â€œIâ€™m Running!â€ Dow Constantine Tells The B-Town Blog
by Mark Neuman
Metropolitan King County Council member Dow Constantine has made it official.
â€œIâ€™m running for King County Executive,â€ he said Monday (Feb. 16th) in an interview with The B-Town Blog.
â€œItâ€™s a real big step, and Iâ€™m hitting the ground running.â€
Dow has been on the Council since 2002. Just five weeks ago, he was unanimously elected by his colleagues as Council Chair.
Assuming current Executive Ron Simsâ€™ nomination to serve in the Obama administration is confirmed by the US Senate, the council will select a replacement â€œquickly, soon after a vacancy in the office becomes official,â€ Dow said.
â€œThe Senate vote is not expected to occur before the first week of March,â€ Dow said.
Dow favors selecting an interim executive â€œwithout political ambitions, but who has demonstrated managerial, budgetary and political skill.â€
â€œWe will strive to make the selection process open and transparent,â€ he said.
No matter who is selected to replace Sims on an interim basis, â€œthe most important issue ahead of us on the council is the passage this fall of the toughest budget ever,â€ Dow said. â€œAll of us on the council are keenly aware of the impact the current economic realities will no doubt have on the next budget.â€
Dow, who in the State House and Senate represented Burien and surrounding areas before joining the council, is proud of Burienâ€™s recent growth and development.
â€œIt is a joy to watch Burien grow as a city,â€ Dow said. â€œI am proud to have included a provision for funding the Burien Transit Center on the recent Sound Transit ballot measure,â€ which passed last fall.
The Burien â€œTown Center and Transit Center are great models for other cities in the region to follow,â€ he said. â€œWhite Center and Burien are positioned as priorities for future light rail expansion.â€
Dow promises more time for an in-depth interview with The B-Town Blog as the campaign progresses.
The only other announced candidate in the race for Executive is fellow Council member Larry Phillips.
For more information, hereâ€™s Dowâ€™s campaign website: www.dowconstantine.org.
You can also view his video announcement on YouTube here.