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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.
There are two strong candidates in this race: incumbent Councilmember Doris McConnell and CRISTA Ministries General Counsel David Chen. We lean towards McConnell because of her strong record on the council.
Shoreline City Councilmember Doris McConnell was named president of the Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials from 2015 through 2016 and has been very active in Shoreline schools, including serving in multiple positions on the Shoreline PTA. While on Shoreline City Council, McConnell has served as deputy mayor and on the Regional Water Quality Commission.
McConnell is running for another term to continue revitalizing Shoreline Place and reduce homelessness using supportive housing and other policies that prioritize efficiency and dignity. While Chen is running a strong campaign, McConnell's endorsements from current Shoreline council members and her strong record on the council give her a slight edge.
David Chen is running a strong campaign for Shoreline City Council, Position 4. He is emphasizing tackling homelessness, developing the economy, and improving the sidewalks and public gathering spaces in the community. His plan to address affordable housing for seniors and workers is based on his experience serving on the board of Vision House, a homelessness nonprofit. Chen also wants to create more living-wage jobs by developing training programs at Shoreline Community College and bring new businesses to the city.
Also in this race is Virginia "Ginny" Scantlebury who is running on a platform of "tough love" for addicts, reducing property taxes, and making sure people in Shoreline feel heard.
Chen and McConnell are the best choices in this race. We lean towards McConnell because of her strong record on the council.