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The King County Council is seeking approval of Proposition No. 1, which would provide funding for local parks, open spaces, trails, recreation, public pools, zoo operations, and an aquarium capital project. Renewing and replacing the County Parks levy is crucial for protecting thousands of acres of forest, investing in parks of all sizes, and expanding access to recreation and learning for underserved communities.
All children in King County deserve fun and safe places to play, and preserving our open spaces now will help combat climate change as well as protect air and water quality for generations to come. Proposition No. 1: Parks for All will cost the average homeowner less than $8 per month and will ensure King County's parks and other open spaces will continue to thrive. Vote yes on Proposition No. 1.
There are several good progressives in this race, including Preeti Shridhar, Sam Cho, Dominic Barrera, and Grant Degginger. Shridhar and Cho have earned the most support from our progressive partners.
Preeti Shridhar is a devoted environmental advocate who would bring decades of public affairs experience to the Port of Seattle, Commissioner Position 2. Shridhar has worked in a variety of relevant government positions throughout King County and is passionate about ensuring that the interests of all King County communities are represented. She helped launch the City of Seattle’s Climate Protection Initiative and worked to improve relations between immigrant communities and the City of Renton, where she now works. Shridhar is focused on building regional partnerships and creating good jobs at the port while protecting the environment.
Sam Cho, the co-founder of an international export company, is now running for Port of Seattle, Commissioner Position 2. He served on Gov. Jay Inslee’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and previously worked on trade issues for a member of Congress. As the son of South Korean immigrants, Cho is running to make the Port of Seattle work better for all people in King County, from reducing congestion at SeaTac Airport to supporting low-income families south of the airport who are impacted by noise and air pollution. He also wants to use the port as an economic engine to create opportunities for the county’s rapidly growing population.
Incumbent Fred Felleman is an environmental consultant and marine biologist. He is running to retain his seat on the Seattle Port Commission to continue fighting climate change and increasing the port's green energy jobs. He has been a leader on the commission in protecting orcas, publicly opposing the dangerous Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, and promoting transparency at the port while advocating for well-paying jobs. The port faced criticism following the Trump Muslim Ban when some protesters on the light rail were forced to skip the airport station. However, Felleman was among numerous leaders who released a statement condemning the ban and calling for an evaluation of the numerous government agencies’ response at the airport.
Felleman is being challenged by Garth Jacobson and Jordan Lemmon. Attorney Jacobson's priorities include pausing cruise line terminal growth until pollution cleanup efforts are further along, finding a way to eliminate the bus shuttles from the car rental facility, and installing availability lights in the airport parking structure. Lemmon is a theatre supervisor who was inspired to run to encourage voting and is using his campaign to engage the voter base prior to the 2020 election. He has no detailed campaign information available.
Felleman is the best choice for Port of Seattle, Commissioner Position 5.
Lamont Styles, a veteran and owner of a Federal Way barber school, is running for Federal Way City Council, Position 4. He has volunteered with organizations like his local PTSA and the Federal Way Youth Action Team. Styles' priorities include supporting youth mentorship, investing in entrepreneurship opportunities for local business owners, and addressing homelessness. He supports a housing-first approach to helping the unhoused followed by providing wraparound services like mental health counseling and chemical dependency treatment. He also supports developing a small-business incubation program and bringing a trade school to Federal Way to help community businesses thrive.
Styles is running against Deputy Mayor Susan Honda and Sharry Edwards. Elected in 2011, Honda currently serves on the Finance, Economic Development & Regional Affairs Committee, and is president of the women's organization Soroptimists International and incoming co-president of the local Kiwanis Club. Honda is focused on hiring a city administrator to run the day-to-day governmental needs of Federal Way. Edwards is a licensed practical nurse. Her platform includes creating more I-5 access points, fully staffing the police department, enacting business-friendly tax policies, and protecting parks.
While Edwards has earned the support of several prominent labor unions in this race, we believe Styles is the best choice for Position 3 because of his progressive platform and his commitment to improving community engagement with the Federal Way City Council.
Katherine Festa has worked as a Housing and Outreach Coordinator in the Department of Community and Human Services/Developmental Disabilities Division for 20 years. She is a founding member of the King County Native American Leadership Council. Her priorities including making sure that displaced businesses in Federal Way are relocated, updating city infrastructure, and ensuring that supportive housing with wraparound needs are available for those who need it, including veterans.
Festa's opponents in this race are incumbent Linda Kochmar and Tony Pagliocco. Kochmar has served on the Federal Way City Council for 14 years. She has also been mayor and deputy mayor and is a former Republican state representative. Kochmar is focused on fiscal responsibility, homelessness, and public safety. Tony Pagliocco works at Boeing as a product management leader. He is looking to build up the police force and "clean up the decay that is happening on our street corners." He wants to "clean up the city" to make it more attractive to businesses, and to enact ordinances against panhandling.
Festa is the best choice in this race.