[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written and submitted by a verified resident. It does not necessarily reflect the opinions of South King Media, nor its staff.]
For years, the looming presence of Dow Constantine has cast a shadow over the city of Burien. From his controversial push for the DESC project, where he applied relentless pressure on the Burien Council to pass it, to his meddling with the powers of the Burien Police, who fall under the jurisdiction of the King County Sheriff, Constantine’s influence has been undeniable.
But it seems that Constantine’s overreach may have finally caught up with him. In the current Burien city council election, he threw his weight behind two far-left candidates, Cydney Moore and Patricia Hudson. However, to his dismay, both candidates are facing a resounding defeat, trailing behind even another far-left candidate, Krystal Marx, whom Constantine curiously chose not to endorse. It appears that the people of Burien have finally realized that Constantine’s preferred candidates do not align with their local interests, and they are making their voices heard at the ballot box.
This revelation extends beyond just the political realm. The SEIU and the Transit Riders Union, who have often found themselves in lockstep with Constantine’s agenda, are experiencing a similar fate. As Constantine continues to shower his endorsements upon far left candidates, it only serves to strengthen the resolve of the local residents, who now have a clear guide on who to vote against.
So let us welcome Constantine’s endorsements with open arms, for they have unintentionally become a beacon of truth, guiding us towards candidates who truly represent the interests of our beloved Burien. The tide is turning, and the people are reclaiming their power.
– John White
White asked us to add this postscript:
“In the primary I supported Cydney Moore but then she refused to support the camping ban so I openly dropped my support. I donated to her opponent, plus I encouraged Cydney to not run, explaining to her that her passion is helping the homeless. I even encouraged her further by donating to help her create a non-profit to help the homeless. In the elections just held, I supported Akey, Andrade and Schilling, not Cydney. I am pleased with the election results. Cydney can now go do what she is passionate about. We remain friends even though we disagree on some things. I will continue to support the Burien Severe Weather Shelter, of which Cydney works hard for. With regards to her camp, well I support anything that will lead to granting our police department the legal right to get the homeless off Burien streets – as long as it’s drug and alcohol free. I know to sum this up seems like mixed messaging but it’s not. It’s common sense. To the NIMBY’s I’d say “wake up, it’s in our backyards now and until we deal with the issues it will always be in our backyards.” Just go to Ambaum and 120th and observe. I also say to the NIMBY’s – “what is your plan and what are you doing to help with compassion and understanding?” I donated to fund a non-profit to help the homeless but I am not a member or officer of this non-profit, nor did I pick the site or church they selected. I have zero say in their decision making. My goal was to provide Police Chief Ted Boe the legal authority to enforce the camping ban. The only way that happens is if Burien opens a sanctioned shelter. Someone would have to run it and it might as well be Cydney Moore because that’s what her passion is.”
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