “It’s a business, not a banquet hall.”
May 6, 2013 at 12:21 PM
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.
December 21, 2012 at 4:22 PM
Five applicants have been recommended by a citizen panel to fill the Metropolitan King County Council seat of Bob Ferguson, who was elected state attorney general in November.
Rod Dembowski, Will Hall, Cindy Ryu, Keith Scully and Chuck Sloane are the applicants. They were selected from a field of 13 candidates by a 13-member citizen panel created by County Executive Dow Constantine.
Dembowski is a Seattle lawyer, Hall a Shoreline City Council member, Ryu a state representative, Scully a Shoreline Planning Commission member, and Sloane the county’s deputy ombudsman. All are Democrats, like Ferguson.
Under state law, Constantine must now recommend three candidates to the county council, which will pick one to serve the rest of Ferguson’s term this year. An election next year will determine who serves a full four-year term in Ferguson’s District 1, which includes northeast Seattle, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Bothell and parts of Woodinville and Kirkland.
Constantine’s citizen panel members: George Allen, co-chair, Metropolitan Seattle Chamber of Commerce; Kathe Fowler, co-chair, Washington Environmental Council; Susan Boundy-Sanders, Woodinville City Council; Sam Chung, attorney; Dave Freiboth, King County Labor Council; Beretta Gomillion, Center for Human Services; Michael Hatzenbeler, PROVAIL; Karama Hawkins, attorney; Behnaz Nelson, Local 17 Professional and Technical Employees; Ken Noreen, former president Shoreline Public Schools Foundation; Mian Rice, Port of Seattle; Dwight Thompson, former member Lake Forest Park City Council; Javier Valdez, Seattle City Light.
December 5, 2012 at 11:22 AM
King County officials are preparing for hundreds of same-sex couples to descend on their downtown Seattle administration building to get marriage licenses as soon as same-sex marriage becomes legal at 12:01 a.m.
The line will start forming outside the building, at 500 4th Ave., sometime before 10 p.m., when officials say they will start handing out numbered tickets to couples.
“We really expect it to be a festive atmosphere,” said Cameron Satterfield, a county spokesman. “This is marriage. It’s one of the few happy things that we get to do in government.”
More than 80 members of the media have requested credentials to cover the event, including national outlets like MSNBC.
County Executive Dow Constantine has pledged to sign the marriage licenses for the first couples, who were selected by the LGBT community. Then the rest will trickle in 10 at a time to do the roughly 10 minute licensing process.
The county Recorder’s Office will be opened for extended hours, from midnight until 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. It will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
Couples are asked to complete the form ahead of time and also bring a photo ID and $64 in cash or check.
Couples are required to wait three days after obtaining a license to actually get married. More than 140 of them have signed up to get married during a special event for same-sex couples Sunday at City Hall.
How are you celebrating the legalization of gay marriage? Share your wedding or engagement photographs and stories (from this weekend or whenever your ceremony occurred) to this special Seattle Times project.
December 4, 2012 at 1:57 PM
Thirteen candidates have applied to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Metropolitan King County Council, the county announced Tuesday.
The applicants, all North King County residents, are hoping to succeed District 1′s Bob Ferguson, who will be sworn in as the state’s attorney general Jan. 16. An advisory committee appointed by Executive Dow Constantine will narrow the candidate pool, and the council ultimately will fill the spot from a group of three finalists he recommends.
The deadline for applicants was 5 p.m. Monday.
In alphabetical order, they are: David Baker, mayor of Kenmore; Dennis Behrend, Kenmore bond agent and teacher; Tiffany Bond, former Woodinville parks and recreation commissioner; Rod Dembowski, Seattle attorney; Chris Eggen, Shoreline City Councilman, Ken Goodwin, Woodinville Water District Commissioner; Will Hall, Shoreline City Councilman; Bob Ransom, former Shoreline City Councilman, Cindy Ryu, Shoreline state representative; Keith Scully, Shoreline planning commissioner; Sarajane Siegfriedt, Seattle party activist; Chuck Sloane, chairman of board of Municipal League of King County; and Naomi Wilson, grants specialist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Most of the candidates are Democrats, as District 1 is traditionally Democratic.
The King County Democrats’ executive board chose Dembowski as its top choice at a meeting last week. The group identified Hall and Ryu and its second and third choices, respectively.
Whoever is ultimately appointed by the council will serve until a general election next November.
Ferguson beat fellow councilman Reagan Dunn for state attorney general last month.
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