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Executive

Dow Constantine

Dow Constantine

PO Box 16285

Seattle, WA 98116

(206) 937-3694

info@dowconstantine.com

www.dowconstantine.com

Education: University of Washington BA, MA Urban Planning, JD; West Seattle High School
Occupation: King County Executive; former Legislator; Attorney; Planner
Statement:

Whether you just arrived here, or your family has lived here for generations, this is your place. You belong here. My work as Executive for our dynamic, growing region is dedicated to the idea that every one of us should be able to fulfill our potential and, in doing so, give back to the community that made it possible. Here, in King County, we have what it takes to make the American promise of equal opportunity and boundless possibility real for all people.

The voter-approved Best Starts for Kids helps young families through some of life’s toughest challenges, nurturing the next generation and keeping kids on a path to success. Investing in prevention and alternatives, we reduced youth incarceration 75% over 20 years. Partnering with Planned Parenthood, we increased access to women’s health, and reduced teen pregnancy countywide by 55% in just eight years.

Growth brings opportunity, but also challenges. To restore mobility I’ve led investments like rebuilding the South Park Bridge, expanding passenger ferry service, and extending Sound Transit light rail north, south, east and west. To protect the Northwest we love, I’ve held the line on sprawl, preserved farmlands and forests, set ambitious targets to save our remaining open space, and fight the threat of climate change.

​We’re tackling​ ​the​ ​homelessness​ ​and​ ​housing​ ​crises​ ​through​ ​immediate​ ​investments​ ​in affordable​ ​housing,​ ​emergency​ ​shelter​ ​with​ ​innovative services​,​ ​and​ ​targeted​ ​tax​ ​relief​​ ​for​ ​low​-​income​ ​seniors. An expanded Veterans, Seniors and Human Services levy reflects our belief that no one who served our country, and no one who built this region, should become homeless.​

I love this place where I was raised, and where we’re raising our little daughter. I’m determined to keep it prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable for generations to come, and would appreciate your vote.

Bill Hirt

Bill Hirt

2615 170th SE

Bellevue, WA 98008

(425) 747-4185

wjhirt2014@gmail.com

www.stopeastlinknow.blogspot.com

Education: BS and MS Engineering Iowa State University
Occupation: Retired after 36 years at Boeing
Statement:

My candidacy is to attract attention to my blog http://stopeastlinknow.blogspot.com exposing Dow Constantine’s Sound Transit Board plan to spend $54B on “Prop 1 and Beyond” light rail extensions that will do absolutely nothing to ease area’s congestion.

 

They made a monumental blunder when they chose to route the extensions through the DSTT, limiting capacity to 8880 riders per hour rather than a second tunnel. Whatever riders the extensions attract along I-5 will reduce current transit ridership. Their increased operating cost with no increase in capacity is a recipe for a financial “black hole” from fare-box revenue shortfall

 

They compounded that blunder by choosing to use half the capacity to confiscate the I-90 Bridge center roadway rather than an extension to West Seattle. They did so despite FHWA stipulation they maintain the center roadway for vehicles with R-8A lanes added to outer roadways, inevitably creating future gridlock.

 

They plan to spend $3.6B, having closed P&R lots ending transit access for many, devastating the route into Bellevue and doing nothing to ease I-90 corridor congestion, for light rail with less capacity than 50 buses.

 

They could have eased congestion years ago attracting thousands more transit riders adding parking with access to BRT routes along limited access lanes on both corridors. On I-90 they could’ve added outer roadway lanes for non-transit HOV and BRT on center roadway. The 10,000 vehicles an additional 100 bus routes could’ve replaced on both corridors would only be the beginning.

 

They could’ve added thousands of parking stalls each year for access to BRT for a fraction of what they’ll spend on light rail. It would’ve increased transit riders, they only way to reduce congestion.

 

My goal is to convince those with the power to “persuade” Sound Transit to do what could’ve happened do so.

 

 

 

 

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