I would like to express my appreciation for each of you who voted in the recent Bellevue City Council election. It was a close race with a difference of less than .67% in spite of being outspent almost 3-1. Whether you were one of the 14,434 who supported my candidacy for Council Position 4, or you were one of the 14,627 who voted for my opponent, your participation was vitally important in guiding the future direction of our city.
The fact that only 46 percent of registered voters actually voted in the race is disappointing for many reasons. Even more amazing is that of the 33,000 who voted a ballot in Bellevue over 4,000 of them did not vote in our race. Local elections set the tone for government decisions which affect all residents directly and personally. Local elections foster healthy debate over important local issues, helping voters to understand different aspects and nuances of issues that affect their homes, families, jobs and neighborhoods.
I feel good about the issues and concerns that we raised during my candidacy – particularly the need for open and ethical decision-making based on community interest and the common good. I trust that my opponent will hear and respect the message carried by nearly 50 percent of the voters, and I wish him the utmost success in his role as a Bellevue City Council Member. I can promise my continued involvement in support of the City and community, and I encourage other Bellevue residents to join me in getting involved as voters and participants in their local government. Every person, every vote, and every good idea make a difference!
Have a safe and happy holiday season,
We are still fighting the good fight! The final result of the election is still up in the air at this point. But I want you to know that – win or lose – we have already succeeded in focusing public attention on important community issues. After November has come and gone, our months of hard work will pay off in future years as the City Council recognizes the need for more responsible leadership. Because of the issues we raised, I believe that elected officials will face the City’s challenges knowing that you expect fair and honest deliberations, transparent decision-making, and government that listens and responds to all people.
I believe that our campaign also succeeded in focusing attention on other community priorities:
- The need for a high level of public safety – adequate funding for essential fire and police protection along with the siting of a downtown fire station;
- Collaboration to complete the East Link light rail project on schedule, within budget, and with adequate mitigation for neighborhood impacts;
- Transportation improvements that meet actual community needs for safe and efficient travel throughout Bellevue;
- Protection for our natural environment, and support for parks and open spaces;
- Neighborhood livability – refocusing attention on neighborhood needs and supporting city services and partnerships that respond to those needs;
- Creative solutions to human service needs, including affordable housing for the families of people who work in Bellevue;
- Economic vitality – not only for downtown, but for our neighborhood businesses.
As a member of the Bellevue City Council, or as a private citizen, I will continue to support these objectives in the months and years ahead. I invite you to join me in working to maintain a safe, beautiful and livable community with an open and honest government that aims for the common good of the people of Bellevue.
I thank you for your confidence in me. And I thank you for your commitment to our community.