Commissioner Bill Tracy, currently president of the Southwest Suburban Sewer District Board of Commissioners, has announced he will seek re-election to his board position this year.
Commissioner Tracy has worked diligently over the years to achieve reduced rates for those on fixed and/or low income, to bring timely rehabilitation to both the aging conveyance system and treatment plants, and to the maintenance of a quality system and responsive customer service all the while keeping the rates among the lowest in our area.
Much of this has happened through his selection and appointment of a cohesive team of commissioners and the hiring of highly qualified management. Both of the current commissioners have since been elected to office.
Commissioner Tracy has also been recognized regionally where he has repeatedly been selected by industry peers to serve on the King County Regional Water Quality Committee. The State Association of Sewer and Water Districts has also formally recognized his years of leadership.
“Washington once led the nation with the number of women in elected office, but in 2013 we’ve lost ground with only one woman in statewide office and women making up less than one-third of the legislature,” states Linda Mitchell, president of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington. “Electing women at the local level is key to creating a pipeline of exceptional and experienced candidates for future legislative, statewide and federal races.” (more…)
Burien City Council Candidate Marlene Allbright is being investigated by Washington State’s Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) after violating Washington State law by failing to to file a financial statement and a declaration of candidacy.
The following letter was sent to Burien Daily by Burien Arts Commissioner Andrea Reay on Monday, May 6, 2013 to announce her candidacy for the Burien City Council in the coming 2013 election.
It is time to move Burien forward, it is time for a fresh perspective, and it is time to announce my intention to run for Burien city council. Our city has become a micro chasm of the national political scene, where our leaders fail to produce the results we deserve as citizens. The inaction on the council and the public infighting has become more than just an embarrassment to our city. It has become a public relations problem that could potentially affect everything from our home prices to whether new businesses choose to do business in our city, and it is inexcusable. It is time to remember who your municipal leaders work for, it’s time to put the past behind us and move forward together to a brighter future.
I am not a politician, I am a working mother. My priorities have always been and will continue to be with my family, my friends and neighbors, ensuring we all have a safe and vibrant place to live our best lives. I will work actively to encourage business and development in town square and throughout the city to create good jobs and revitalize our local economy. I will do this by fostering relationships with like minded organizations, advocating for arts, cultural and heritage groups, creating partnerships and events that will increase our cultural footprint, thereby making Burien more of a destination city. I will focus on positive impacts that we can make now to improve our environment for us and for future generations by improving our storm water system. I will do this by increasing awareness, and access to education. I will promote a culture of transparency within the city in order to restore the trust and faith we need in our municipal leaders by increasing communication with citizens and empowering our advisory boards with more direct interaction with the council. But, most importantly, I will listen to you, my friends and neighbors. The time for playing political games is over; we need positive change and we need it now. (more…)
With a background of yellow Highline Public Schools buses and supported by officials from a dozen school districts, Gov. Jay Inslee stumped Thursday, May 2 in Burien for his education budget proposal that would raise revenues through cutting some business tax breaks.
The news conference was held at Highline’s transportation facility, next to the Puget Sound Skills Center.
Inslee has suggested adding an additional $1.2 billion into education by closing some tax breaks and extending existing taxes. The tax breaks Inslee has targeted would raise about $565 million, according to The Seattle Times.
In Burien, Inslee said the state cannot continue to cut social services to fund education.
“It is hard to educate a homeless, sick, hungry child,” Inslee declared. “We need to find another route.”
The governor said the primary duty of the state is to fund education but “not on the backs of seniors, the disabled and children.” (more…)
King County Elections is hosting two free workshops for those considering running for office in the upcoming 2013 election.
The 2 hour complimentary workshops will cover topics such as filing for office in King County, submitting local voters’ pamphlet information, voter lists and data management, campaign sign regulations and basic public disclosure information.
The workshops will be held Thursday, April 25 from 2 to 4 pm and Saturday, April 27 from 10 am to 12 noon at the King County Elections office in Renton.
Members of the public, candidates, campaign managers, treasurers, and staff are invited to attend the 2013 Candidate Workshops
Those interested must RSVP as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. (more…)
The Burien City Council voted 3 to 2 at their regularly scheduled meeting tonight, January 7, 2012, to appoint Councilmemeber Lucy Krakowiak as Deputy Mayor of the City of Burien.
The appointment came after a failed motion by Mayor Bennett to postpone the appointment because of the absence the Councilmembers Joan McGilton and Jerry Robison who were excused because of unspecified illness.
With a nomination of Lucy Krakowiak by Jack Block, Jr. and the nomination of former Deputy Mayor Rose Clark by Mayor Bennett, Krakowiak was appointed with the support of Block, Edgar, and herself. (more…)
Earlier this week, the House Democratic Caucus announced its committee structure for the upcoming session. State Representative Joe Fitzgibbon (D-Burien) will continue to serve as vice-chair of the House Local Government Committee.
The Local Government Committee considers issues relating to operations and financing of counties, cities, and certain special districts. The committee also considers matters relating to the State Environmental Policy Act, Growth Management Act, and land use issues.
“Making sure we keep our strong environmental protections in place will be one of my top priorities this session,” said Fitzgibbon.
Fitzgibbon was elected in November to the Deputy Majority Whip leadership position by his peers in the caucus. He’ll assist the Majority Whip – Rep. Kevin Van De Wege (D-Sequim) – in organizational matters such as member attendance, vote tallying, and mentoring new legislators on House processes and procedures. (more…)