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Dow Constantine

Dow Constantine

PO BOX 16285

SEATTLE, WA 98116

(206) 249-9217

info@dowconstantine.com

dowconstantine.com

Education: University of Washington: BA, MA Urban Planning, Law; West Seattle High School
Occupation: King County Executive; former Councilmember, Senator, Representative; Attorney; Planner
Statement:

When COVID-19 arrived here, I took decisive action and led with science, saving thousands of lives. The New York Times reported that had America followed our lead “the nation could have avoided more than 300,000 coronavirus deaths.” Today, King County has the highest vaccination rate among large counties nationwide. As we continue battling this stubborn pandemic, I’m bringing that same clarity and resolve to the toughest challenges—homelessness, public safety, climate action, and uniting our region for an economic recovery where everyone can thrive.

 

We are taking bold action on homelessness, purchasing hundreds of hotel rooms and moving hundreds of chronically homeless people off the streets this year, with the services to restore lives. Through Best Starts for Kids, we’ve kept 10,000 children and families safely housed. This crisis, worsened by the pandemic, requires proven ability to drive actual change. 

 

We’re improving public safety—and public trust: Gun violence prevention, aid to victims of domestic violence, and community collaboration improving safety and appointing a new sheriff. We’re helping kids stay in school, graduate, and avoid the criminal legal system—driving down youth detention nearly 10-fold.

 

Urgent action on climate—I’ve led regional light rail expansion, made Metro the Best Large Transit Agency in North America (2018), and launched conversion to all-electric buses. We’ve protected miles of forests, farmlands, and shorelines; and planted over one million trees.

 

Progressive, visionary leadership—that’s why I’m endorsed by Governors Inslee, Gregoire, and Locke; 40 Democratic legislators; Planned Parenthood; Washington Conservation Voters; Alliance for Gun Responsibility; MLK Labor; SEIU; UFCW; Nurses, Firefighters, and Building Trades unions; the Seattle Times; and diverse community leadership. My parents—retired public school teachers—taught me values of service and community. Shirley and I are raising our daughter in the same West Seattle neighborhood where I grew up.

 

Joe Nguyen

Joe Nguyen

PO BOX 23037

SEATTLE, WA 98102

(206) 801-0219

hello@meetjoenguyen.com

www.meetjoenguyen.com

Education: Bachelor’s in Finance/Humanities, Seattle University; Kennedy High School in Burien
Occupation: State Senator, 34th Legislative District & Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
Statement:

After 12 years of current leadership failing to solve our biggest problems like homelessness, it's time for change. As we recover from this pandemic, we need an Executive who understands how hard working families in King County have struggled to make ends meet -- even before this crisis. I’m the son of refugees from White Center, and worked as a janitor at my own high school. Despite great adversity, I built a successful career in the private sector and now I represent my community in the State Senate.

 

We can build a brighter future for every family in King County. We can build a community where everyone has a safe place to call home, every senior can age in place with dignity, and every parent can provide for their kids. We can achieve all of this, if we have an Executive who will act with the urgency needed to actually solve problems.

 

For years, the communities I grew up in haven’t gotten the same investments to support working people that made my success possible. As a result, residents of South King County got sick and died from COVID-19 at twice the rate of those in other parts of the county. Those deaths were preventable, if County leadership had prioritized every community’s safety. 

 

The pandemic wasn’t the first crisis where our current leadership neglected working families who have been pushed out of their neighborhoods. The status quo has given us 12 years of unaffordable housing, longer commutes, inaction on climate change, and worsening gun violence in our communities. We need bold solutions implemented with transparency and accountability, and I have the private and public sector experience to get things done. 

 

Endorsements: State Treasurer Mike Pellicciotti and other elected leaders, ATU 587, IUPAT DC 5, UAW 4121 and local Democratic Party organizations.

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