City Government

Compiled by Ralph Nichols


The Times/News recently submitted questions to Highline-area candidates on the ballot in the Sept. 20 primary election.

These races include King County Sheriff, the Burien and Des Moines city councils, and tWater District 49 and the Highline Water District.

The candidates' responses appear below . An * by a name denoted an incumbent.

King County Sheriff


Burien residents are invited to learn more about their city at two community meetings that will be held in neighborhood schools.

These community meetings focus on the city's various programs and services, and not on any one topic.

A community meeting specifically on Town Square will be held Thursday, Sept. 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Burien City Hall.

The first meeting will be Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Hazel Valley Elementary School.

On Wednesday, Oct. 26, the second meeting will be at Sylvester Middle School, 16222 Sylvester Rd.


Dwight Pelz has spent the last eight years serving on the Metropolitan King County Council, but said he now wants to try his hand at the many "exciting decisions facing the Seattle City Council."

Besides the fact that Pelz' seat on the County Council is to be eliminated due to county downsizing, he said he is running for City Council because he says it is at the forefront of many of the important decisions being made that effect the direction of the city.

"I think you can sense from my energy that I like problems, I like discussing them and coming up with answers," he sai


Dean Wong

PELZ SAYS HE'S STRONGER LEADER. County Council member Dwight Pelz is giving up his seat to challenge City Council member Richard McIver.

If Seattle doesn't get the $2 billion approved by the Washington Legislature to help replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct, the city will tear down the deteriorating elevated highway anyway because it is unsafe, said Mayor Greg Nickels.

Delivery of the promised $2 billion hinges on continuation of the state gas tax. The Legislature passed a 9.5-cent gas tax increase to be phased in over four years. It would raise about $5.5 billion for 274 road and bridge projects around Washington.


Matthew E. Durham

NICKELS SAYS VIADUCT COULD BE TORN DOWN. Mayor says that could happen if people back the repeal of the gasoline tax increase approved by the 2005 Legislature. This file photo was taken when the mayor spoke at the opening of the Southwest Community center last May.

Robert Rosencrantz sees in his own neighborhood what happens when different levels of government don't communicate with each other and it's one of the reasons he's campaigning against Seattle City Councilman Richard McIver in the Sept. 20 primary election.

Rosencrantz lives in the Montlake area near Husky Stadium. State Route 520 runs east and west along the edge of the neighborhood.


When Al Runte is asked a question his demeanor is one of calm assurance that he knows the subject and exactly what he wants to say about it.

He appears exactly what he once was, a professor of history and environment at the University of Washington for much of the 1980s. Since then he has been an environmental consultant, historian and author.

Runte has never before been a politician, nor has he been an executive, yet he wants to be both by unseating strongly entrenched Mayor Greg Nickels this fall.


The Port of Seattle has lost its focus, said candidate for Port Commissioner Richard Berkowitz. He charged that the Port is focusing far too much on real estate and biotechnology, instead of maritime industry related functions.

"They (the Port of Seattle) are working from a business plan," he said.


There's been a lot of confusion and dismay in the last few weeks about the Seattle Monorail Project. It's been discussed in office hallways, in email and in coffeehouses all over the city and we've all been wrestling with the same question: What do we do next?

I would like to introduce a new group that we hope will be the answer to that question. We call ourselves 2045 Seattle.


Times/News Corespondent

Crime has increased over 25 percent in Des Moines since several police officers were laid off in 2000, Police Chief Roger Baker observed last week.

The city lost revenue in the wake of tax-limitation ballot measures that were passed by voters statewide.

"Initiative 695 was when the voters took aim at the state legislature, but the end result was they hit the city right between the eyes," stated Mayor Bob Sheckler.

I-695, also known as the "$30 License Tab Fee Initiative," which was passed in 1999, reduced motor vehicle ex


Independent candidate for King County Council, District 4, Ed Pottharst, said he admits he doesn't have all the answers to the diverse transit, maintenance and education problems afflicting Ballard and other neighborhoods. But he believes that by working together with community groups and other organizations, the issues can be resolved.

"Accessibility is the key to success," he said in an interview last week.