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Dow Constantine
Party: This is a non-partisan race, but I am a life-
Residence: Seattle
Contact: (206) 484-7921
E-mail: info@dowconstantine.com
Website: dowconstantine.com
Occupation: Chair, King County Council

Experience: 2002-Present: King County Council; Council Chair since January 2009 2000-2001: WA State Senate; Vice-Chair, Ways & Means and Judiciary Committees 1996-1999: WA House of Representatives; Co-Chair, Judiciary Committee 2000-Present: West Seattle High School Foundation, Founder, Vice-President 2000-Present: Stone Soup Foundation, Board Member, Former President 1998-2005: Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, Board Member 2002-2004: ArtsWest, Board Member 1996-2001: West Seattle High School Alumni Association, President 1995-1998: West Seattle HelpLine, Board Member 1992-1998: Allied Arts of Seattle, Trustee

Education: Master's Degree, Urban Planning, University of Washington, 1992 Law Degree, University of Washington, 1989 Bachelor's Degree, Political Science, University of Washington, 1985 West Seattle High School, 1980

What makes you the best candidate for executive?
I offer a real record of reform, a focus on regional cooperation, and the vision to lead King County forward. I have never hesitated to take on the tough issues... and I have the scars to prove it! So I am not intimidated by the problems we face, nor by the campaign we must wage to bring my message of focus and change to voters across King County.

What should the county do to better prevent and respond to flooding in South King County?
I represent the entire Duwamish River Valley from the middle of Tukwila north, including many flood-prone areas. I voted to create the Flood Control District, to protect lives, property and our economy throughout King County. And I have proposed legislation to have the Flood and Ferry Districts explore loaning ferry capital reserves to the Flood District, to accelerate the construction of both long-term and interim flood protections in advance of winter storms.

What further measures would you support to keep the county budget balanced?
We cannot ask taxpayers for more without proving that we are making the most efficient use of what we have. I will end programs that no longer work, reform those in need of improvement, and invest finite resources for maximum value. Example: We must transfer some Mental Illness/Drug Dependency taxes to preserve existing, effective Mental Health and Drug Courts. The measure of effectiveness is not spending more dollars, but getting more for each dollar spent.

Personal Statement:
My family arrived here at the turn of the last century seeking opportunity. We owe future generations a government that protects quality of life and the opportunity to prosper. We must clear the debris of that which is no longer working, perfect that which is, and create an effective, 21st-century government. I want to set the foundation for a new prosperity - with real transportation choices, responsible preservation of our environment, and genuine regional leadership.

Susan Hutchison
Party: Non-Partisan
Residence: Seattle
Contact: 206-337-0014
E-mail: contact@susanhutchison.com
Website: SusanHutchison.com
Occupation: Executive Director -- Non-Profit Foundation

Experience: King County Elections Task Force (2005) Children's Hospital Board (1993-2008) Seattle Symphony Chair (2006-2009) Governor's A+ Commission on Education Subcommittee (1990s) Salvation Army Advisory Board (1990s) NCAA Committee on Compliance for UW (1990s)

Education: Bachelor of Science, Journalism, University of Florida, 1975.

What makes you the best candidate for executive?
I solve problems and fix things, and King County needs fixing. I bring experience in the public, private, for-profit and non-profit sectors: more than 20 years as a TV News Journalist and 6 years as founder and Executive Director of a $100 million arts and sciences foundation. Because I am not a career politician, I can bring new leadership to this office. I will work together with all groups towards real solutions.

What should the county do to better prevent and respond to flooding in South King County?
This is a high priority for me as the instability of the Howard Hansen Dam poses a real threat. I have already met with south county mayors and the interim executive to discuss their efforts. All must work together with the federal government to prevent loss of life and property, holding Army Corps of Engineers responsible to avert a breach of the dam abutment or the levies.

What further measures would you support to keep the county budget balanced?
A recent state audit of King County government revealed a lack of accountability, unnecessary cost overruns, and inadequate internal safeguards -- we will root out that waste and inefficiency. We are going to reduce government overhead so more of your tax dollars goes to programs and services. To increase tax revenues we will improve the tax and regulatory climate so small business can grow jobs and help turn around the local economy.

Personal Statement:
When Ron Sims appointed me to the King County Elections Task Force in 2005, we discovered serious leadership flaws within King County government. These problems will not be solved by the same career politicians who created them, but rather with new vision and new direction. Working together is my commitment which is why I am endorsed by Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna, Democrat State Auditor Brian Sonntag and Independents throughout the county.