by Mark Neuman
Metropolitan King County Council member Dow Constantine has made it official.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m running for King County Executive,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said Monday (Feb. 16th) in an interview with The B-Town Blog.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a real big step, and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m hitting the ground running.Ã¢â‚¬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 SimsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ nomination to serve in the Obama administration is confirmed by the US Senate, the council will select a replacement Ã¢â‚¬Å“quickly, soon after a vacancy in the office becomes official,Ã¢â‚¬Â Dow said.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Senate vote is not expected to occur before the first week of March,Ã¢â‚¬Â Dow said.
Dow favors selecting an interim executive Ã¢â‚¬Å“without political ambitions, but who has demonstrated managerial, budgetary and political skill.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We will strive to make the selection process open and transparent,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said.
No matter who is selected to replace Sims on an interim basis, Ã¢â‚¬Å“the most important issue ahead of us on the council is the passage this fall of the toughest budget ever,Ã¢â‚¬Â Dow said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“All of us on the council are keenly aware of the impact the current economic realities will no doubt have on the next budget.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Dow, who in the State House and Senate represented Burien and surrounding areas before joining the council, is proud of BurienÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s recent growth and development.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is a joy to watch Burien grow as a city,Ã¢â‚¬Â Dow said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am proud to have included a provision for funding the Burien Transit Center on the recent Sound Transit ballot measure,Ã¢â‚¬Â which passed last fall.
The Burien Ã¢â‚¬Å“Town Center and Transit Center are great models for other cities in the region to follow,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“White Center and Burien are positioned as priorities for future light rail expansion.Ã¢â‚¬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, hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s DowÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s campaign website: www.dowconstantine.org.
You can also view his video announcement on YouTube here.