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April 11, 2018
Dunn to Congress: Support Mountains to Sound Greenway
“It’s our job to preserve this belt of natural area, especially with the remarkable growth our region is undergoing for future generations. I’d like to thank Congressman Reichert for his continued leadership and hard work on behalf of this important legislation.”  

April 9, 2018
King County Council Recognizes National Library Week
“The King County Library System plays a vital role in our community and we are honored to recognize National Library Week to show our gratitude and support for their dedication.”  

April 2, 2018
Bill Boyce appointed to King County Children and Youth Advisory Committee
“Bill has been involved in the lives of children for decades, through both the school district and the Rotary. He has made an investment in the kids of Kent and South King County and that experience will be invaluable in deciding how the levy funds should be used to help young people and their families.”

March 26, 2018
Council approves upgrading emergency system that serves Enumclaw
“Citizens deserve the best public safety infrastructure available. Today’s vote is an important step in that direction.” 

March 22, 2018
Bill focused on preventing newborn abandonment signed into law 

March 12, 2018
Council sends Levy for Automated Fingerprint Identification System to Ballot
“County voters will have the opportunity to continue supporting a system that protects our communities.”

March 6, 2018

Baby Kimball Tragedy Spurs Newborn Surrender Legislation
“Tragedies like what happened to Baby Kimball must never occur again. This bill will allow us to more effectively communicate existing protections to at-risk populations. It’s good policy and it’s the right thing to do.”

March 5, 2018
Seattle’s World Cup Bid Gains County Support
“King County would be a great place to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Our incredible Seattle Sounders have provided a great fan base and I would encourage our local jurisdictions to support this opportunity to boost and grow our local economy.”

February 7, 2018
Community Service Area Awards--Issaquah/Maple Valley/Renton 

February 5, 2018
Leann Krainick unanimously reappointed to the King County Agriculture Commission
“Leann has been a long-time member of the agricultural community on the Enumclaw Plateau and I am very pleased that she has agreed to continue to serve the county in this important role.”

January 31, 2018
Projects in Newcastle, Enumclaw get King County youth-amateur sports grants
“When these projects are implemented, residents in Newcastle and Enumclaw will have more opportunities for recreation and increased access to outdoor education.” 

January 29, 2018
County Council recognizes ongoing work to end Human Trafficking 
“King County offers resources to victims of human trafficking that can be accessed throughout our region. It’s our hope that in working to promote awareness of this heinous crime we’re able to reach someone in need.” 

January 22, 2018
Maple Valley resident David Pilgrim reappointed to serve on King County Landmarks Commission
“I’m glad to sponsor’s David’s reappointment to the King County Landmarks Commission. David’s had a key role in developing the future of Maple Valley and done a great job working to protect our region’s past.”

January 16, 2018
Dunn Statement on the passing of Gov. John Spellman
“Our state is a better place because of his service.”

December 29, 2017
Lucy, Bella head the list of King County’s Top Pet Names
“If you’re introducing a new pet to the family this holiday season, in addition to all the other necessities you’ll need to welcome them into your home, don’t forget a pet license. It’s easy to purchase one, it brings you additional piece of mind, and it’s the right thing to do.”

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December 12, 2017
County Council acts to protect users on County Trail System
“This legislation is an extra precaution to ensure the safety of our trail users.”

November 21, 2017
Road Safety Improvements planned for Fairwood Community
“Ensuring the county is using its limited resources to invest in the safety of our roads is one of my top priorities.”

November 6, 2017
King County will help fund restoration of Historic Fire Lookout
The funds will go towards building a brand new lookout tower for visitors to Pinnacle Peak to experience the iconic view of Mt. Rainier and the surrounding area.

November 6, 2017
Improvements Coming to Issaquah Hobart Road Traffic Timing
The budget addition will fund the King County Road Services Division’s installation of traffic monitoring that will allow remote traffic light timing adjustments.

November 6, 2017
Statement on Mass Shooting in Texas
“All people deserve to feel the utmost level of safety, especially at their place of worship. We condemn this despicable act of violence.”

November 3, 2017
New York City Terror Attack Spurs Action at County Council
“It is deplorable that terrorists are attacking innocent bystanders with cars and heartbreaking that we as a nation have been put in a position where it’s necessary to take these precautions.”  

October 31, 2017
Project to restore Historic Fire Lookout will receive King County funds
“I’m glad to be able to support this community effort to rebuild the Pinnacle Peak Fire Lookout. This fire lookout will be a great addition to the Enumclaw area and I look forward to seeing how this project progresses.”

October 31, 2017
Improvements to Issaquah Hobart Road Traffic Timing included in King County Budget
“I’ve heard from many residents and I know first-hand from sitting in traffic how congested the Issaquah Hobart Road Corridor is. This interim solution is a good step forward to work to improve traffic with our limited resources.”

October 31, 2017
Maple Valley Resident to serve on Civil Rights Commission
“Shontrana Gates-Wertman’s experience as an attorney for Washington state and her work to help individuals overcome social and economic barriers will add valuable expertise to the Commission. She is well qualified to represent District 9 on the King County Civil Rights Commission.”

October 23, 2017
Volunteering for justice: County Council celebrates Pro Bono Week
“Recognizing Pro Bono week highlights the importance of providing legal representation to those in our community most in need. I’d like to thank the attorneys in our region who dedicate their time and talent for the benefit of others and encourage others to participate in this worthy cause.”  

October 9, 2017
Agreement between Renton, King County on historic buildings is good news for taxpayers
“This is about saving money for the taxpayers. As more cities contract with the county for landmark services, it reduces the total costs for everybody.” 

October 2, 2017
Three Councilmembers Release Joint Statement
“As citizens across this nation and world react to the tragedy in Las Vegas, we ask fellow residents of King County to join us in donating financial support to provide relief to the victims and families of this horrific act of violence.”  

September 27, 2017
Dunn delivers retired Metro van to Enumclaw Senior Center, thanks staff and seniors for all they do
“Considering all the support they provide in helping older adults stay active and independent, the Enumclaw Senior Center and its counterparts in the area are undervalued. They make an important difference, but so much of what they do is behind-the-scenes.” 

September 27, 2017
Old Public Health Clinic to become new Renton Technical College Health Sciences Facility
“This legislation isn’t glamorous but it’s a great example of how King County works to use resources effectively in partnership with the local community.”

September 25, 2017
Dunn introduces legislation to preserve existing wetland
“Preserving open space allows citizens to enjoy the natural resources of our communities and protects habitat for wildlife.” 

September 21, 2017
Dunn presents retired Metro Van to Black Diamond Community Center
“This van, that will transport those who visit the Black Diamond Community Center, now has a second opportunity to provide for King County residents.” 

September 18, 2017
New Fairwood open space approved by King County Council
“I look forward to continuing to work with King County Conservation Futures to preserve these properties for both the local Fairwood community and for the larger Cedar River Watershed.”  

September 14, 2017
Dunn delivers retired Metro Van to Students of Tahoma School District’s Transition Program
“It is wonderful to know this van will continue to provide a valuable service and help students learn invaluable skills.”

September 13, 2017
Kent School District Teacher Nominated to Library System Board of Trustees
“I am happy to sponsor Ms. Grad’s appointment to the Library System Board of Trustees and look forward to seeing how she works to serve the residents of King County during her term.”  

September 12, 2017
County Councilmembers Partner with Doug Baldwin, Renton to support Family First Community Center
“I am glad to have helped secure funding to support the vision of the Family First Community Center facility and its role in the Greater Renton Community.” 

September 6, 2017
Dunn to Congressman Reichert: “Thank you for your service”
“To you Dave: you have done a great job and I am very proud to call you my friend.” 

September 1, 2017
Open house to hear about upcoming trail developments in the Eastside Rail Corridor
“Opening this interim trail will be a valuable addition to the Renton area and I look forward to seeing what the finalized trail will look like.”
August 30, 2017
Dunn secures retired Metro Van to CryOut! Renton Non-Profit
“I’m glad to have been able to match CryOut! with a retired Metro Van. This donation will support Renton youth and insures this county resource has a second opportunity to serve residents of King County.”

August 28, 2017
Dunn sponsors legislation for new Fairwood open space
“I look forward to working with the community and King County Conservation Futures to preserve these properties for both the local Fairwood community and for the larger Cedar River Watershed.” 

July 27, 2017
Dunn Encourages Fairwood Area Residents to Apply for Sound Transit Citizen Committee
“When it comes to Fairwood, ST3 missed the mark. If Fairwood residents are now expected to pay for its construction, it’s crucial that we have a citizen voice on the oversight committee.”

July 24, 2017
New careers for “retiring” County employees
“Repurposing retired Metro vans is a win-win. This program both maximizes County resources and allows community organizations to better serve residents.” 

July 13, 2017
Royalty welcomes fairgoers to the 155th edition of the King County Fair
“It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to participate in the tradition of presenting the first tickets to the youngest generation of fairgoers.”  

June 26, 2017
Dunn: Heroin injection sites only in cities that choose to establish the sites
“If we are to gamble with this experimental policy I am at least glad we are giving local jurisdictions the chance to decide whether the location of these sites would be right for their residents.”

June 26, 2017
County Council approves funds to increase emphasis patrols in unincorporated King County
“I heard concerns about traffic enforcement from residents of unincorporated King County over and over again at my annual town hall meetings. Increased visibility by the Sheriff’s office in unincorporated King County will help keep our children and our community’s safe by reminding drivers to obey traffic laws.”

June 14, 2017
Bill focused on preventing newborn abandonment passes out of State Senate
“Washington State Law already protects the safe surrender of newborns, this bill would just allow us to more effectively raise awareness about those protections to at-risk populations.” 

June 13, 2017
Get the Popcorn Ready! Dates set for King County’s Summer Family Movie Nights
“These movie nights are a great opportunities for neighborhoods to connect and families to enjoy a night out in some of King County’s wonderful parks.”

June 12, 2017
Enumclaw receives funds to secure future of King County Fair
“I am proud to be able to support the King County Fair, and want to express my support for the City of Enumclaw and the Enumclaw Expo Center for their work in keeping this vital tradition alive and well.”  

May 22, 2017
Vicki Olson’s commitment to preserve and celebrate the past recognized by Councilmember Dunn
“I am happy to award this Medal of Distinguished Service to Vicki Olson. Vicki’s tireless work to capture the history of Newcastle is not only admirable but reminds us all the value of preserving the past for future generations.”

May 22, 2017
County and Issaquah collaborate on Traffic Solutions on Issaquah-Hobart Road
“I am hopeful the results of this study can help us work to improve traffic on this important regional corridor. With the financial constraints placed on the Roads Services Division we’ll have to work creatively with our regional partners to find solutions to traffic congestion.”  

May 8, 2017
Honoring Service and Sacrifice, County Council recognizes Police Week
“I have a deep respect for the work law enforcement officers do and feel it’s more than fitting that we in turn honor the service of those officers who have fallen in the line of duty.” 

May 3, 2017
Legislation increasing representation on King County Library Board signed by Governor Inslee
“The King County Library System is now in a better position to serve the ever changing needs of our growing region.” 

May 1, 2017
Councilmember Reagan Dunn’s Statement on the passing of Mike Lowry
“I had the privilege of getting to know Governor Lowry and consider him a friend. I appreciate his hard work and contributions to our state and region.”

April 24, 2017
King County Library Board to better represent diversity of region
“This is a ‘good government’ bill that seeks to improve how the King County Library System serves the ever changing needs of our growing region.”  

April 17, 2017
Council adopts review of Emergency Response Plans for Dams
“This study aligns with the core mission of the King County Flood Control District, to protect people and property. I look forward to seeing the results of the study and working with my colleagues to continue to improve our regional emergency action plans.” 

April 10, 2017
County Council fills vacancies in District Court
“Matthew York and Jason Poydras will both serve Southeast King County well. The King County District Court plays an integral role in our criminal justice process and so I’m glad we as a council are appointing well qualified judges today.”  

April 6, 2017
King County honors local service in the “War to End all Wars”
On the 100th Anniversary of the U.S. entering WWI, Councilmember Reagan Dunn, Councilmember Rod Dembowski, local veterans and family members of those who served, gathered at the King County Courthouse to unveil plaques honoring King County and City of Seattle employees who served in WWI. The plaques are located just outside of the 4th Avenue entrance to the Courthouse.

April 6, 2017
Dunn recognizes Enumclaw resident’s service in the “War to End all Wars”
In recognition of the 100th Anniversary World War I and in memory of the King County and City of Seattle employees who then left their families, jobs, and lives to serve our nation, King County Council Vice Chairs Reagan Dunn and Rod Dembowski unveiled two refurbished bronze plaques at the entrance of the King County Courthouse.

April 6, 2017
Dunn recognizes local service in the “War to End all Wars”
“In the face of danger and discomfort, far away from home, our troops fought for our country and for freedom. King County will never forget that sacrifice, and these rededicated plaques serve as a physical reminder of that commitment.”

March 27, 2017
County and Issaquah collaborate on Traffic Solutions on Issaquah-Hobart Road
“I look forward to the results of this study and learning how we can work to improve traffic on this important regional corridor under a constrained financial environment.”  

March 8, 2017
Jensen Reappointed to Harborview Board of Trustees
“Lisa Jensen has served residents very well, and I am glad to support her reappointment. Her work has helped Harborview Medical Center remain a national model for public health efforts, and I am grateful for her service.” 

March 6, 2017
Dunn reappointed to County leadership for 2017
“I take my job seriously and appreciate the confidence my colleagues placed in me while working for good solutions last year. I’m honored that they have chosen to reappoint me as Vice Chair of the Council.”

March 6, 2017
Effort to Honor Veterans on 100th Anniversary of America’s Entry into First World War
“These names represent husbands, wives, brothers, and daughters who served our country. I look forward to the unveiling this renewed piece of our region’s history.”

March 6, 2017
County Council Women’s History Month proclamation recognizes, celebrates the challenges and contributions of women
“I feel it’s important that we celebrate the many accomplishments women have made in order to encourage the younger generations of women in our region to continue to break barriers.” 

February 24, 2017
Projects in unincorporated communities to receive county grants
Five community projects in unincorporated communities in District 9 will receive funding from the King County Community Service Area program.

February 22, 2017
Community projects to receive county grants

February 13, 2017
Council Adopts the Eastside Rail Corridor Trail Master Plan
The Metropolitan King County Council approved the next step in making the Eastside Rail Corridor a reality through the passage of the ERC’s Trail Master Plan. The Eastside Rail Corridor (ERC) is the former BNSF rail line that runs through the linear heart of the Eastside.

February 13, 2017
Lands that Doreen Johnson worked to protect will now carry her name
“This recognition honoring all the great work Doreen Johnson has done over the years is long overdue. Doreen’s service as a leader, advocate, and educator are greatly appreciated and serve as an example of service to one’s community for others in the future.”

January 17, 2017
Enumclaw Fire Department” sent to County Council
“Enumclaw is more than just the City of Enumclaw. Residents on the Enumclaw Plateau as well as the City of Enumclaw say they’re from Enumclaw. This name change not only has practical value in reducing confusion but also better suits the community’s identity.”

January 9, 2017
County Council recognizes ongoing work to end Human Trafficking
“King County recognizes Human Trafficking Month in order to create awareness about the many resources available to victims throughout our region. It is my hope that even a simple reminder of this tragic problem might make the difference in someone's life.”

January 5, 2017
Kuderer and Slatter fill vacancies in State Legislature
“I had the privilege of getting to know Vandana while serving as one of the City of Bellevue’s representatives on the King County Council. Her energy and intelligence will be a great asset to people of the 48th and the Washington State House of Representatives. I look forward to continuing to work with her and Patty Kuderer on our shared goals.”

December 30, 2016
Bella and Lily Top the Most Popular Pet names in King County
“Licensing your pet not only helps to protect your pet if it ever becomes lost, it also helps fund the life-saving work of Regional Animal Services of King County. Our pet registry awareness efforts contributed to a 10 percent spike in animal registrations last year. I’m hoping to see similar results this year.”  

December 2, 2016
Sheriff Urquhart, Council Vice Chair Dunn unveil memorial for fallen Sheriff Deputies
“I hope this memorial serves as a reminder of their work and as a way to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.” 

November 17, 2016
Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast Study funded through King County Budget
“As a Council we had a lot of tough decisions to make throughout the budget process. I am glad we were able to include funding for this important study even with the serious constraints to the roads fund.”  

November 15, 2016
Covington Transit, Parks, and Youth to benefit from Adopted County Budget
“I felt that maintaining funding for the Air Support and Marine Rescue Units was a top priority despite the tough decisions we as a Council had to make during this budget process. I’m also grateful to have had the opportunity to advocate for funds that will support good causes throughout southeast King County.”

November 14, 2016
Commitment to public safety, homelessness and transportation highlight King County Budget
“As a Council, we had a lot of tough decisions to make during this budget process. I’m thankful this budget will continue to support the lifesaving work of the Air Support and Marine Rescue Units and grateful to have had the opportunity to advocate for funds that will support great programs throughout southeast King County.”

November 14, 2016
Newcastle and Bellevue Parks and Programs to benefit from Adopted County Budget
“The Sheriff’s Office supports law enforcement, in Newcastle and serves as the first responders for more than 70,000 unincorporated residents living in District 9.”

November 14, 2016
Enumclaw parks, youth, and seniors to benefit from Adopted County Budget
“I felt that maintaining funding for the Air Support and Marine Rescue Units was critical despite the tough decisions we as a council faced throughout this process. I’m also grateful to have had the opportunity to advocate for funds that will support good causes throughout southeast King County.”

November 14, 2016
Maple Valley Parks and Programs to benefit from Adopted County Budget
“Since the Sheriff’s Office serves as the first responders for more than 70,000 unincorporated residents living in District 9 and supports law enforcement in Maple Valley, Covington, and Newcastle, I felt that maintaining funding for this life saving service was a top priority.”

November 14, 2016
Greater Renton area Parks and Programs to benefit from Adopted County Budget
“As a Council had a lot of tough decisions to make during this budget process. I am glad that we were able to continue supporting the lifesaving work of the King County Sheriff’s Office. I’m also glad to have had the chance to advocate for funds focused on promoting great youth programs and improving Renton neighborhood parks.”

November 7, 2016
County Council recognizes the life and work of State Senator Andy Hill
“Washington State lost a great leader with the death of Senator Andy Hill. His talent, dedication, and unwavering commitment to public service will be missed. My thoughts go out to his family.”

October 24, 2016
Increasing access to justice: King County Council celebrates Pro Bono Week
“Recognizing National Pro Bono week honors individuals, law firms, and organizations who work to serve those who lack access to legal assistance. It also reminds us as a region how crucial it is that we continue to support these efforts to increase access to justice.”

October 10, 2016
Hobart Area resident Adrian Medved nominated for appointment to the King County Women’s Advisory Board
“I am happy to nominate Adrian to the Women’s Advisory Board. Her career and volunteer experience, local roots, and knowledge of rural communities in King County will bring a fresh perspective to the board.”

October 5, 2016
King County honors indigent community members in memorial ceremony
“Today we gather to remember and bury the 278 men and women who died here in King County and mourn for those buried without families to remember them. We honor those buried today with our presence and remember their lives in our hearts.”

October 3, 2016
Enumclaw Plateau Area Farms to Receive Funds for Flooding Concerns
“Supporting ADAP means providing King County farmers and surrounding communities the means to manage damages caused by flooding. I know this is program is especially valuable for farmers living on the Enumclaw Plateau and look forward to seeing more residents take advantage of these resources.”

October 3, 2016
Cities of Maple Valley and Covington Receive Funds to Address Flooding Concerns
“The partnership between the Flood control District and the Cities of Covington and Maple Valley on flood mitigation projects is beneficial for residents impacted by flooding and the surrounding natural environments.”

October 3, 2016
Newcastle to Receive Funds for Flooding Concerns
“Reducing flooding around Lake Boren is good for residents seasonally impacted by flooding and for the surrounding natural habitat. I am glad the City of Newcastle is receiving these funds that will go towards this important project.”  

 October 3, 2016
County recognizes and celebrates value of workers with disabilities
“In recognizing Disability Employment Awareness Month we as a county celebrate the important contributions of our employees who do good work each day despite their own unique challenges.”

September 21, 2016
Bellevue resident Lalita Uppala appointed to the King County Library System’s Board of Trustees
“Libraries are a happy medium for immigrant and local communities offering enrichment, social integration and education. I appreciate the effort made by the King County Council in my appointment.”

September 21, 2016
Getting ready for November: Strong numbers for new ballot drop boxes in primary election
“The success of these new ballot drop boxes is a positive sign that the communities these boxes serve will be able to access voting during the general election. I look forward to seeing how the new ballot boxes continue to work towards our goal and make voting even more accessible for residents in Southeast King County.”

September 19, 2016
Recognizing sacrifice: County Council approves naming new facility at Boeing Field in honor of fallen firefighter
“During the war, Luther Bonner was on the Homefront protecting lives through his service as a firefighter. It is only fitting that the people who share his legacy in keeping people safe be located in a facility bearing his name.”

September 12, 2016
King County Council recognizes National Recovery Month
“It is so important for anyone in recovery to know there are people available and willing to help them succeed. In light of the Washington State Legislature’s recognition of this issue’s importance, it seemed fitting that the Council acknowledge National Recovery Month.”

September 7, 2016
Council committee approves blueprint for Best Starts for Kids
“In the past year I’ve heard from folks living in District 9 rural areas during a variety of community forums. I am glad that today’s legislative action includes rural areas as a future Best Starts for Kids investment opportunity.”

September 6, 2016
Chad Buechler appointed to Regional Human Oversight Services Board
“Chad’s experience, leadership abilities, and passion for equality make him a great addition to the Regional Human Services Citizen Oversight Board.”

September 6, 2016
Measures to prevent lead poisoning in King County
“One of King County’s most important jobs is to keep people safe. I am happy to support this legislation that not only directly works to protect our kids now but also addresses improvements to diagnostics that will help prevent future lead poisonings.”

August 29, 2016
Fairwood 50, celebrating community in one of King County’s incorporated areas
“Since King County acts as the local government for Fairwood, I wanted to make sure this important community milestone did not go unnoticed. I thoroughly enjoyed working with local leaders to both honor the area’s history and recognize the many diverse organizations that support Fairwood’s families, residents, and students.”  

August 17, 2016
Revival of King County Fair continues
After a revitalization effort by the City of Enumclaw, Enumclaw Expo Center, and King County, that included increased advertising, doubling presale tickets, and growing community partnerships, 2016 fair attendance doubled to 20,749 fairgoers.

August 15, 2016
Unique donation will be used to purchase land
“Supporting and preserving our region’s open spaces benefits our communities and natural areas. I am pleased this generous donation will be used to acquire land around Soos Creek and Spring Lake/Lake Desire Park.”

July 25, 2016
King County Sheriff’s Office receives donated boat for marine rescue
“This donated boat will allow our Sheriff’s Marine Unit to greatly expand their search and rescue capability. Thank you to Ms. Barbara Kajiya for her generosity and to my colleagues on the King County Council for approving this legislation.”

July 20, 2016
Newcastle Historical Society receives funding for Cemetery improvements
“Protecting and improving one of our region’s oldest cemeteries is an important investment for connecting future generations with the stories of those that came before them.”

July 18, 2016
Covington’s “Badges and Barbells” afterschool program receives funds from King County
“Instead of waiting until there is a crisis for us to try to communicate, this program will build trust between kids and cops in a positive and supportive environment. Instead of knowing each other only by stereotypes, we will get to know each other as human beings and become friends. This program will also help keep kids and first responders safe because people make better decisions when they are healthy and feel as though they are part of a community.”

July 14, 2016
Welcome to the Fair! 154th edition of the King County Fair underway
“The King County Fair has been a mainstay in King County for generations. The King County Fair is even bigger and better this year. Not only does it provide great entertainment but also serves as a valuable outlet for local youth agricultural programs.”

June 13, 2016
New Ballot Drop Box for Fairwood
“I am thrilled that in addition to Fairwood, the county has funded four additional drop box locations so that residents in the Renton Highlands, Maple Valley, Covington and Enumclaw will have additional options to cast their ballot.”

July 11, 2016
County Council to protect vulnerable lives
“Washington State has provided for safe locations and legal protections for persons to take their newborns up to 72 hours after the birth of a child if they themselves cannot take care of them. Our goal now is to share information about these laws and the existing resources to a broader audience to help prevent future tragic instances.”

July 7, 2016
The 2016 King County Fair starts next week
“The King County Fair is a time-honored tradition that promotes agriculture in King County. I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the fair.”  

May 31, 2016
Dunn nominates Chad Buechler to Regional Human Oversight Services Board
“Chad Buechler’s enthusiasm, and experience make him a great fit for the board.”  

May 26, 2016
Washington Secretary of State recognizes 50 years of Fairwood Greens Homeowners’ Association
“Fairwood Greens Homeowners Association has been an important part of Fairwood since the community's origin. Today's recognition not only honors that legacy, but also celebrates the history of the neighborhood and surrounding area.”  

May 16, 2016
County Council recognizes Police Week, remembers Fallen Law Enforcement Officers
“This week we remember the sacrifices of those in law enforcement who have fallen in the line of duty while working for the safety of others. It is a privilege and an honor to be a part of recognizing their service.”

May 2, 2016
Renton Highlands to receive new ballot drop off location
“I appreciate the leadership approach the King County Council has taken in expanding voting access. I look forward to the new ballot drop box installation in the Renton Highlands.”

May 2, 2016
Maple Valley and Covington receive new ballot drop off locations for upcoming election
“I am glad the King County Council is taking a leadership role on increasing access to voting. I look forward to the installation of the new drop box near the Tahoma School District Building and the continued partnership between King County and the City of Maple Valley.”

May 2, 2016
Enumclaw receives new ballot drop off location for upcoming election
“While having the convenience of a mail-in voting system in place is valuable it is equally important for voters to have convenient, secure, access to ballot drop boxes. I would like to recognize King County for offering this service to our community of Enumclaw with drop box location to be sited at the KCLS library on Railroad Street.”

May 2, 2016
Fairwood Library receive new ballot drop off location for upcoming election
“These additional secure ballot drop boxes means voters have greater opportunities to express their voice and participate in the democratic process.”

May 2, 2016
43 additional ballot drop off locations will be available to county voters this fall
“Additional secure ballot drop boxes means more opportunity for voters to express their voice.”

April 26, 2016
County Council wants to continue program supporting veterans in jail
“I am excited to see this program mature to include and help even more of our incarcerated veterans. In seeking to address the specific needs of our military veterans we can better serve those who have served our country.”

April 25, 2016
County Council approves emergency moratorium on marijuana producers, processors and retailers
“For unincorporated communities in King County, the Council acts as the local government. It is therefore our job to make sure we are adequately serving and protecting the areas we represent. This moratorium will give us more time to study this issue in more depth and potentially make changes to better preserve rural communities.”

April 20, 2016
Improving visibility and saving money: Installing LED lights on roads in Southeast King County
“I support projects like these that cut costs, save energy, and make our roads safer.”

April 12, 2016
Program that supports families after parent’s incarceration receives County van
“Passage Point not only helps people avoid re-incarceration but also works to prevent homelessness, which at this moment, is critically important in our region.”

April 5, 2016
Enumclaw crisis charities receive van to broaden reach of services
“Homelessness is a serious issue in King County. We need to support organizations like Plateau Outreach Ministries and Mt. Rainier Christian Center that work to combat homelessness in our community.”

April 5, 2016
Enumclaw VFW receives funds for community center remodel
VFW Post 1949 received $2,500 to remodel their facilities from the King County 2015-2016 Mid Biennium budget. Councilmember Reagan Dunn advocated for the funds to be set aside for the remodel of this widely used Community Center.

March 30, 2016
Washington Legislature passes groundbreaking addiction recovery law
“This is an exciting victory for those seeking recovery from substance abuse addiction.”

March 30, 2016
Tahoma Middle School Students set SAIL with donation of retired County van
“The kids are very excited to be going into the community again. They have spent all week coming up with ideas of where they would like to go first!”

March 28, 2016
Council leadership responds to State of the County Address
“The Executive’s speech today in Redmond clearly addressed his goals and objectives for the upcoming year and the years to follow. I look forward to working with the Executive and my colleagues on the County Council to continue our work together to improve the quality of life for our residents.”

March 25, 2016
County Council goes to Ravensdale to hear from sheriff and get public input on Comprehensive Plan
“This meeting is intended to give unincorporated residents of King County the chance to let their insight known as the council works to make decisions about land use that will impact the area for the next four years.”

March 21, 2016
Ravensdale Couple receives King County MLK Medal of Distinguished Service
“We are pleased to have played a part in researching and documenting the incredible, and tragic, history of Ravensdale. And we hope this project will serve as a lasting legacy to the people and events of the past while giving today’s residents of King County and the Ravensdale community a deeper appreciation and understanding of our history.”

March 21, 2016
King County residents receive MLK Medal of Distinguished Service
“Donna and Michael Brathovde have given over 2,000 hours of public service to the community that they love. I am honored that I get to present the MLK Medal of Distinguished Service to such deserving King County residents.”

March 21, 2016
Jim Wigfall reappointed to KCLS Board
“I look forward to seeing how Jim’s experience on the board and his dedication to the goals of the KCLS will continue to enhance the library system in his next term.”

March 21, 2016
“Retiring” County employees prepare for new careers
“This program is mutually beneficial for all those involved. Retired vans get a second life and organizations who receive them get the chance to continue their important work and improve the services they are able to offer.”

March 15, 2016
Fairwood 50th looking for treasured photos and memories
Love Fairwood? Remember what it was like in 1966, or the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and beyond? Starting Thursday, March 17, Metropolitan King County Vice Chair Reagan Dunn will be partnering with King County Parks to bring you throwback pictures and memories from the early days of Fairwood.

March 14, 2016
Perfection! King County Council Recognizes Nick Porter for Test Achievement
“I am awed with the incredible academic dedication and skill that Nick demonstrated in achieving a perfect score.”

March 10, 2016
Groundbreaking program launched to help jailed veterans
“Of all the challenges faced by our military veterans, transitioning back to civilian life should not be one of them. Early results of the program already look promising and I am excited to see what the future holds.”

March 7, 2016
Celebrating their strength: King County proclaims March “Women’s History Month”
“I grew up with the privilege of knowing firsthand what great things women in leadership positions can do for our country. I’m thankful for the legacy my mother Jennifer Dunn left for future women in politics and glad that King County is seeking to honor the enormous contributions women have added to our society.”

March 3, 2016
Eastside Heritage Center receives funds to support its mission
“I know from my role as a County Councilmember, a former member of the Eastside Heritage Center Board, and a longtime resident of the eastside, what a great organization and incredible resource the center is for the community.”

March 2, 2016
First in the nation legislation protecting communications in drug and alcohol recovery programs on way to Governor’s desk
“It is in all of our interests to see as many successful cases of recovery as possible and removing any barriers to that healing process is essential.”

February 29, 2016
Hearing from the community on the future of the Eastside Rail Corridor
“This trail, including the section that runs through the City of Renton will be an important asset to the resident of the city and surrounding area. Adding your comments to the conversation will help make the trail reflect the wishes of the community it will serve.”

February 29, 2016
Black Diamond’s “Soup Ladies” honored for years of hot meals and public service
“I have had the pleasure of knowing and working closely with the Black Diamond ‘Soup Ladies’ for many years. Their commitment to improving the lives of those to risk theirs for others is both honorable and inspirational. King County is privileged to have them.”

February 23, 2016
Conservation Funds, Park Levy to support Covington area trails projects
“These funds will support making these two areas, both beautiful local gems, more accessible for recreation. Not only do these trails allow residents the chance to get outside for recreation but they also provide the chance to appreciate and actively protect the surrounding the natural environment.”

February 23, 2016
Enumclaw VFW Hall and Foothills Trail to receive funds for renovation
“Part of the Enumclaw Foothills trail addition includes a beautiful lake side view and will greatly add to the already highly prized recreational area. I am also glad that King County will support the VFW hall remodel which will provide a place for community building organizations in Enumclaw to gather.”

February 23, 2016
County Council approves funding for key link to connect May Creek to Cougar Mountain trail
“A lot of hard work has gone into providing this recreational trail that not only helps to connect the City of Renton to Cougar Mountain but also provides the chance for residents to appreciate and actively protect the surrounding the natural environment.”

February 22, 2016
Cougar/Squak Corridor to gain additional land through King County Funds
“The purchase of this property provides for a spectacular viewpoint of the surrounding area. This purchase along with the surrounding land acquired in 2014 completes the trail system, increases passive recreation and provides for more conservation of wildlife habitat.”  

February 16, 2016
King County Council Honors Kevin Desmond for Outstanding Public Service
“We hate to lose Kevin Desmond whose work has brought both innovative and constructive change to public transportation in King County. I wish him the best as he continues his career in public service and look forward to seeing what he accomplishes next.”

February 16, 2016
County Council recognizes history and contributions of African-Americans

“America was founded on the idea that all people are created equal. Celebrating Black History Month allows us to highlight accomplishments of African-Americans throughout history as well as their continued work in shaping our nation to bring true meaning to the words of our founding fathers.”

February 11, 2016
Unincorporated Maple Valley and Cedar Area Neighborhoods Selected for Community Service Area Grants
The Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council (UAC), Save Habitat and Diversity of Wetlands (SHADOW), Hobart community Church, and Lake Desire community Club will each receive a grant award.

February 11, 2016
King County Grant funds projects designed for Safer Neighborhoods

Two projects focused on making Issaquah-area neighborhoods safer will receive a funding boost from Community Service Area grants

February 10, 2016
Enumclaw Area Projects Funded by King County
“Everyone wins when communities are thriving. These Community Service Area Grants partner with local organizations to fund projects focused on safety, education, and providing opportunities for area residents to grow closer and together.”

February 10, 2016
Fairwood Neighborhood Projects Selected for Community Service Area Grants
“Everyone wins when communities are thriving. These Community Service Area Grants partner with local organizations to fund projects focused on safety, education, and providing opportunities for area residents to grow closer and together.”

February 1, 2016
Provisions made for the future of the King County Fair
“The King County Fair highlights the importance of modern agriculture while also celebrating King County’s rural heritage. I feel it is important that these funds are set aside to ensure young people are included in this time honored tradition.”

January 25, 2016
Council approves members of King County Children and Youth Advisory Board
“I look forward to reviewing the recommendations and advice from this diverse group of individuals as the County moves forward in implementing the Best Starts for Kids Levy.”  

January 19, 2016
McDermott, Dembowski and Dunn to lead County Council in 2016
“I take the responsibility of serving as a Vice Chair of the Council very seriously. I appreciate the confidence my colleagues have placed in me and look forward to working with them to find solutions to the issues facing King County.”

January 4, 2016
2015 Top Ten Names for Dogs and Cats in King County
Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) partnered with the office of Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn to bring you the top ten names of licensed pets in 2015. This data comes from the nearly one million residents RASKC serves, living in 25 cities and King County’s unincorporated communities.

December 15, 2015
Cedar River area to receive water quality enhancement funds
“Decreasing river bank erosion and increasing fish habitat is good for land owners and good for wildlife. I am always happy to help fund projects that result in a winning situation for both King County residents and the environment.”

December 14, 2015
County Council, Elections partner in making voting more convenient and accessible
“To give people a voice we have to make voting more accessible and adding additional secure drop boxes is a good start to this goal.”

December 14, 2015
Council approves projects to receive $2 million in water quality grants
“Improving water quality is good for both King County residents and the environment. I am excited to see the results of the projects funded by these grants.”

December 14, 2015
Black Diamond and Maple Valley to receive grant funding for area water quality projects
“Water is a valuable resource that is often underappreciated in a county that has frequent rainfall and flooding. These grant funds will help to improve water quality, which will benefit both public health as well as provide a cleaner, more sustainable watershed for years to come.”

December 14, 2015
Project in Fairwood to receive grant funding for water quality enhancement
“It’s always good to see a project that both protects homeowners from flooding while at the same time improves the quality of our water. These grant funds will benefit the overall water quality of the community as well providing sustainable watershed protection for years to come.”

December 14, 2015
Leann Kranick unanimously appointed to the King County Agriculture Commission
“I am thankful to Councilmember Dunn for the opportunity to serve on the King County Agricultural Commission. It will be both a pleasure and a privilege to contribute my experience and knowledge towards enhancing and promoting agriculture in King County.”

November 24, 2015
Fiscal Options, Transportation and Public Health Highlight King County’s Legislative Agenda
“The King County Council is a representative body with a mission to promote the interests and concerns of King County residents. This legislative agenda was created with that mission in mind.”

November 23, 2015
Enumclaw Expo Center Awarded Funds for Field House Renovation
“Restoring the Field House is not only about providing the Expo Center and community with a beautiful venue for the future but it’s also about preserving a piece Enumclaw heritage.”

November 23, 2015
Renton Historical Society Awarded Funds to Renovate Museum Lobby
“Supporting the Renton Historical Society helps ensure continued education, service, and local pride for the residents of Renton. This renovation will allow even more access to the important resources offered at the museum.”

November 23, 2015
King County Awards KidsQuest Funds for Capital Campaign
“These funds will increase the educational opportunities KidsQuest provides, while providing an even greater number of children and families access to their awarding winning programs.”

November 16, 2015
Community Commemorates 100-Year Anniversary of Ravensdale Mining Disaster
“The Ravensdale Mining Disaster is an important piece of Washington State History. This memorial is done to honor the miners who were lost in the tragedy and to honor the many in our society who labor in dangerous professions.”

November 9, 2015
County Council recognizes Green River College’s “Golden Anniversary”
“For 50 years Green River College has provided an atmosphere where guidance and instruction have let students thrive and the surrounding communities grow. The college has a bright future ahead and I look forward to seeing what is in store.” 

October 26, 2015
King County Council celebrates Pro Bono Week
“As a past member of the Washington State Bar Association Pro Bono and Legal Aid Committee, I am proud that the Council supports a celebration of increased access to justice.”

October 19, 2015
Council approves transit route overhaul
“These changes are designed to make Metro routes more efficient and effective for the residents of the county. Even if you don’t use Metro, these improvements to Metro’s service are important as they can help lead to less gridlock on our roadways.”

October 19, 2015
KidsQuest Children’s Museum Receives “Retired” County Van
“KidsQuest provides wonderful services for children and their families. With the assistance of Councilmember Hague we will allow them to continue their important work.”  

October 12, 2015
County Council celebrates and recognizes value of workers with disabilities
“Twenty five years of legislation promoting equality is something to celebrate. I am proud that today in King County, those with disabilities are free to work and contribute to our society while protected by this important act.”

October 2, 2015
Covington Skate Park gets boost from County sports grant
“Gerry Crick Skatepark is in need of some upgrades and I am glad we are able to help provide them some additional financing to move the project forward.”

September 25, 2015
Fairwood resident Stafford nominated to sit on King County Parks Levy Citizen Oversight Board
“Tom and his family are very passionate about our Park system and I’m confident the residents of our area will be well served by his representation on the board.”

September 23, 2015
“Street of Heroes:” Council recognizes road designation
“Our military veterans should be treated like the heroes that they are. I hope this small token of appreciation helps express the profound gratitude we have for the sacrifices made by these men to protect our great country.”

September 16, 2015
Dunn, Council provide King County Fair stability
“The King County Fair is part of what makes my district a special place to call home. Having county support and the strong leadership of a local nonprofit is a crucial step in returning the fair to greatness.”

September 15, 2015
Kent School District to add School Resource Officer
“As a parent, I know firsthand the anxiety and heartache we feel when faced with the countless tragedies that have occurred in our nation’s schools. The safety of our children, schools, and communities is a top priority. I’m proud to have worked to make this possible.”

September 14, 2015
Sheriff receives funds to increase emphasis patrols in unincorporated King County
“One of the most persistent requests I heard from residents of unincorporated King County this last year was for more traffic enforcement. This increased visibility by the Sheriff’s office in unincorporated King County will help drivers to remember to obey all traffic laws to help keep our children and our communities safe.”

September 11, 2015
New LED lights operational at Petrovitsky Park
“Petrovisky Park is busy year round, so it just made sense that the county provide state of the art lighting for their sport fields. The neighbors have less light pollution, it’s cost effective, and the players have better visibility for night games; it’s a win for everyone.”

September 8, 2015
County Council approves bridge connecting trail between King and Pierce Counties
“The bridge from SR 167 has been removed and we’ll see if using it as a trail bridge on the Foothill’s Trail near Enumclaw is possible. Thanks to the collaborative work between all of the involved parties, the Foothills trail is one more step closer to connecting King and Pierce County.”

September 2, 2015
King County Fair organizers update County Council Committee on “Bountiful” 2015 Fair
“What is clear from today’s testimony is how important the Fair is to our youth agricultural programs throughout King County. To continue to have locally produced food we need to help encourage and train tomorrow’s farmers. I want to thank Mayor Liz Reynolds and the City Council of Enumclaw and everyone involved in creating a new governance structure that has clearly sprung new life into the Fair.”

September 2, 2015
King County continues strong push to combat human trafficking
“We as a County have an obligation to do everything we can do to put an end to this unconscionable crime, and raising public awareness is one of the tools we can use to help eradicate trafficking. Based on the testimony at committee it is apparent that the more locations this information is in, the more calls to the national hotline are made.”

August 24, 2015
Sean Kelly unanimously reappointed to King County Emergency Management Advisory Committee
“Sean has brought a wealth of knowledge to the position since he also serves as Deputy Mayor of Maple Valley and as a Tahoma School District Safety Officer.”

July 27, 2015
County Council offers increased support for arts and cultural programs
“I am proud that the county can now expand, preserve, and improve new and existing cultural projects for all our residents to enjoy.”

July 20, 2015
County Council unanimously confirms appointment of Patty Hayes as Director of Public Health – Seattle & King County
“Her extensive dedication to the medical field clearly illustrates her ability to serve our community and ensure the health and safety of the residents of King County.”

July 16, 2015
Welcome to the Fair! 152nd edition of the King County Fair underway
At 10:00 a.m. Dunn and Mayor Reynolds sold the first ticket to Hadley Bottorff who was waiting in line to enter the fair this morning with her mother.

July 14, 2015
King County Fair to receive funding boost from County
“Besides providing great entertainment, the King County Fair plays a vital role in preserving King County’s agricultural roots, which is especially important as we as a region work to increase the amount of food produced locally. I want to thank the County Executive and my colleagues on the County Council for their continued support of the King County Fair.”

July 13, 2015
County Council supports grant to complete work at Ravensdale Park
“Ensuring that the storm water treatment center will be prepared for the runoff from the current expansion and any future expansions of Ravensdale Park is a cost saver now and in the future.”

July 13, 2015
Council approves annexation of land for fire and emergency services
“Fire protection and emergency services play a huge role in the public health and safety of our community. The Bristow annexation will allow for even more citizens to be guaranteed the protection they deserve.”

June 29, 2015
County renews commitment to community Sheriff’s Office in Fairwood
“Maintaining a storefront office in the Fairwood community is a true benefit to the residents and helps the Sheriff to serve the community more effectively.”

June 22, 2015
William Hobson recognized for decades of service on behalf of the homeless
“The legacy of Bill Hobson’s commitment and advocacy for some of the county’s most vulnerable citizens are the thousands of people he has been able to help from the streets to stability.”

June 17, 2015
Metro’s Long-Range Plan focus of special council committee meeting
“Metro Transit plays an important role here in Renton; it provides daily transportation to thousands of residents and employees of major employers such as the Boeing Company and PACCAR. I want to thank the City of Renton for hosting this important meeting.”

June 6, 2015
Dunn joins celebration of National Trails Day at Cougar/Squak Corridor Park Grand Opening
“In 2012, this land was under threat of being clear-cut. Thankfully, through the work of many, we are able to celebrate the opening of a new park that provides varied recreational opportunities and protects critical habitat.”

June 5, 2015
Councilmember Dunn takes part in new Tahoma High School Groundbreaking
“It is an honor to take part in this momentous occasion. This location, formerly owned by the County, provides a site that meets the district desire to centrally locate the new high school and regional learning center.”

June 4, 2015
“Retired” county vans begin new careers in Maple Valley, Black Diamond and Enumclaw
“Extending the lives of these vans helps organizations like Vine Maple extend the services they can offer. The work they do is invaluable to their community and I am pleased to play a role in assisting their efforts.”

May 11, 2015
Honoring officers that protect and serve our communities
“It is always an honor to recognize and remember those that have fallen in the line of duty. I want to thank Mayor Buri, the city council and all of the residents of Newcastle for continuing to honor the memory and sacrifice of Deputy Herzog.”

May 11, 2015
Recognizing officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice
“We can never take for granted the sacrifices of the men and women of law enforcement and their families. It is always an honor to recognize and honor those that have fallen in the line of duty.”

May 4, 2015
Celebrating the power of the arts in school: County Council recognizes May as Arts Education Month
“Just like math and science, students need a strong background in the arts and I am pleased to recognize this month as Art Education Month.”

April 27, 2015
Organizations in District 9 to benefit from “retired” County vans
“These organizations do important work in SE King County. Handing over these vans allows them to continue that work and improve the services they are able to offer.”

April 27, 2015
County employees prepare for “working retirement” Council approves transfer of surplus vanpool van to organizations throughout King County
“Repurposing these vans is a great way to maximize County resources. Community organizations throughout the County benefit from this program and are better able to serve residents that utilize their services.”

April 27, 2015
Collaboration for the next generation: County Council hears from County Executive on efforts to assist young people
“I’m looking forward to reviewing the proposal presented by the County Executive today at the State of the County.”

April 20, 2015
Elbert Reed unanimously appointed to the Veterans Citizen Levy Oversight Board
“Elbert brings his background as a veteran, his management skills from his years at Weyerhaeuser and his commitment to the community to this position. The residents of Enumclaw—and the entire county—will be well served with his appointment.”

April 15, 2015
Flood District Chair Reagan Dunn speaks at Good Eggs Breakfast meeting in Auburn discussing flooding issues in South King County
“If you have a flooding issue in your community that needs funding, I’d encourage you to work with your local municipality, HOA, or other qualified group to apply for a grant.”

April 1, 2015
Dunn statement of Council Chair Larry Phillips
“His tireless work ethic and ability to work with a wide array of constituencies has helped to shape a lasting legacy which will benefit the residents of King County for the foreseeable future.”

March 17, 2015
Dunn introduces legislation to reduce impact fees on properties that support agriculture
“Locally sourced food is something many residents of King County value very dearly. If the businesses these farms rely on for goods and services are forced out of the area because of high land costs and regulatory burdens, the viability of these farms is threatened.”

March 9, 2015
Reviewing goals, costs, and effectiveness: Council approves legislation updating
Mental Illness and Drug Dependency Plans
“I welcome the comprehensive review of MIDD standards this legislation provides. Providing effective funding for such issues as substance abuse and chemical dependency are very important and this review will help to educate us on what works and what does not.”

March 9, 2015
Bellevue resident Heather Trescases appointed to serve on the King County Culture
Development Authority (4Culture)
“I am delighted that Heather will be serving on the 4Culture board. She has done an amazing job as the director of the Eastside Heritage Center and King County will be well served with her on the 4 Culture board.”

March 2, 2015
Council confirms appointment of Lorinda Youngcourt as Director of the Department of Public Defense
“After a competitive nationwide search process I believe we have found a leader in Ms. Youngcourt that will continue King County’s proud tradition of providing quality legal services to those who are accused of a crime and cannot afford an attorney.”

March 2, 2015
Maple Valley resident David Pilgrim appointed to serve on King County Landmarks Commission
“The Landmarks Commission will be well served by having someone with David’s experience and community involvement as a member of the commission.”

February 24, 2015
Helping veterans behind bars: Council accepts report outlining options for incarcerated veterans
“We can’t just walk away from the men and woman who put their lives on the line to defend our nation. My hope is that these efforts not only reduce recidivism but also help to address the specific needs many of our veterans have developed stemming from their time in places like Iraq or Afghanistan.”

February 23, 2015
Council adopts legislation that will benefit Green River preservation projects
“One of the largest threats facing the survival of salmon in the Green River is the temperature of the water. Prioritizing CFT funding to acquire properties along the river so that shade trees can be planted to cool the river is very important.”

December 15, 2014
County Council receives Task Force report on safely relinquishing a newborn baby
“This task force worked diligently and delivered a very detailed list of recommendations. I look forward to working with my colleagues to determine the next steps in the hopes that we can help prevent future tragedies.”

December 15, 2014
Black Diamond resident Leah Grant appointed to Conservation Futures Oversight Committee
“Leah brings a wealth of knowledge to the board and the residents of Southeast King County will be well served by her representation on the oversight committee.”

December 15, 2014
King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn Commends the Passage of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Bill
“After seven years of hard work and countless efforts by a variety of stake holders the Congress has passed the Alpine Lakes Wilderness expansion bill. My sincerest congratulations to Congressman Dave Reichert and Senator Patty Murray for their years of hard work and to Chairman Doc Hastings for moving this bill out of the House Resources Committee.” 

December 9, 2014
County Council committee holds meeting at Newcastle City Hall
“As a regional government it’s important that the County Council meets in the communities they represent so residents have an opportunity to meet and discuss the issues they have in person without having to drive into Seattle.”

November 17, 2014
Health clinic, County Fair, park and community celebration highlights of adopted County Budget for District 9
“As with most budgets, there have been many hard choices along the way but I’m thankful the County Council has been able to work together to maintain the services our residents rely on the most.”

November 17, 2014
King County’s first biennial budget highlights secure families and communities as it meets mandated responsibilities
“This is a budget that protects public safety, keeps our health clinics open and restores funding for the Sheriff’s domestic violence unit. As with most budgets, there have been many hard choices along the way, but I’m thankful we have been able to work together to maintain the services our residents rely on the most.”

November 13, 2014
Dunn pleased proposed Council Budget includes funding for Enumclaw Health Clinic
“Through the hard work of the Council and many local partners, we were able to keep the Enumclaw Health Centers doors open. This was one of my top budget priorities. In this budget environment, we need to collaborate in new ways to meet the needs of our residents and that’s what we did with the health center.”

November 6, 2014
Momentum continues toward keeping Auburn Health Clinic Open
“These partnerships are coming together in a time of need to help ensure access to basic healthcare services for area residents. I’d also like to thank Executive Constantine who has been instrumental in this process and working tirelessly to bring together this broad coalition of partners to save this clinic.”
November 4, 2014
Council receives recommendations from panel reviewing ways to increase awareness on safely relinquishing newborns
“I have been eagerly awaiting the findings of this important task force. I look forward to reviewing the hard work of the task force and finding a way forward to help avoid these kinds of tragedies in the future.”

October 13, 2014
County Council confirms William Hayes as new Director of the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention
“Mr. Hayes has served at every level of the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention with distinction. His appointment as the Director of DAJD is well earned—and well deserved.”

October 6, 2014
Tahoma School District gets room to grow: County Council unanimously adopts ordinances selling portion of Summit Pit to district
“The voters in the Tahoma School District spoke loud and clear in support of a new high school to meet the needs of a growing district. I would like to thank my colleagues on the County Council for their expeditious review that allows the proposed construction timeline to stay on schedule.” 

September 22, 2014
Future industrial use of isolated rural property prompts County Council to act on review of development in isolated areas
“As their ‘local government,’ the Council must act to protect the unincorporated communities we represent. We look forward working with the Executive to study this issue more closely.”

September 16, 2014
Ordinance selling portion of Summit Pit to Tahoma School District heads to full Council
“This legislation is one step closer to final action by the County Council. Once passed, it will help pave the way to fulfilling the will of the voters in the Tahoma School District to begin construction of a much needed new High School.”

August 5, 2014
Tahoma School District wants to grow in Summit Pit
“In 2013, nearly 70 percent of voters in the Tahoma School District voted to fund the construction of a new high school, which clearly demonstrates the communities overwhelming desire for this project.”

July 31, 2014
Dunn: Alpine Lake expansion takes strong step toward reality
“I am excited that Congressman Dave Reichert’s legislation expanding the Alpine Lakes Wilderness has passed favorably out of House Natural Resources Committee. There are still several steps left and much work to be done but now we are another step closer to protecting this important area and for that I am grateful.”

July 17, 2014
Councilmember Dunn and Enumclaw Mayor Liz Reynolds Kick Off the 151st King County Fair
“The King County Fair has been a mainstay in King County for generations. The King County Fair not only provides great entertainment but also serves as a valuable outlet for local youth agricultural programs."

July 15, 2014
Councilmember Dunn hands over the keys of “retired” County vans
“These three organizations are integral parts of our community and I’m so delighted to help further their efforts by supplying them with a retired King County Metro van.” 

July 11, 2014
King County task force on safely relinquishing newborns underway
“It strikes a chord in all of us to think of a newborn child discarded with no food, water or shelter, and no understanding of what is happening or why. Being a father of two really brings the issue home to me. I know that, working together, we can let desperate parents know that there are other options, and we can save lives here in King County.”

June 11, 2014
Council approves revised plan for solid waste system that reflects reduction in volume received
“We have worked hard to revise this report to help ensure we build a solid waste system that fits the need of its users.”

June 9, 2014
Dunn amendment to study impacts of closing the Renton Transfer Station on Self-haul users part of review of County’s solid waste plan
“I want to ensure self-haul users of this facility from my district know there is a real danger that this station may close in the coming years. My amendment will study any closure thoroughly and let us know how the needs of self-haul users could be met if this location is ultimately closed.”

June 4, 2014
Dunn amendment to review closure of Renton Transfer Station
“Self-haul services at the Renton Transfer Station are a very popular service for many in my district, and I fear very few of the users are aware of the possibility it may close in the next few years. My amendment will study the closure thoroughly and let us know how we can ensure the needs of self-haul users will be met if this location is ultimately closed.”

May 27, 2014
County Council approves “retired” County vans for District 9 Maple Valley and Covington organizations
“By transferring retired metro vans to these organizations we are helping them to continue their extraordinary work to the residents of southeast King County.”

May 27, 2014
New careers for hard working county employees: Council approves transfer of surplus vanpool van to organizations throughout King County
“By transferring retired vans to these worthy organizations, we are providing important tools that allow them to better serve the residents of King County.”

May 19, 2014 
Council Council’s 2014 Equity and Social Justice work plan will consider impacts of bus service reduction
“This unanimously adopted work plan clearly illustrates King County’s continuing commitment to serve all residents of our County.”

May 13, 2014 
County Council approves effort to address the needs of incarcerated veterans
“By working to improve access to treatment and services for veterans in County jails my hope is to reduce veteran recidivism. We owe it to the men and woman who have served our country.”

May 12, 2014
County Council, Covington and Maple Valley Mayors recognize officers that keep communities safe
“It is an honor to take part in this recognition and pay tribute our fallen heroes.”

May 12, 2014
County Council, Newcastle Mayor recognize County officers who protect community
“The men and women of law enforcement deserve our utmost respect and gratitude for all they do.”

May 12, 2014
County Council recognizes and honors officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice
“It is an honor to take part in this recognition and pay tribute our fallen heroes.”

May 10, 2014
Dunn, Phillips statement on acquisition of Squak Mountain forest
“Today we celebrate the acquisition of 226 of forest land on Squak Mt. that will be used for recreation and habitat in the Issaquah Alps. I am proud to have been part of this partnership between King County and the Trust for Public Lands. I am also grateful for the advocacy of organizations such as ‘Save Squak’ and the Issaquah Alps Trail Club for their long-term involvement in protecting and preserving important habitat.”

May 5, 2014
County Council recognizes May as Arts Education Month in King County
“A well-rounded education includes instruction in the arts. This month we take time to highlight the arts and their importance in the education of our students.”

March 31, 2014
Task Force will work to bring awareness on safely relinquishing a newborn baby
“Safe alternatives exist under State law that can help reduce child abandonment and avoid the kind of tragedy that occurred near North Bend last month. The focus of this task force is to bring greater awareness of The Safety of Newborn Children Law to the residents of King County.”

March 31, 2014
Fairwood resident Erin Aboudara appointed to serve on King County Women's Advisory Board
“Erin has spent her entire life in King County and is very involved in her community. Her work on the Kent PTA and the leadership roles she has held representing over 1,500 homeowners of the Fairwood Greens home owners association, gives her a unique perspective to bring to the board.”

March 25, 2014
Motion seeking to increase awareness on safely relinquishing a newborn baby unanimously passes Council Committee
“The findings of this task force will be used to bring greater awareness of the Safety of Newborn Children Law to the residents of King County. By making residents more aware of safe alternatives we can hopefully prevent future re-occurrences of the recent tragedy we witnessed near North Bend.”

March 25, 2014
King County Historic Preservation Grant Awarded in District 9
“Historic downtowns such as Enumclaw’s are timeless treasures for our communities. This grant money will ensure great landmarks in our communities will endure and be intact for current and future generations to enjoy.”

March 24, 2014
King County Council Recognizes Tracy Tran for Perfect Test Score
“To be one of only eight people in the world to earn a perfect score on the AP calculus test is a remarkable accomplishment. Tracy should not just be lauded for her academic achievements but also for her active role in the community. She has a very bright future ahead of her.”

March 19, 2014
Avoiding tragedies, saving lives: Councilmembers seek to increase awareness on safely surrendering newborns
“This tragic incident demonstrates there is still work to be done to make sure people are aware of safe alternatives to surrender newborns. I look forward to reviewing the recommendations of the task force so we can begin work to increase awareness of the Safety of Newborn Children Law in King County.”

March 17, 2014
Civics lesson: King County Council gives unanimous support to effort to increase “Civics Literacy”
“Giving students a sound foundation on civics and how government works is a key part of the educational process. As an elected leader I am pleased to support this common sense motion.”

March 17, 2014
Celebrating their strength: King County proclaims March “Women’s History Month”
“Women’s History Month calls attention to the many contributions women have made in King County. It is a privilege to honor the many accomplishments of women in our county and across this nation.”

March 17, 2014
Fairwood Greens and Woodside Home Owners Associations Selected for Community Service Area Grants
“King County serves as the local government for the over 20,000 residents living within the unincorporated community of Fairwood. By helping to fund community events and the upgrading of ageing community property, King County is helping to build a stronger sense of community in Fairwood.”

March 17, 2014
Community Associations and Organizations in Council District 9 selected for Community Service Area grants
“The Community Service Area grant program aids communities and residents in coming together to improve their neighborhoods and boost ‘community’ in the truest sense of the word.”

March 17, 2014
Serenity Equine and Greater Maple Valley Area Council Selected for Community Service Area Grants
“These grants provide much needed funding for community oriented organizations in Unincorporated King County. I am very pleased to see this grant money go to such worthy organizations as Serenity Equine Rescue and The Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council.”

February 24, 2014
County Council approves agreement with Ravensdale Park Foundation
“The expansion of Ravensdale Park will provide increased quality of life and recreational opportunities for the youth and adults of southeast King County. Southeast King County has seen an explosion of new families moving into the area, but right now there is a deficiency of youth recreational fields. This project is a step in the right direction.”

February 24, 2014
Council adopts plan to place human trafficking information in key locations across King County
“We should do whatever we can to make sure victims of human trafficking know that resources exist to help them escape this dreadful crime. Our goal is that with more locations this information is in, the more calls from victims seeking help are made.”

February 19, 2014
Agreement between King County and the Ravensdale Park Foundation sent to Council for final action
“This agreement will significantly increase youth and adult recreational opportunities for the residents of Southeast King County. All parties including the Ravensdale Park Foundation and the City of Maple Valley have worked hard throughout this process and the benefits of this agreement will be felt for years to come.”

February 19, 2014
Dunn: Use “Every means available” to end human trafficking
“It was a privilege to participate in this hearing today and I thank Congressman Reichert for holding a congressional field hearing in Auburn to highlight and to develop additional tools to combat the vile crime of human trafficking. Only by using every means available to us will we be able to save future victims from these horrors.”

February 19, 2014
Motion urging State Legislative action on human trafficking unanimously passes County Council
“Our state has been on the forefront of the battle against human trafficking and King County has been there every step of the way. This motion simply formalizes King County’s support of further measures to fight Human Trafficking and allows County officials and staff to proactively support legislative efforts to fight these heinous crimes.”

February 11, 2014
Dunn introduces motion to place human trafficking information in key locations across King County
“Human trafficking is a serious issue. This legislation is intended to make sure that those who need help exiting trafficking can get important information that they might not otherwise know about. What’s great about it is that it effectively spreads important information to a wide audience using minimal county resources.”

February 10, 2014
County Council prepared to partner with Executive on confronting inequities; climate change
“The Executive’s State of the County Address this morning clearly laid out his vision for the future of King County. As we begin a new year I look forward to working with the Executive’s Office and my colleagues on the Council to meet the needs of all our constituents.”

February 3, 2014
King County Council recognizes Dr. Donald Davidson on his retirement from the Bellevue City Council
“During his time of public service, Don was a dedicated public servant who worked tirelessly on behalf of the residents of Bellevue. I am proud to have worked alongside Dr. Davidson for a number of years, and I look forward to his continued advocacy on issues he is most passionate about.”

January 28, 2014
Newcastle Councilmember Lisa Jensen Reappointed to Harborview Medical Center Board of Trustees
“She brings a wealth of knowledge to the board as a former deputy mayor of Newcastle, current Councilmember, and small business person, Lisa has the depth of public service experience to help the board serve the community at a high level.”

January 27, 2014
County Council completes 2014 reorganization with appointment of committee chairs
“Transit issues in our County touch nearly every segment of our community and I will work hard to address the issues before us.”

January 27, 2014
County Council, Executive join “12th Man” in shouting GO HAWKS!!!
“It is an exciting time to be a Seahawks fan. I join my colleagues and the rest of the Pacific Northwest in wishing them success at the Super Bowl. Go Hawks!”

January 22, 2014
New law prioritizes Children and Youth
“I appreciate all the good work that has gone into developing this plan to benefit the youth of King County. I look forward to reviewing the recommendations that are produced by this task force and supporting their efforts.”

January 13, 2014
Promoting awareness to end Slavery and Human Trafficking
“A year ago we launched a comprehensive public awareness campaign using both County resources and private sector partnerships to show victims there is help available and where they can receive it. We must continue to stay vigilant in our fight to end human trafficking.”

December 16, 2013
County Council honors second group of “HERO” graduates
“This HERO Program is now completing its second round of veteran interns and I couldn’t be more pleased with the success of the program. Both the veterans and the County are greatly benefitting from this program.”

December 16, 2013
Colleagues recognize, say goodbye to Councilmember Julia Patterson
“It has been an absolute pleasure to work alongside such a dedicated, passionate public servant. Julia will be unquestionably missed here at the Council and I wish her all the success in the word in any future endeavor she embarks on. I am honored to be able to call her a friend.”

December 9, 2013
Stan McCall sworn in as Commissioner for King County Fire District 28
“With the unanimous selection of Mr. McCall, the Board of Commissioners of KCFD #28 is well positioned to move forward in a collaborative fashion to provide emergency services to the residents it serves.”

December 4, 2013
Panel makes unanimous recommendation for Fire District #28 vacancy
"I appreciate the hard work that the members of the advisory panel put forward to select one of these outstanding candidates."

November 21, 2013
Process to fill vacant Fire Commissioner position in Fire District 28 underway
To fill this vacant position, Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn will convene a five member Citizen Advisory Panel to review applications of potential candidates.

November 12, 2013
District 9 Highlights of 2014 King County Budget
“This budget not only funds the re-opening of the Sheriff's Hicks-Raburn Precinct in South East King County, but also funds eight new sheriff deputy positions. This budget clearly illustrates the importance of the County's role as the provider of law enforcement services to our unincorporated area residents.”

November 12, 2013
Services, stability highlight 2014 King County Budget
“This budget not only funds the re-opening of the Sheriff's Hicks-Raburn Precinct in South East King County, but also funds eight new Sheriff deputy positions. I look forward to voting for a budget that clearly illustrates the importance of the County's role as the provider of law enforcement services to our unincorporated area residents.”

October 28, 2013
County Council approves “Blueprint” for implementing Department of Public Defense
“Our legal system is based on the premise that all defendants in our courts be provided with effective representation. This legislation will help to insure the continued delivery of sound legal representation through our public defense system.”

October 25, 2013
Dunn, Urquhart and Constantine visit proposed Maple Valley Sheriff’s Office Precinct
“This has been a collaborative effort with a single goal: to better serve and protect the residents of Unincorporated King County.”

October 22, 2013
King County Council celebrates Pro Bono Week
“The pro bono work done by attorneys for individuals and families in need are vital to maintaining a fair and just legal system. I am pleased to co-sponsor this proclamation and call attention to this important work.”

October 16, 2013
Councilmember Dunn: Federal shutdown must end
“My constituents want their leaders to work together on a long term vision and a thoughtful plan to move us forward and stop hurting the citizens and children they are supposed to represent.”

October 14, 2013
County Council calls on state Legislature to hold special session to address transportation funding
“In King County, our residents are preparing to bear the impacts of reduced roads and transit funding unless the Legislature provides us with new options.”

October 14, 2013
King County leaders recognize Disability Awareness Month
“King County has always been at the forefront of ensuring the rights of people with disabilities. I am proud to represent a county that looks past the differences in our residents and strives hard to provide equal access and opportunities to all.”

September 23, 2013
Enhancing the safety of region’s waterways: Council approves “BUI” ordinance
“Operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs puts all those using our waterways at risk. This legislation provides the Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit with one more tool to help keep our waters safe for recreational and commercial activities.”

September 23, 2013
Dunn: Efficiencies key to maintaining budget, restoring vital services in SE King County
“As the budget process goes forward, I will work closely with the Council’s Budget Leadership Team and the Executive to ensure we adopt a County Budget that serves the needs of all our residents.”

September 19, 2013
Dunn: Veterans Initiative helps repay the debt we owe to veterans and their families
“I applaud Executive Constantine for including funding for the HERO program and the Veterans Initiative that will be part of his proposed 2014 King County Budget. We owe these men and women a huge debt because of their service to this County. Programs like this are the first step in repaying that debt.”

September 19, 2013
Ensuring that King County’s young people can reach their full potential: County leaders propose Youth Action Plan
“Our youth are the future leaders of King County. Creating a Youth Plan is a sensible approach that will better serve the needs of children throughout the county.”

September 18, 2013
Dunn statement on proposed reopening of Maple Valley sheriff's precinct
“I joined the community served by the precinct in mourning the shuttering of a vital resource and I applaud Sheriff Urquhart for making the reopening of the Hicks-Raburn Precinct one of his top priorities since coming to office.”

September 16, 2013
County Council accepts report outlining King County Sheriff Deputy’s memorial
“Creating this memorial to honor our fallen members of the Sheriff’s Department is the right thing to do. These 16 heroes gave the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of the residents of King County and I’m very thankful this memorial is one step closer to being built.”

September 16, 2013
County Council gives it unanimous approval to the new name for Fire District
“Officially changing the name from Fire District 44 to Mountain View Fire and Rescue has been a long time in coming. Mountain View Fire and Rescue does an outstanding job serving the residents of the district and I am happy to support this legislation per the request of their board of commissioners.”

September 11, 2013
Council Committee accepts report outlining King County Sheriff Deputy’s memorial
“Creating this memorial is long overdue. I am so pleased that we have been able to come up with a plan that will finally recognize these hero’s that gave the ultimate sacrifice on behalf the communities they served.”

September 10, 2013
Council committee sends proposed name change for Fire District 44 to full Council
“The Fire District Board of Commissioners wanted to act in the best interest of the residents they serve. This change will do just that and I fully support the legislation.”

September 9, 2013
County Council approves interlocal agreement between King County and Maple Valley on Summit Pit property
“This legislation paves the way for the residents of Maple Valley to determine future plans for this property in a way that best suits their needs.”

September 9, 2013
Ensuring transportation access for all: Panel recommends development of low-income transit fare
“The advisory committee did important work on this topic. I look forward to reviewing the specifics of this proposal.”

September 6, 2013
Liberty High students celebrate installation of “Patriot Way”
“The students worked hard on this project and I am very pleased to have played a role in assisting them. It was a long process but the student stuck with it and in the end have their new street name and a lasting legacy for the Liberty High Patriots.”

September 5, 2013
County, Enumclaw sign Memorandum of Agreement on White River Tree Farm
“This is an important step in in keeping the White River Forest open to continued recreational use for County residents. I would like to thank Mayor Liz Reynolds and Executive Dow Constantine for their hard work and dedication to work towards keeping the White River Tree Farm open to recreational use.”

August 20, 2013
Community Meal Council, Hobart Blast and Greater Maple Valley Area Council Chosen to receive Community Service Area Grants
“The good work these community groups cannot be overstated. I am very pleased to see this grant money go to such worthy organizations that help strengthen communities and bring people together.”

August 20, 2013
Council Committee supports proposed interlocal agreement between King County and Maple Valley
on Summit Pit property
“This ordinance is a very important step for both the County and the city of Maple Valley. This legislation will give Maple Valley residents the ability to decide what the best use will be for this property, which will help shape the character of this area for years to come.

August 19, 2013
Calhoun Gravel Pit Surplus land sold to Soos Creek Water and Sewer District
“This legislation was a key piece of the puzzle in terms of future development for Covington which will ultimately lead to more jobs in our community. This is a great example of County and City governments working together with the Sewer District to reach a consensus that all stakeholders can build upon.”

August 16, 2013
Community Service Area Grants Awarded to Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council and Community Alliance to Reach Out/Engage
“The Community Service Area program—and specifically these grants—are a valuable resource for the volunteer activities these community organizations do for our community.”

August 16, 2013
Fairwood Greens and Woodside Home Owners Associations both selected to receive Community Service Area Grants
“Fairwood has a number of very active and community-minded Homeowner Associations that help make the Fairwood area a great place to live. These grants do a great job of bridging the gap between the County and residents that live in unincorporated areas such as Fairwood.”

August 13, 2013
Ravensdale Park project receives huge boost
“This is an important project for the children and families in Southeast King County and I am delighted to assist in seeing this project through to completion. We still have work to be done, but the State grant—along with the work the County and city of Maple Valley are committed to doing—this project will become a reality.”

July 29, 2013
King County Council Appoints Larry Jensen as a Fire District #28 Commissioner
“It was very important we at the Council act and act expediently to fill one of these openings. Mr. Jensen will do a superb job representing the fire District and I am thankful for his willingness to serve.”

July 23, 2013
Dunn testifies in support of Alpine Wilderness Additions and Scenic River Designations
“We will protect rare low level forests, preserve important recreational opportunities, protect wildlife and by designating the Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Pratt Rivers as scenic and/or wild rivers, guarantee clean water and downstream fisheries for generations to come.” 

July 22, 2013
Council accepts plan for integrated health and human service programs
“I would like to thank the panel for all their hard work in crafting these important recommendations.”

July 22, 2013
County Council honors veterans of the “Forgotten War”
“Anniversary’s like the one we are honoring today must never be forgotten. In King County we have a large number of Korean War Veterans and they and their families deserve our reverence and respect for all their sacrifices for this country.”

July 18, 2013
Proposed interlocal agreement between County and Maple Valley on Summit Pit property
“This ordinance is a step in the right direction that will ultimately allow the residents of Maple Valley the ability to chart their own path for the property, may it be a new high school or development that will lead to the creation of new jobs.”

July 16, 2013
Dunn, Sheriff recognize three life-saving heroes
“These heroes saw a problem and immediately jumped into action and as a result lives were saved. Our community is fortunate to have individuals like these in our midst.”

July 11, 2013
Dunn crowns the “King Critter” of the King County Fair
“This event is a great way to celebrate the summer season and a great time for all involved. I am happy to participate in the judging and I congratulate the winner, Snow White and owner Holly Rice. Thank you to everyone that helped make this a great event.”

July 10, 2013
Office of Law Enforcement Oversight presents recommendations stemming from 2012 officer-involved shooting
“It was informative to be able to review the facts of this particular case. I will continue to follow this process as the Sheriff’s office implements new steps to increase transparency and accountability.”

July 9, 2013
Councilmember Dunn turns over “retired” County van to Vision House of Renton
“Vision House has been a positive influence on women and children in the Renton area for a number of years. Handing over this retired van to help them successfully do their work is an honor and I am very pleased to support this fine organization.”

July 1, 2013
County Council sends voters Charter Amendment on the organization of public defense
“Public defense is critically important to our justice system. The voters of King County will now have the final say on this proposed model for public defense.”

July 1, 2013
Dunn thanks state Senate for funding for land purchase in Tahoma School District
“I would like to thank the Legislature for the Capital appropriation which was included in the final budget. This appropriation will aid in the purchase from King County of property inside the Tahoma School District. This property will be used in the future to potentially site a new high school to serve the Tahoma School District and ease overcrowding.”

June 27, 2013 
Charter amendment on the organization of public defense sent to County Council for final action
“This new structure for public defense in King County has been thoughtfully reviewed and amended to ensure equity and social justice principals were included. I look forward to seeing what the voters of King County have to say.”

June 26, 2013
Councilmember Dunn turns over “retired” County van to Camp Berachah Day Care of Auburn
“Camp Berachah’s Day Care Program has been a positive influence and served the greater Auburn region for a number of years. I am pleased to be able to hand over this retired van so that Camp Berachah Day Care can best serve the children that attend this fine organization.”

June 24, 2013
King County honors first group of HERO Program graduates
“When I drafted this legislation, I never could have envisioned how successful the Veteran Internship program would be in assisting these heroes make the transition into the civilian workforce. We have now all seen first-hand the success of this program and I look forward to its continued growth. I encourage other public and private entities to look into implementing this program in their own organization.”
June 14, 2013
Community Service Area meeting brings Dunn, unincorporated residents together to discuss issues
“There is no substitute for meeting with constituents and hearing their concerns directly. These meetings are a superb way to share information with local residents and hear what we as representatives can do to better serve their interests.”

June 11, 2013
Council adopts legislation ensuring equity for all County employees serving in the military
“If called to active duty our service members shouldn’t have to worry if they and their families will have continuing medical, dental, and life insurance benefits. We are asking enough of our service members and this is the very least we can do while they are actively serving our country.”

June 10, 2013
Councilmembers advocate prevention of elder abuse
“Advocating for our elderly population is something we all must take responsibility for. Setting aside a day every year to call attention to this important issue reminds us all that our seniors must be cared for and protected.”

June 4, 2013
Committee helps “pave the way” for renaming of street in front of Liberty High School
“It was a great undertaking for these students and a firsthand demonstration of Civics 101. I am pleased to be able to work with them on this.”

June 3, 2013
Voters to decide in November on six-year levy for Medic One services
“The Emergency Medical Services system in King County is nationally known for its success at saving lives. I look forward to the voters of King County determining the worthiness of this measure and I am pleased to sponsor this legislation.”

May 28, 2013
Council approves “retired” County van for Camp Berachah Day Care of Auburn 
“As we celebrate our 40th anniversary of providing programs for families, and summer camps for 4,000 kids each summer, this van is much needed and appreciated. Thank you King County and Councilmember Dunn.”

May 28, 2013
Council approves “retired” County van for Cedar River Montessori School
“The gift of this van enables us to more easily go out into our community, exploring our place in it and providing service to it. By choosing Cedar River Montessori School, the Metropolitan King County Council is not just supporting our school, but our school’s ability to make a difference. We are deeply appreciative to Councilmember Dunn for making this a reality.”

May 28, 2013
Council approves “retired” County van for Vision House of Renton
“With the summer months almost here, we need safe, reliable transportation for the children to summer camps, meetings and field trips. We are so grateful to King County and Councilmember Dunn for nominating us for such a nice vehicle for our Vision House kids!”

May 28, 2013
Surplus Vanpool vans prepare for new careers: Council approves donations to organizations throughout County
“I am always proud to take part in this van donation process. These retired vans serve a worthy purpose and assist many organizations in our region in better serving their communities.”

May 24, 2013
Councilmembers: Inspections and funding for maintenance vital for transportation infrastructure
“This tragedy is a stark reminder of the challenge facing us within the State Legislature. We currently do not have the financing needed to maintain these aging structures. As the Legislature continues working on the State budget, local jurisdictions throughout the State have a critical need for local option funding tools just to maintain and preserve our existing roads and bridges.”

May 24, 2013
County Councilmembers Dunn, Patterson and Sheriff Urquhart urge support for federal funding of air traffic controllers at Renton Municipal Airport
“This airport is critically important to King County and the region. Congress must act and guarantee that the Renton Municipal Airport and others like it have the needed funding to operate fully and continue contributing to the local economy.”

May 20, 2013
County Council adopts interim structure for new Department of Public Defense with four separate divisions
“Public defense is the hallmark of a properly functioning legal system. The interim plan approved today ensures the integrity of our system will be maintained as we transition to an updated public defense model.”

May 20, 2013
King County Council Honors Congressman Norm Dicks
“Like Senators Magnuson and Jackson before him he is a true statesman in every sense of the word. It is a privilege to be able to honor him today and present him with this recognition for all he has done for this region and for this country.”

May 20, 2013
King County proclaims Emergency Medical Services Week
“King County’s emergency providers are known nationally for their success at saving lives. The residents of King County are fortunate to have such dedicated and well trained professionals working every day to continue that success.”

May 13, 2013
County Council recognizes officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice
“It is fitting that every year we take time out to honor the fallen heroes of law enforcement. These men and women protect our communities day in and day out and deserve our gratitude for all they do and all they have done.”

May 8, 2013
Executive Constantine and The Trust for Public Land announce plan to protect Squak Mountain
“I congratulate the Executive and The Trust for a partnership that will keep this land available to the public. This stretch is both a valuable habitat area and a source of recreation for people from around the region.”

May 8, 2013
Councilmember Dunn delivers “retired” County van to Enumclaw High School Transition Program
“It was great to work with the school in providing the vehicle, which now goes into its ‘Golden years’ filling an important need and for these students.”

May 6, 2013
County Council approves blueprint for emergency medical service system
“King County emergency medical services are second to none across this nation when it comes to saving lives. Adopting this strategic plan will ensure the lifesaving services we offer will continue well into the future.”

April 30, 2013
Dunn and Phillips: Reichert takes steps to make Mountains to Sound Greenway designation reality
“We applaud and thank Congressman Reichert for sponsoring the legislation supporting the Mountains to Sound Greenway. He has been a staunch advocate for this important and unique piece of land. Receiving the designation of National Heritage Area, should it pass, would be a first of its kind in Washington State.”

April 15, 2013 
Building on the present, preparing for the future: Council unanimously adopts 2013 Equity and Social Justice work plan
“Everyone deserves a fair opportunity. I am happy to support this ordinance and continue King County’s long commitment to serving all citizens of our County.”

April 8, 2013
County Council acts to keep largest piece of unprotected forestland remaining in King County from development
“Preserving this land keeps this area a working forest, protects local jobs and guarantees that generations to come will benefit from this purchase. This conservation easement also helps to preserve land that is used by many county residents for a variety of recreational activities.”

April 8, 2013
Recognizing the fallen: Council adopts plan to create King County Sheriff Deputy’s memorial
“Memorializing the members of the King County Sheriff’s Office that have given the ultimate sacrifice to protect their communities is long overdue. I look forward to working with Sheriff Urquhart and the King County Police Officers Guild to ensure that these 15 heroes are never forgotten and that this memorial becomes a reality.”

April 8, 2013
Recognizing the fallen: Council adopts plan to create King County Sheriff Deputy’s memorial
“The city of Newcastle will never forget the sacrifice of Deputy Richard Herzog who lost his life while protecting the public in 2002. This proposed memorial is another example of our shared conviction that Deputy Herzog and his fellow 14 members of the King County’s Sheriff’s Office killed in the line of duty will never be forgotten.”

April 8, 2013
Recognizing the fallen: Council adopts plan to create King County Sheriff Deputy’s memorial
“The Covington City Council offers its unanimous support for your Proposed Ordinance 2013-0132. As a city that contracts with King County for police services, we believe it is important to honor our fallen deputies here in King County.”

April 3, 2013
County Councilmember Dunn, Sheriff Urquhart to Host Town Hall Meeting in Fairwood
The senseless acts of violence that took the lives of two elderly members of the Fairwood community and the ongoing investigation into this tragedy will be discussed by Dunn and Sheriff Urquhart.

March 26, 2013
King County Sheriff Deputies’ Memorial Legislation Passes Council Committee Unanimously
Legislation honoring the fifteen members of the King County Sheriff’s Office that have been killed in the line of duty has unanimously passed the King County Council’s Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee (LJHHS). Currently, there is no memorial within the County honoring those men who died protecting their fellow citizens.

March 19, 2013
Transit audit report: Metro saving $22 million annually
“The findings of this audit prove that doing more with less is not only possible but a true success story for King County Metro. Metro has more lean times ahead and it is vitally important that we continue to find ways to cut costs, improve efficiency and remain consistent in providing the top notch service that Metro riders depend on.”

March 18, 2013
County Council appoints Ketu Shah to fill vacancy in King County District Court
“The King County District Court plays an integral role in our criminal justice process. Ketu Shah is a well-qualified individual that will serve the County and our Court system well.”

March 18, 2013
County Council approves proposed settlement with public defense employees
“Public defenders are a key element of our criminal justice system and these employees deserve comparable benefits to their peers. This settlement will protect King County taxpayers from costly litigation and put an end to this long drawn out case.”

March 6, 2013
Councilmember Dunn proposes creation of King County Sheriff Deputy’s memorial
“Honoring the memories of the King County Sheriff’s Department who have lost their lives protecting the public is the right thing to do. We must never forget the ultimate sacrifice they made on our behalf.”

March 4, 2013
Councilmember Dunn visits cities throughout Council District 9
“We face many challenges in 2013 but these challenges provide us unique opportunities to rise up and solve these issues, making the County a better more secure place for our residents.”

February 28, 2013
Dunn to Chair King County Flood Control District
“Serving on these committees is a very important part of representing the constituents of District 9. I take this responsibility very seriously and I look forward to a productive year finding solutions to the issues facing King County.”

February 11, 2013
King County Council appoints Rod Dembowski to fill vacancy in County Council District 1
“We have a lot of important work before the Council this year and I have full confidence that Councilmember Dembowski will represent the residents of District 1 with distinction.”

February 11, 2013
Council approves members of Advisory Council for Eastside Rail Corridor
“I am pleased to see that this advisory council will begin work on this important topic. The men and women on this council will do an outstanding job and I look forward to reviewing their findings.”

February 4, 2013
County Council ready to focus on Executive’s plans to strengthen King County’s “infrastructure”
“Delivering services and meeting the needs of the citizens of King County are goals I share with Executive Constantine. I thank him for his address this morning and I will be thoroughly reviewing his proposals as they come before the Council.”

January 30, 2013
Regional billboards become part of the campaign to inform public about Human Trafficking
“I can’t thank Clear Channel enough for all their cooperation in this awareness campaign, they have been integral to the success of this process. This issue isn’t going away and I am pleased we are taking steps to alert the public about the horrors of human trafficking and where help is available to victims.”

January 30, 2013
Mayor and County Councilmember Dunn announce anti-trafficking campaign
“Victims of human trafficking come to our area from all over the world; some are even victimized here at home. It's essential that this message goes out in as many languages as possible, so thank you ClearChannel for helping us make this a reality.”
January 22, 2013
Council approves members of advisory panel on transit mobility
“Mass transit is vitally important to low income populations in our communities. I look forward to hearing back about the important work this panel provides on ways we can better serve those populations.”

January 18, 2013
Dunn: Memorial “fitting tribute” for fallen officers
“It is truly a privilege to help dedicate this new memorial for Sergeant Hicks and Detective Raburn, two heroes who lost their lives in the line of duty protecting the community they both so admirably served.”
January 14, 2013
King County and coalitions promote awareness of human trafficking
“Raising awareness and educating the public about the horrors of Human Trafficking is one of the best ways we can stop these crimes. I am very pleased that here in King County we are focusing on human trafficking and ways to combat it.”

January 14, 2013
Colleagues recognize, say goodbye to Councilmember Bob Ferguson
“It was a pleasure to serve on the Council with such a thoughtful public servant. I wish him all the best in his new position in Olympia and I have no doubts he will serve the citizens of our state well.”

December 10, 2012
Regional cooperation for a regional asset: County Council creates regional panel for Eastside Rail Corridor
“I applaud the Executive and the Port of Seattle for working together with our regional partners to keep the Eastside Rail Corridor intact for the public’s benefit. I am excited to review the ideas and proposals the newly created ERC Regional Advisory Council develops.”

December 10, 2012
Council adopts state legislative agenda that focuses on increasing revenue options, sustaining safety net
“The State and Federal Legislative agendas are vitally important to the work we do in King County. It is important that the County Council advocates for the citizens we represent.”

December 3, 2012
Strengthening protection of open space, integrating County Strategic Plan: Council adopts update of
County land use policies

“As the only member of the County Council that lives in unincorporated King County I take this process very seriously. The process this year was open and transparent. I would like to thank everyone for their hard work - especially those members of the public that took the time to testify before the County Council on these important issues.”

December 3, 2012
Taking Action to Address Climate Change: Council adopts County Strategic Climate Action Plan
“King County has long been a leader in addressing environmental concerns. Adopting the Strategic Climate Action Plan for 2012 focuses our goals as a County in relation to climate change and allows the County to set the proper priorities.”

November 19, 2012
County Councilmember Reagan Dunn Extends Condolences to family of Kevin Mahelona and city of Enumclaw
“His dedication to his position and working with his colleagues will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during these tough times.”

November 16, 2012
Dunn and Gossett call on Pierce County Transit Board to join Anti-Human Trafficking campaign
“Human trafficking has become a serious problem here in King and Pierce Counties and across the nation. Being able to use both King County Metro and Pierce Transit in a joint effort to shed light on these heinous crimes is an important step forward in protecting victims, alerting potential victims and the general public about this issue.”

November 14, 2012
Dunn congratulates McMorris Rodgers, announces arrival of newest Dunn
“I would also like to announce that my lovely wife Paige has just given birth to our second child and first daughter, Pemberley Jennifer Dunn, named after her late grandmother, Jennifer Dunn. Baby and mother are both doing great and I couldn’t be any more proud.”

November 13, 2012
Meeting current needs, focusing on the future: County Council adopts 2013 King County Budget
“I am pleased we were able to work together for the citizens of King County and pass a budget that protects the County’s AAA credit rating. In these challenging economic times it important we act in a fiscally prudent manner to deliver the best services to the constituents we represent.”

November 13, 2012
Soup Ladies of Black Diamond Receive New Truck
“The Soup Ladies are an invaluable volunteer group here in the Pacific Northwest. I am ecstatic to play a part in securing this vehicle that will help them continue to serve our community. A big thank you goes out to the Sheriff’s Office and the County Executive as well who also played a part in making this handover possible.”

October 31, 2012 
Councilmember Dunn turns over “retired” County van to Renton Fire Department’s Explorer program
“On behalf of the Explorers from Renton Fire & Emergency Services Department, I would like to thank Councilmember Dunn for the donation of the van By promoting the Explorer program through the use of this van, it will provide opportunities for our area youth to learn about a career in the fire & emergency services.”

October 29, 2012
Council adopts internship program for military “HEROS” in King County
“This veterans program will benefit not only those returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, but all veterans who as a group have higher rates of unemployment than other segments of our population,”

October 15, 2012
County Council adopts amended SODO arena plan
“Should an arena ultimately be built in the SODO neighborhood, the inclusion of the SODO Transportation fund in this agreement places a much needed emphasis on protecting freight mobility. In addition to the increased financial protections for the taxpayers, I believe this is a much stronger agreement, since amended and it will help to accelerate the return of the NBA to our region.”

October 15, 2012
Council adopts increase in transit tickets available for homeless and low income populations
“This one time subsidy is certainly helpful to our low income residents who depend on bus service.”

October 8, 2012
Ensuring transportation access for all: Council creates advisory panel on transit mobility
“King County’s Metro Transit serves as a vital lifeline to not only the County’s low income residents, but to a growing number of commuters who can no longer afford the cost of driving a vehicle. I welcome the creation of this advisory committee and look forward to reviewing their proposals.”

October 4, 2012
Dunn requests further study on economic and social impacts of cutting Downtown Seattle Free Ride Area
“For the businesses within the Ride Free Area, it’s an important economic tool. For the homeless and low-income residents who get to their appointments using the free buses, it can be a literal lifesaver. We should review what damage will be done to both communities by ending this service.”

October 3, 2012
Dunn and Phillips call on Sound Transit Board to join Anti-Human Trafficking campaign
“Human trafficking has become a serious problem both here in King County and across the nation. Being able to use both King County Metro and Sound Transit in a joint effort to shed light on these heinous crimes is a big step forward in helping victims and potential victims.

October 3, 2012
Councilmember Dunn turns over “retired” County van to Maple Valley Community Center
“I am very happy to work with the Community Center and hand over this great looking van to this worthy organization. This van will undoubtedly help them better serve our community.”

October 1, 2012
County Council thanks Bill Block for directing effort to end homelessness
“Homelessness is a serious issue in King County and across the nation. We are privileged to have had such a tireless advocate working on behalf of the residents King County. Bill Block is to be commended for all his efforts.”

September 28, 2012
Human Trafficking public awareness campaign to begin in January
“We must better educate the public on what human trafficking is, the problems it presents here in King County and how to identify victims and potential victims. This campaign is an enormous step in the right direction in our fight against human trafficking.”

September 26, 2012
Increasing public input in the 2013 Budget: County Council implements social media tools to provide more opportunity for public input in budget process
“Using social media tools like Twitter will open up the dialogue and allow for members of the public to further comment and provide more opportunities for us their elected officials to hear their concerns.”

September 17, 2012
Studying ways to prevent cyberbullying in King County
“I am very pleased the County Council has acted on this motion to study the issue of cyberbullying and cyber predators in King County. It is critically important the County is prepared and has a plan in place to deal with this growing issue. This study will ensure the relevant authorities have a full understanding of the issue so we can better protect the residents of the county.”

September 17, 2012
Council adopts legislation streamlining, renaming county’s permitting environmental review agency
“This legislation is responsive to the changing population and customer base of unincorporated King County. Unincorporated and an increasingly more rural King County are now the primary customers for DPER, so we are creating an agency that supports the services they require, expect and deserve.”

September 17, 2012
Council approves working “retirement”  for County vans
“These deserving organizations assist their communities in many ways and help make King County a great place to live and raise a family.”

September 17, 2012
Council approves “retired” County van for Renton Fire and Emergency
“The Renton Fire and Emergency Department provides important services to the citizens of Renton and Fire District 40.”

September 17, 2012
Council approves “retired” County van for Enumclaw’s St. Elizabeth’s Hospital
“St. Elizabeth—formally the Enumclaw Regional Health Center—provides important services to the citizens in and around Enumclaw.”

September 17, 2012 
Council approves “retired” County van for Maple Valley Community Center
“Since 1976, the Greater Maple Valley Community Center has provided important services to the citizens in and around Maple Valley.”

September 17, 2012
County Council Celebrates 40 Years of Clean Water
“Serving on the Regional Water Quality Committee I know firsthand the great work King County does to abide by this law and I am proud to be a part of continuing the great tradition we have in this region for being able stewards of the environment.”

September 11, 2012
Motion calling for County cyberbullying study moves to full Council
“With the dramatic rise in the use of social media it is critically important the County has a full understanding of the issue so we can better protect the residents of the county.”

September 4, 2012
Dunn calls on Sheriff’s Office to study cyberbullying within King County
“In recent months, all across the country, we have seen tragedies unfold as a result of cyberbullying. This motion will allow the Sheriff’s Office to study this issue thoroughly and ensure King County has a plan to deal with any of these troubling bullying trends.”

August 27, 2012
King County Council recognizes 30 Years of Conservation Futures
“Conservation and preservation are values King County residents take very seriously. I commend all the hard working volunteers and all involved who have made the Conservation Futures Program a successful one for 30 years.”

August 8, 2012
Sikhs Honor Fallen Worshippers
“Sikhs in the Pacific Northwest and all throughout the United States should never feel fear when entering their place of worship.”

August 3, 2012
Dunn helps crown the “King Critter” of the King County Fair
“I look forward to the Fair every year. This event puts smiles on everyone’s faces and it is a whole lot of fun for all involved.”

July 30, 2012
Dunn: Arena ordinance needed further study
“I was unable to support the arena proposal in its current form. I have many reservations about the proposed location, including the arena’s potential impact on existing businesses, future growth at the Port of Seattle, and local transportation infrastructure. Recent statements by a super-majority of the Seattle City Council, the Port of Seattle, and our state's transportation leaders are also reasons for further study.”

July 16, 2012
County Council recognizes accreditation of fingerprint lab
“AFIS is an invaluable law enforcement tool that plays a vital role in crime detection throughout the region. The system’s accreditation recognizes the expertise and knowledge of the county employees responsible for the operation of the program.”

July 9, 2012
Raising awareness, assisting victims: Council unanimously adopts Human Trafficking public awareness campaign
“Educating the public on what human trafficking is and providing information to trafficking victims on where to turn for assistance will help to combat these crimes. This motion is an important step in protecting our children and using Metro resources in a positive way.”

July 9, 2012
County Council appoints Dino Rossi to State Senate
“There is no better friend or representative to the constituents of the 5th Legislative District than Dino Rossi. Dino has the experience having served in the Senate previously and will ensure the interests of the 5th district are well served through November.”

July 9, 2012
County Councilmembers recognize the benefits of National Parks
“People travel from all over the country and world to visit our National Parks. It is imperative we continue to fund these parks and keep them in the pristine condition we see them in today for future generations to enjoy.”

June 27, 2012
King County Executive proposes $100,000 to continue 4-H youth programs
“4-H youth programs have played an important role in the lives of many young people throughout King County. I am pleased that Executive Constantine has proposed this much needed funding to keep these programs going into the future.”

June 27, 2012
Human Trafficking Public Awareness Campaign Passed out of Committee
“Human trafficking has reached crisis levels here in King County and all around the country. We know that educating the public on what human trafficking is, how the public can make a difference, and getting information to trafficking victims on where to turn for help works.  This Motion is an important step in our efforts to tackle this issue and I thank my colleagues on the Council and the Executive for supporting this measure.”

June 19, 2012
Arena investor Chris Hansen presents to Council Budget Committee
“Seattle has a long and proud history of professional men’s Basketball and Hockey as illustrated by the Supersonics 1979 NBA Championship and the Seattle Metropolitans winning the Stanley Cup in 1917. I would like nothing more than to play a part in bringing these sporting activities back to the region. That said, as a representative of the taxpayers I will continue to carefully evaluate this proposal as we move forward to determine if the County’s interests and thus our taxpayers are protected prior to making a decision either way.”

June 18, 2012
Dunn statement on Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods in Seattle
“As a former federal prosecutor and the former national coordinator of the US Justice Department’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program, I am thrilled to learn that this program will be further utilized by federal prosecutors and King County Prosecutors.”

June 11, 2012
Councilmembers advocate prevention of elder abuse
“Helping raise awareness of the important issue of elder abuse is something I am proud to be a part of. We must continue to do all we can to protect the most vulnerable among us.”

May 31, 2012
Dunn calls on Olympia to adopt legislation that toughens penalties on juvenile gun crime
“Supporting and passing this law is an absolute necessity. Not only will this law place stricter penalties on dangerous juveniles, but it also gets them the help and counseling they need.”

May 29, 2012
Shedding light on the battle against Human Trafficking in King County
“This is a form of modern day slavery. There is an indisputable link between public transit and the recruitment of minors into prostitution and we have the obligation to let the victims know there is help available and to make the public aware of the growing problem of human sex trafficking.”

May 29, 2012
County Council creates new opportunity for public comment at Council meetings
“This new public comment period is another way we can hear from our constituents and ensure that County government is more open, transparent and responsive.”

May 21, 2012
Greater community access, engagement part of Council’s equity and justice goals for 2012
“I am pleased to support the Equity and Social Justice Initiative. Implementing this working plan ensures the policies and programs of this county will better serve all of our residents.”

May 16, 2012
County Councilmember Dunn: Arena proposal will be “thoroughly vetted”
“In the coming weeks I will work with my colleagues on the council to see that this proposal is thoroughly vetted to ensure the County’s interests are protected.”

May 14, 2012
King County Council declares May 13-19 National Police Week
“Honoring our Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies by designating this week as Police Week is a small thing we can do to show our support and stand with these officers that keep us safe day in and day out.”

May 7, 2012
Arrival of RapidRide service in Ballard and West Seattle highlight adopted September transit service changes
“These new changes were crafted with the input of the public and will serve the passengers and the community in a more cost effective and efficient way. I thank the citizens who took the time to comment on these changes and I am confident these changes will be constructive changes for all involved.”

May 7, 2012
Council appoints Johanna Bender to fill vacancy in King County District Court
“Johanna Bender has impressive qualifications and I am more than confident Ms. Bender will make and outstanding addition to the bench.”

May 1, 2012
County Councilmember Reagan Dunn responds to violent protests in Seattle
“Tuesday's violent protests were not about the rights of working people. If anything, these irresponsible and illegal demonstrations made life harder on the working men and women in our community.”

April 23, 2012
Councilmembers approve study on creating internship program for veterans
“This is an opportunity to create a regional model for public and private employers that can increase employment opportunities for these heroes who protect our freedom.”

April 16, 2012
Council sends proposed levy increase for construction of Children and Family Justice Center to August ballot
“The issue of building a new Family Youth and Justice Center in Seattle is now in the hands of the voters. I urge the public to take a close look at the ballot measure and make an informed decision on this important levy.”

April 10, 2012
Proposed internship program for veterans sent to full Council
“The Veterans Internship Program will take important steps at the County level to train, place and employ our veterans and help reverse this trend of higher unemployment among returning members of the armed forces. We owe our veterans a great debt for their service and I look forward to seeing this program being fully implemented.”

April 9, 2012
Dunn proposes new tools to combat gangs in King County
“These ordinances will give law enforcement another tool to use against those suspected of gang-related activity. It’s a giant step in the right direction and I urge my colleagues to support its immediate adoption.”

April 2, 2012
Council honors Amalgamated Transit Union for 100 years of service to King County
The Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 587, representing more than 4,000 bus drivers and transit operators, was recognized today by the King County Council for 100 years of serving public transportation needs in King County

March 26, 2012
Councilmembers call for creation of internship program for veterans
"King County should help to provide our veterans the opportunity to apply the skills they acquired in our nation's armed forces--skills which would benefit not only King County, but any employer in our region."

March 26, 2012
County Council thanks King County Sheriff Sue Rahr
"Even through difficult budgetary times, Sheriff Rahr has provided steady, quality leadership for law enforcement officers serving and protecting the residents of unincorporated King County and cities contracting with the Sheriff's Office. I thank her for her service and wish her well in her next endeavor."

March 19, 2012
Council gives its support for designation of Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area
"The Mountains to Sound Greenway is truly one of the jewels of the Pacific Northwest. I thank my colleagues for joining me in urging Congress to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area."

March 19, 2012
Dunn recognizes efforts to combat Deep-Vein Thrombosis
"DVT awareness continues to grow in the public realm, but more needs to be done so people understand the signs and symptoms of DVT and can reduce their risk. In honor of my mother, I have worked across the country to raise awareness of this serious, yet preventable, condition."

March 15, 2012
Dunn: "Blue Alert" law recognition of importance of protecting public safety officers
"These are men and women who leave home every day knowing they might not be coming back. Any system that helps make the public aware of attacks on law enforcement is a step towards protecting them and assisting in apprehending those responsible."

March 6, 2012
Motion Urging Congressional Designation of Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area heads
to full Council
"It is truly one of the jewels of the Northwest. Congress should ensure its protection by designating the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area."

March 2, 2012
Dunn praises state Legislature for creation of "Blue Alert" system for law enforcement
"Law enforcement officers dedicate their lives to the protection and service of others. Providing them with a Blue Alert system shows we understand that an assault on them is an assault on the blanket of safety they provide all of us."

March 2, 2012
Dunn: Norm Dicks "A tireless and effective advocate"
"Thank you to Norm Dicks for a lifetime of service to Washington State. Norm has been a tireless and effective advocate for his district and the state as a whole."

February 27, 2012
Council supports "Blue Alert" for law enforcement
"These past few years have been especially dangerous for law enforcement, and a Blue Alert system will go a long way in helping to protect first responders and the public at large."

February 23, 2012
Dunn Urges Legislature to Create "Blue Alert" System
"Law enforcement officers dedicate their lives to the protection and service of others. It's time for us to once again step up and support them."

February 16, 2012
Dunn: Looking forward to learning more about arena proposal
"As a die-hard Sonics fan, I long for the days of 'The Glove,' Gary Payton, and Seattle's 'Reign Man,' Shawn Kemp. I sincerely hope Sonics basketball is in Seattle's future."

February 6, 2012
Council hails Executive's call for regional partnership for economic revival
"I've appreciated Executive Constantine's ongoing collaborative approach in working with the Council. As we move forward into the New Year, it's important that we find new ways to reform government in order to best serve our citizens. As Chair of the Regional Transit Committee, I will continue to work towards a more efficient and fair Metro system to maximize its benefit to transit riders as a whole."

November 14, 2011
Council adopts ordinance to support local farmers
"We are very fortunate to have so many great locally grown agricultural products near our urban areas. Farmers in our APDs need to know that we intend to continue to protect the business of farming and I believe this legislation sends a signal that we are listening to their concerns."

November 9, 2011
County Council approves "humane, efficient" 2012 King County Budget
"This budget is stable but builds on cuts from prior years to our criminal justice system. I am pleased that we have been able to restore storefront deputies and provide funding to fight gangs over the past year. I am also particularly proud of the Council's work in re-prioritizing the Roads budget to focus on services rather than administration."

October 24, 2011
Council recognizes Pro Bono Week in King County
"It is so important to maintain equal access to justice and an essential part of that are lawyers who volunteer their time. We honor that sacrifice today."

October 24, 2011
Council approves funds to maintain and expand 737 production in Washington
"Boeing put Seattle on the map as an innovative region and it remains a central part of our economy. Today Boeing has a lot of choices in a global marketplace. The Pegasus Project is the type of government advocacy needed to compete in the 21st century."

October 20, 2011
Metro on Target to Increase Productivity, Efficiency
"As a result of the new Strategic Plan for Public Transportation we will soon see the end of unproductive service and duplicative routes that will result in a more efficient bus system."

October 17, 2011
Council proclaims October Breast Cancer Awareness Month
"My Mom was very important in my life. For the sake of sons and daughters who depend on their Mom, women should be aware of the risk and the resources for early detection."

October 13, 2011
Dunn introduces ordinance to support local farmers
"This legislation cleans up a policy that makes it difficult for farmers to receive large deliveries. Hopefully this will make it a little easier for them to do their jobs."

September 19, 2011
County Council recognizes 125th anniversary of King County Bar Association
"The KCBA is so important as an advocate for improving the justice system and for connecting and educating its members. It's with great pride that we celebrate its 125th anniversary."

September 12, 2011
County vans sent into "working" retirement by Council
"The retired van program, especially in these tough economic times, is an excellent way for the county to assist these non-profits in serving our most vulnerable populations."

August 30, 2011
Dunn and Phillips Applaud Gang Violence Proposal
"Tough prosecution combined with an increased focus on prevention is just the right mix of solutions to address this serious issue. As a former federal prosecutor, I know the importance of the carrot and stick approach to dealing with young people in our criminal justice system."

August 30, 2011
County leaders unite on anti-gang violence initiative
"I was shocked and appalled by the shooting of 13 people in Kent recently. The incident started a gang war in South King County that is a very serious problem. These resources are desperately needed to respond quickly and forcefully. This kind of violence will not be tolerated in our communities. I applaud the leadership of Prosecutor Satterberg for raising the issue and to my colleagues for acting decisively."

August 19, 2011
Dunn Praises Voters for Reauthorization of the Veterans and Human Services Levy
"This levy extension is another example of how our community will pull together during difficult times to make sure the most vulnerable among us don't go hungry or without shelter."

August 15, 2011
Councilmembers "disappointed" by Council's decision to deny public vote on car tabs
"There have been numerous votes on car tabs through the years and the people expect to have a say."

August 2, 2011
Dunn and Phillips call for response to gang violence
"Prosecutor Satterberg and Sheriff Rahr need the resources to prosecute gang related crimes to the fullest. A message must be sent that we will not tolerate this kind of violence in our community."

July 11, 2011
New vision for public transportation in King County with Council adoption of transit strategic plan
"This has been a tremendous regional effort where everyone came together to make sure that the Metro bus system is as efficient as it can be. Through this process, Metro identified more than 450,000 hours of service from low productivity routes or areas where service restructuring could result in greater efficiency. This will serve to streamline our transit system through the difficult times ahead."

July 11, 2011
Council agrees to a "new model" for unincorporated communities
"I appreciate the service of our existing Unincorporated Area Councils. They have been working hard and providing our county leaders with the unincorporated area perspective for many years. I hope this new framework can build on those relationships and expand outreach to other parts of the unincorporated areas that don't have Unincorporated Area Councils."

June 23, 2011
Dunn on terrorism arrest: "We must remain vigilant"
"As a former federal prosecutor serving in the Terrorism and Violent Crime Unit of the Seattle U.S. Attorney's office, I was trained to be on guard for threats of domestic terrorism such as this. This incident is a chilling reminder of the threats we face right here in King County."

June 15, 2011
Regional leaders support new vision for public transportation in King County
"I am so pleased that we were able to come together as regional leaders and adopt a framework for moving forward into the next decade. As a transit agency, we face very serious challenges in the years ahead. Without this framework, agreement on solving our problems would be very hard to come by."

June 9, 2011
Protecting rights and safety: Dunn, Ferguson introduce charter amendment to make public safety
the paramount duty of King County
"The criminal justice system should be the top priority of local government. Without personal safety, none of the other freedoms that we enjoy can be realized. This charter amendment reaffirms the county's commitment to preserving public safety."

June 3, 2011
Dunn completes District listening tour
"Everywhere I went, I was told by residents that times are tough and the County needs to do more with less. It's why I stay close to my district so I don't lose sight of who I work for."

May 10, 2011
Council accepts plan on reentry of offenders into community
"I was pleased to put together a motion calling for the plan in July, and I am more pleased that we have adopted that plan. During these times of seriously declining resources, we need to do everything we can to position ourselves to compete for resources."

April 21, 2011
Dunn: Lakewood Officers' Memorial Act used to keep dangerous suspect "behind bars"
"This is the type of crime we envisioned for the application of the new Lakewood law, and shows exactly why we needed to give our judges more discretion to deny bail."

April 18, 2011
Celebrating environmental awareness: County Council recognizes Earth Day
"I hope all residents of the county will commemorate this upcoming celebration of Earth Day with President Theodore Roosevelt's words in mind: 'The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem it will avail us little to solve all others.'"

March 14, 2011
Council's priorities build upon countywide strategic plan
"Last year, as Chair of the Council, I led the effort to create a list of specific goals and priorities in implementing the countywide strategic plan. I am encouraged by what we have accomplished and grateful for the work of my colleagues in building on this and setting another ambitious agenda for the next five years."

March 9, 2011
Regional leaders support renewal of King County Veterans and Human Services Levy
The levy invests in critical services for our veterans and our families in need across all of King County. These investments are needed more than ever during these tough economic times."

March 7, 2010
Funding in place to begin construction of new South Park Bridge
"Today's legislation cements the funding needed to start construction on the new South Park Bridge, which is critical for businesses and residents. Working with local governments to secure funding for a new bridge was one of the Council's key priorities last year."

February 28, 2011
Councilmembers, Executive ready to work together toward "One King County"
"I enjoyed the collaboration in working with Executive Constantine during the first year of his administration. He has laid out an ambitious agenda for 2011 and I look forward to working with him where there is agreement."

January 27, 2011
Dunn urges Council to support victim-witnesses in criminal proceedings
"It is an extremely scary prospect for victims to tell their story in court. Imagine how much more difficult it is to be questioned by an attacker directly. To get victims to come forward, the criminal justice system must offer them some protection, while balancing the rights of the accused."

January 7, 2011
Dunn, von Reichbauer: Governor's ferry plan won't float
"In 2007, the state forced King County into creation of a local Ferry District by threatening to cut passenger-only ferry service. That has not been a successful experiment and should not be repeated."

January 3, 2011
Bipartisan coalition introduces proposal for renewal of Veterans and Human Services Levy
"While the county is being forced to eliminate human services from its general fund budget, we must maintain this modest funding source. It is the least we can do to honor the sacrifice of our returning heroes."

December 1, 2010
Dunn proposes "Priority Commission" to examine criminal justice funding
"The people told us in November that they won't approve new taxes right now. I don't believe they meant to say that the criminal justice system is not important. They weren't given the opportunity to prioritize where their tax dollars should go. I think they should be given that option."

November 15, 2010
Councilmembers vote against County Budget
"The taxpayers of this county are struggling and they are looking to the Council for solutions. I tried to offer some reasonable alternatives but my ideas were not taken seriously. Now we have a budget before us that makes people less safe."

October 11, 2010
Council approves reduction in jail fees for cities
"There is no question that the King County Jail needs to become more competitive. This reduction of fees is precisely the kind of cooperation we need with cities to fully utilize capacity at the jail. I applaud the Executive and our regional partners for their proactive leadership."

September 27, 2010
Council's budget leadership acknowledges that 2011 Budget will involve painful choices
"The cuts to our law enforcement system are deep. I don't like seeing the safety of the community on the chopping block and I will work with my colleagues to find ways to restore the worst cuts."

September 27, 2010
Council calls for Executive to examine feasibility of giving county employees greater flexibility over health care costs
"Salaries and benefits are the biggest cost drivers of deficits in the County's general fund budget. Until we are able to reduce the growth of King County government to the rate of inflation, we will face deficits almost every year despite growth in the economy. Consumer directed health insurance options could potentially save us millions of dollars and help reduce yearly deficits."

September 20, 2010
County Council recognizes the lasting impact of volunteerism with a "Day of Caring"
"It is important to recognize local volunteers because they add so much to the quality of life in King County. Our volunteers serve without the desire for recognition, but perhaps by thanking them and shedding light on their work, others may be inspired to join and increase the culture of volunteerism and community service in King County."

September 7, 2010
County Council joins efforts to turn teens away from tobacco
"Our goal is to make sure that young people and their parents have the best available information to help them choose not to start smoking. If they are smoking, we want them to know there is help out there to quit--that they don't have to go it alone."

September 7, 2010
Council approves sending County vans into "working" retirement
"I look forward to the van donation program each year. It is a small way to support and thank the non-profit agencies that work so hard to provide for the needs that exist out in our communities. King County's retired vans will supply these agencies with greater resources to carry out their missions."

July 26, 2010
Council requests plan for moving people from jail to society
"It's important that we as policy makers consider how best to move people from jail back to living constructive lives. Sometimes a very small adjustment will keep someone from reoffending. That's something we should think about and plan for."

July 14, 2010
Comprehensive reforms in labor policy include changes in wages and benefits
"King County labor policy reform is a difficult undertaking but it is absolutely necessary. Budget sustainability and efficiency will remain out of reach until labor costs are addressed and brought in line with fiscal reality. This is a meaningful step in the right direction."

June 14, 2010
Dunn and Lambert introduce tax neutral plan for Criminal Justice funding
"This plan honors taxpayers by not asking them for more taxes during this severe economic downturn. It also prioritizes our cops and courts by cutting back on things that are lower priorities at this time."

May 25, 2010
Dunn calls on Executive to plan for avoiding layoff notices for criminal justice agencies
"I have heard what our criminal justice elected officials have said about maintaining continuity in their departments while the voters are given an opportunity to decide on services. This motion simply asks the Executive to develop a plan for maintaining that continuity and send it to the Council."

May 24, 2010
Councilmembers propose "Tax Neutral" solution to County budget crisis
"Voters are demanding that government prioritize vital services while respecting the pain felt by working families across King County. We are finally getting to that discussion here at King County."

May 24, 2010
Council recognizes King County Municipal League's Centennial
"For 100 years, the Municipal League has served the citizens of King County in making government more accountable and advocating for reform when needed."

May 18, 2010
County must make "hard choices" before going to voters
"Before considering new revenue, King County must look at ways to offset new taxes with cuts in other places. King County taxpayers are struggling to crawl out of the recession. This is not a time to burden them further."

May 17, 2010
Council adopts plan to make data available to local innovators
"Political leaders like to talk about what a smart region we live in and how we are going to harness their knowledge to improve government. This legislation will allow developers and the media to use King County data in new and innovative ways. In the process, our citizens get access to more information and our government becomes more transparent."

April 26, 2010
Council supports implementation of program focusing on threats against police
"It is time for the county to embrace the use of multidimensional programs that protect citizens from threats while providing mental health treatment to those who need it."

April 12, 2010
Plug and drive: Council adopts policies for electric vehicle charging station program
"Electric vehicles are the future of transportation. We need to be prepared with the infrastructure to make them work. This is the first step toward a cleaner future. In three years, the Council will see what the next steps should be."

April 1, 2010
Dunn supports King County Sheriff's program to focus on threats against police
"Having a science and behavioral based program like this in place could have helped identify Maurice Clemmons as a person with violent tendencies and alerted the Lakewood police before they were gunned down last year while enjoying a moment together before work in their local coffee shop."

March 22, 2010
Repair of Federal Howard Hanson Dam a priority: Council calls on Congress to act on funds for interim and permanent fix
"King County is incurring costs to move its facilities, cities are incurring costs to prepare for flooding, the King County Flood District had to build a sand bag wall, businesses are trying to make long term decisions on where to locate and all of the uncertainty is hurting our economy. None of this is necessary if the federal government simply fixes the Howard Hanson Dam."

March 9, 2010
Council Committee receives update on new Domestic Violence Initiative
"This is a serious community problem that affects all levels of our society. Domestic violence cases plague our criminal justice system and affect future generations. I applaud our Prosecutor for proactively tackling this difficult issue."

March 8, 2010
Dunn applauds legislative action on the Lakewood Law Enforcement Memorial Act
"This is a major step forward for the protection of our community and the men and women in uniform who serve it."

March 8, 2010
Councilmembers encouraged by "Blueprint for Reform" presented by County Executive
"I was encouraged that Executive Constantine prioritized the key problems facing county government and proposed some broad solutions for fixing them. Many of his messages are ones that I have championed for years."

March 1, 2010
Council adopts enhanced oversight for County's high-risk capital projects
"We will no longer give a blank check to project managers in big, high-risk projects. This legislation provides for check-in points where the Council can say no if the project isn't working out."

February 22, 2010
County Council appoints Michael Finkle to serve as new Northeast District Court Judge
"As an attorney who has spent significant time practicing in District Court, I can attest that Michael Finkle will be a fabulous judge."

February 16, 2010
Council gives its support to state constitutional amendment denying bail to "Third Strike" offenders
"Protecting the public and those who protect us is the paramount duty of every government. This legislation is necessary and appropriate for the preservation of safety."

February 4, 2010
King County to offer data to local innovators
"This legislation will literally allow the smartest people from Microsoft, Google, Amazon and others to use King County data in new and innovative ways. In the process, our citizens get access to more information and our government becomes more accessible."

January 21, 2010
Illegal dumping ordinance a success
"We knew it was having an impact, but the report has shown us just how effective the legislation has been."

January 19, 2010
Dunn to Chair Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee
"The bad economy presents a number of challenges for King County government. Criminal justice and human services is where the rubber meets the road. It's where government interacts with the people we serve. I want to continue to improve the services we provide and make them more accessible to our citizens."

January 13, 2010
Dunn introduces motion supporting constitutional amendment that would deny bail to "Third Strike" offenders
"King County, the largest county in the state, needs to let our legislators know that we will support their efforts to protect the citizens of Washington State and the fine law enforcement personnel that put their lives on the line every day."

January 11, 2010
Councilmembers extend deadline on closure of King County animal shelters
"All of us on the Council want to make sure that the animals who need sheltering are treated humanely and have an opportunity to live in a caring home."

January 11, 2010
President Obama and U.S. Senate say King County has "Cadillac" Health Plan
"There is no question that King County's health plans are extremely generous but taxing a local government who is being generous to its employees seems a bit ridiculous."

January 11, 2010
Councilmembers recognize and honor Eagle Scouts for their service to King County
"I offer my congratulations to the Eagle Scouts, their families, and Scout leaders. Their achievement paves the way to a positive future for themselves and their communities."

January 4, 2010
Council appoints Jan Drago to fill vacancy in Council District 8
"I was looking for an independent minded person who could work with all of my colleagues. With Jan Drago we get that and a wealth of local government experience as well. I'm pleased to welcome her and look forward to working with her between now and November."

December 18, 2009
Dunn Applauds Senate action on Pratt River Wilderness Bill
"I commend Congressman Reichert for leading the visionary effort to add the Pratt River Valley to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. I knew from the beginning that this was something we could count on a bipartisan effort to accomplish, and I know Senator Murray will work until the measure is signed into law."

December 14, 2009
Council adopts funding for King County Fair and 4-H in 4th Quarter Supplemental Budget
"I'm hopeful that this funding can continue the fair that we all love. It was a real struggle to find this funding and I hope it is enough for the city of Enumclaw to put on the event in 2010. I am a true believer in its importance to our community."

December 14, 2009
County Council adopts Juvenile Court facilities plan
"I was pleased to work with the Executive and the Judges to finally make a decision to move this very important project forward. It was quite an effort to bring everyone together in a shared vision but we finally got it done."

December 7, 2009
Council Committee interviews 4 candidates recommended for Constantine vacancy in District 8
"I want to thank the advisory committee and the candidates for their work. Each of the candidates were very well qualified and would do a good job representing the citizens of District 8."

November 24, 2009
County Council receives 11 applications for Constantine vacancy in District 8
"The process is in place to quickly review the applications we've received. With input from the advisory committee, I expect the Council to make the appointment before the end of the year."

November 23, 2009
Dunn: Good news and bad news in adopted 2010 Budget
"Spending reserves to balance the budget is not sustainable. For another year King County has failed to address the structural budget gap created by too much spending and not enough revenue. Everyone is talking about the structural budget gap being a revenue problem. There is another side to that equation - spending. I'm hopeful that a new Executive can begin to address the main driver of the general fund, which is salaries and benefits."

November 23, 2009
King County Council unanimously adopts 2010 Budget that keeps basic services on the streets, cuts costs, and increases efficiencies
"I am very pleased with the priorities set by this budget. Public safety must be our top concern and this budget makes that the number one priority. However, we face an even tougher challenge in maintaining basic services next year. If the county cannot get a handle on the cost drivers of the general fund then we will be back here year after year."

November 16, 2009
King County Council adopts tax-neutral financing that maintains Metro bus service despite steep decline in revenues
"This is a real coup for taxpayers. We rolled up our sleeves and made Metro more efficient. Taxpayers don't have to pay more and commuters still have their buses. It's definitely a win for everyone."

November 2, 2009
Council recognizes 30 Years of farmland preservation
"Thirty years ago, the voters instructed the county to preserve farmland for future generations before it was too late. The Farmland Preservation Program has accomplished that goal and continues to be a tool for ensuring a future for farming in King County - which means a future where farmers continue and pass on their trade and locals can buy produce and other farm products that sustain the local economy and environment."

October 26, 2009
King County Auditor presents new findings on leadership, organization and operation of County animal shelter
"I am sorry to say this audit underscores the problems that continue to plague the King County animal shelter."

October 19, 2009
Council authorizes emergency funding for relocation of County services and protection of County facilities in flood-threatened Green River Valley
"This emergency funding to protect our wastewater facility could save millions in property damage. Preserving county services and protecting the wastewater facilities from damage are key elements of responsible planning and response to the flood threat."

October 13, 2009
Dunn fights for King County Fair funding after success of 2009 event
"At the end of the day this is about more than a fair. It's about supporting our rural communities, preserving that proud 146-year legacy, and keeping the door open to a thriving future for agriculture in King County."

October 12, 2009
County Council adopts reforms for public records disclosure
"Transparency in government is always what we should be striving for and providing standardized disclosure forms will assist our citizens in accessing their government and its decisions. I am confident that by incorporating the recommendations of our state Attorney General we are strengthening our commitment to an open process at all levels of government."

October 12, 2009
"Mega-shelters" being scouted to house up to 5,000 potential evacuees from the Green River Valley in the event of flooding from the federal Howard Hanson Dam
"The scenario of King County residents with nowhere to go - or worse, no way to get there is unacceptable. Evacuation and shelter planning will prevent thousands of valley citizens from being stranded."

October 5, 2009
County Council adopts updates to King County Farmland Preservation Program
"The updates will provide more economic opportunities for farmers and strengthen the program overall. The changes were crafted in collaboration with King County farmers, ensuring the program is practical and beneficial to the economic viability of preserved farmland, which is essential for there to be a future for local agriculture."

October 5, 2009
Council told that interim repairs to federal Howard Hanson Dam expected to be done by November 1
"We all know that with a potential catastrophe of this size, interagency coordination and communication is absolutely vital and so far I believe our communities are doing a great job of working with each other and the Corps to keep everyone informed."

September 17, 2009
Dunn introduces updates to King County Farmland Preservation Program
"The King County Farmland Preservation Program has allowed many farmers to continue to operate in King County amid significant pressure from development interests and property cost issues. The program has a successful history and is a key to preserving the presence of local agriculture for generations to come."

September 15, 2009
Another $3.7 million in annual savings and efficiencies identified in audit of Metro Transit
"I will discuss these findings with my colleagues and the Executive to see if there is a plan to minimize cuts to our regional bus system. I'm very hopeful we can come up with a plan that will result in minimal service reductions."

September 1, 2009
Up to $31 million in savings and efficiencies identified in performance audit of Metro Transit
"This audit will be extremely useful in our ongoing efforts to balance the Transit Division's budget. We can use technology already available to become more efficient and cost effective. In doing this we can reduce the time that buses run empty and drivers are waiting for their routes to start. I'm hopeful that these recommendations can be implemented quickly and thus cut less service than previously anticipated."

August 31, 2009
Council authorizes proactive emergency declaration in advance of potential flooding from Howard Hanson Dam
"This is just common sense. It's not a question of whether there will be severe flooding, but when. It seems to me that while we can't control the rainfall we can be proactive in preparing how we deal with an emergency."

August 31, 2009
Charging into the future: Council calls for guidelines for development of electric car charging stations
"I am excited about moving to greener technologies in the county but in order to provide a successful transition of the County's fleet to electric cars, we must have the policies in place to recoup our investment in these charging stations."

August 26, 2009
New risk of flooding from Howard Hanson Dam could threaten County facilities and require emergency relocations
"Potential flooding in the Green River Valley is a reality for which we must prepare now."

August 18, 2009
Public-private partnership urged as means to keep the King County Fair alive
"At the end of the day this is about more than a fair. It's about supporting our rural communities who are proud of the legacy they share with all of us in the county."

August 14, 2009
Preparing to power up: Dunn proposes County develop electric car charging station policies
"If we are going to embrace this technology we need to be ready to supply charging stations at our park and ride lots as well as other county facilities."

August 3, 2009
King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn chosen by Aspen Institute for Rodel Fellowship
"The Institute is held in high regard worldwide for its work on national and international issues. I look forward to serious discussions on King County's budget issues, law enforcement issues, health and social service and other issues of regional importance with my fellow classmates."

July 31, 2009
Dunn seeks support for human rights and fair elections in Iran
"How can we not offer our support to the Iranian people when they are fighting for the same ideals our county has embraced for over 230 years. We have an obligation to speak out against the government of Iran's violation of human rights, election fraud, and ongoing violence against its people."

July 30, 2009
Councilmembers call for comprehensive approach to close Metro Transit deficit
"These are not political gimmicks. These are hard policy choices that we have considered over a period of months. This plan will limit service cuts to a minimal level, while keeping faith with voters who adopted Transit Now."

July 22, 2009
Dunn calls for creation of a "Flood Czar"
"The Green River Valley is home to tens of thousands of residents, major employers and the region's largest warehouse and distribution operations. We need to have a dedicated person at the state level in place to coordinate the overall emergency response needs."

July 20, 2009
Crowds "Go Wild" at 2009 King County Fair
"The credit for the success of the Fair goes to the city of Enumclaw and Mayor John Wise. The Mayor and the City worked very hard in a short period of time to put on a fun and model county fair."

July 13, 2009
Council responds to State audit with call for increased accountability
"We are taking the Auditor's findings very seriously. King County has room for improvement and this legislation is a step in the right direction."

July 10, 2009
"Let's Go Wild" in Enumclaw: City to host King County Fair July 16-18
"This has been an event that I have been going to since I was a little kid and I look forward to bringing my wife and son for years to come."

June 29, 2009
Council calls for new rules to balance salmon habitat with swimmer safety
"This legislation offers another opportunity for the King County Council and cooperating agencies to keep our rivers safe for recreationalists, residents, and to support salmon recovery. Large woody debris is one of many tools for salmon recovery but its placement should not be at odds with public safety."

June 29, 2009
County whistleblower protections strengthened
"We want to encourage our employees to let us know when they see misconduct in county government. To do that they need to feel confident that managers will not retaliate against them. This is a step toward a more accountable government."

June 22, 2009
Ferguson and Dunn call for higher standards of accountability in response to state audit
"This audit shows us that there is work we need to do to make King County government better. It's time to roll up our sleeves and get to work."

May 29, 2009
Ferguson and Dunn propose reforms for King County public records disclosure
"King County has an abysmal record of complying with public records requests. We have paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars in court costs and fines. This is an area that's ripe for reform."

May 26, 2009
Council approves new life for retired vans
"These community organizations are reaching out to people who need something most of us take for granted - basic mobility. That is priceless."

May 19, 2009
Dunn completes District listening tour
"Everywhere I went, I was told by residents that taxes are too high and times are tough. King County needs to stop spending and expecting our citizens to bail them out."

May 11, 2009
Extension of homebuilding permits by County Council will aid struggling housing market
"These extensions will allow builders to get their work started without delay once the economy starts to recover. Making builders repeat the process because their permits have expired would needlessly delay job creation and stifle housing supply right when we will need it to help propel economic growth."

May 4, 2009
Council moves swiftly to fund protection of Raging River open space
"Preservation of the Raging River continues the legacy of keeping the Mountains to Sound Greenway green. King County's contribution to this transaction is integral to making the deal work. I am so proud that we have taken this opportunity and I was proud to help lead the effort."

April 24, 2009
Council Town Hall to discuss Mountains to Sound Greenway
"The Greenway cleans our air, provides habitat for wildlife and salmon, and gives us a place for hiking, fishing, and enjoying the beauty of our region. We owe it to future generations to preserve this Northwest jewel."

April 20, 2009
Dunn promotes preservation of Raging River open space
"The Raging River property is the largest remaining block of open space left in the Mountains to Sound Greenway Regional leaders before us created the Greenway and left it to us to finish. I am so proud that I can play in role in this major acquisition."

April 6, 2009
King County Council implements greater transparency in County budget numbers
"Transparency has the effect of holding policy makers accountable. If people can see what their money is spent on, they have more faith in their government. That is something that is surely lacking among our citizens at this time."

March 23, 2009
Council seeks efficiencies through expanded performance audit of Metro Transit
"In the face of budget shortfalls, we must run transit with the highest efficiency possible. Tough decisions must be made if necessary to provide optimal transit services to the taxpayers who rely on it."

March 10, 2009
Dunn encourages screening for medical condition that took his mother's life
Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn appeared today on the floor of Congress to increase awareness of Deep-Vein Thrombosis (DVT), the condition that took the life of his mother, and to support the work of the Coalition to Prevent DVT.

March 9, 2009
Stockpiled sandbags, better communication and faster cleanup top County Council's response
to future floods

"The major flood event of January taught us some hard lessons. Although King County did some things right, we discovered weaknesses in our response that this legislation works to address. I am confident the adoption of these measures will help us serve citizens better during future floods."

March 9, 2009
Council waives landfill fees for victims of illegal dumping
"Allowing victims of illegal dumping to clean up without having to pay the fees will empower people to keep their neighborhoods clear of garbage and discourage more dumping. It's a fair incentive offered by the County to enable citizens to help keep their community clean."

March 4, 2009
King County Councilmembers praise court victory against rural clearing limits in the Critical Areas Ordinance
"It is clear that an overly restrictive, one-size-fits-all approach to land use regulation is bad policy. I opposed the legislation before, and I look forward to the opportunity to create new policy addressing critical areas that acknowledges unique situations."

February 23, 2009
Enumclaw takes control of King County Fair
"I commend the city for stepping up to the plate and putting the Fair on with a very short lead time. The citizens of Enumclaw spoke out when the Executive tried to cut the Fair and now they are leading the way again. We will use this year to figure out how the fair can be sustainable into the future."

February 10, 2009
Dunn introduces package of flood response reform legislation
Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn today introduced a package of four reforms to address flood response and recovery issues identified in last month's devastating flooding.

February 2, 2009
Sale of Summit Pit clears way for open space, trails, housing and new roads facility
"With the sale of the 'Donut Hole' behind us, we can now focus on the most important details of how this development will come together through joint planning. My amendment to the agreement today ensures that the developer has the option of preserving conservation lands around the city of Maple Valley. It is important to the citizens of my community that they receive a benefit from the impacts of this development."

January 28, 2009
County Councilmembers form suburban caucus
"There are many issues where geography plays an important role in our decision making process. If we want to truly make the transition to nonpartisanship, I think it's important that we begin to change how we talk to each other."

January 26, 2009
Free flood debris disposal extended
"The residents in flood ravaged King County should expect the County to support them in times of natural disaster."

January 13, 2009
Dunn to chair County Council's new Government Accountability and Oversight Committee
"With the county in financial distress, the GAO Committee has a real opportunity to make King County more efficient and save the taxpayer's money."

November 24, 2008
Come to the fair: Council restores King County Fair for 2009, looks toward future
"The fair should never have been cancelled. It represents our heritage and our future. This event first started during the Civil War. The 4-H kids who show their animals at the fair every year learn valuable lessons that serve them and us well for the rest of their lives. I'm pleased that the Council agreed with me that it had to be saved."

November 24, 2008
Dunn's priorities for 2009 County Budget: fiscal discipline and law enforcement
"We moved the ball forward today towards a more fiscally sound general fund. By not spending all of our reserves, we left the budget in a better position for what could be a very difficult 2010."

November 17, 2008
Councilmembers call for task force to find ways to sustain the King County Fair, should it be saved in 2009 budget
"We will engage local stakeholders, community leaders and fair experts to revive the fair. With the right people at the table, I'm confident that we can develop a plan to revitalize this cherished event."

November 14, 2008
Major public safety, construction and repair projects are completed ahead of schedule
"While the Flood District has accomplished a great deal this year, we're already thinking about 2009. We want to ensure that the county continues to meet our targeted deadlines and make the safety improvements necessary to protect people, homes and commerce."

October 27, 2008
Statement from County Council leadership on unpaid employee furlough
We believe that as elected officials we need to make the same personal sacrifices that we are asking of our valued County employees.

October 27, 2008
"Extinction is not an option" in fight to save Puget Sound orcas and salmon
"We have a duty to ourselves and our children to restore our salmon populations. After all, the health of our salmon determines the environmental health of our county."

October 23, 2008
Dunn calls for cap on spending and creation of rainy-day reserve fund
"With the economy in crisis and with the already high tax burden on our citizens, I am unwilling to tax people any more. In the last three years, King County has enacted nine different tax increases. Enough is enough."

October 20, 2008
Crackdown on illegal dumping: County Council holds dumpers financially responsible
"Illegal dumping is a serious problem for public health and safety. It's also a significant source of environmental damage. We will now have new tools for catching those who would put our citizens at risk."

October 6, 2008
Dunn puts district first in votes on King County Comprehensive Plan update
"My district has a large swath of unincorporated King County. Some of the most controversial questions directly affect my constituents. I put the best interest of the citizens in my district first when deciding how to vote."

October 6, 2008
Dunn and Sims propose waiving the landfill fees for victims of illegal dumping
"We know we can't catch everyone who breaks the law, so we need to help the victims--especially those victims that can't afford the cost of disposing of the trash that someone else dumped on their property."

October 5, 2008
Councilmembers call for King County to get out of the business of operating animal shelters
"We need to find a better solution for sheltering animals in King County."

September 29, 2008
Issaquah-Hobart Road study gets go-ahead
"I am pleased that we can finally get to work on studying the congestion and safety issues on the Issaquah-Hobart Road. The road continues to get more congested, which is affecting our quality of life and the safety of our community."

September 22, 2008
County Council recognizes Purple Light Nights against domestic violence
"This group is raising awareness and sending a message that domestic violence will not be tolerated in our Community. Purple Light Nights is an innovative way to raise awareness and give strength to victims."

August 21, 2008
Getting tough on illegal dumping: Dunn introduces legislation to strengthen current dumping laws
"As a resident of rural King County, I see the evidence of illegal dumping every day. This law will make people think twice before they dump garbage on our roads or property."

July 28, 2008
Greater cooperation, safer neighborhoods: Council adopts Dunn Drug House Legislation
"This legislation will go a long way towards strengthening cooperation between property owners, tenants, and the County to ensure safer neighborhoods for law-abiding citizens."

July 22, 2008
Crews racing to complete emergency levee repairs before winter
"A lot of them were constructed years ago by farmers to protect their crops. Now these levees are being expected to protect hundreds of millions of dollars invested in homes, businesses, public buildings and roads. We need to do more to maintain and improve them."

July 10, 2008
Council Republicans call for repeal of Critical Area Ordinance's rural area clearing limits
"My colleagues and I urge the Council to act on this, thereby saving our county taxpayers two more years of unnecessary legal bills."

July 7 2008
County Council Republicans hail court reversal of Critical Areas Ordinance
"The CAO was a blunt instrument used to strip King County residents of their property rights. Today's ruling is a vindication for families who are struggling under the weight of these onerous regulations."

June 20, 2008
Board of Health acts to reduce risk of groundwater and shorelines contamination
"Protecting our shorelines is critical in ensuring toxins don't contaminate our shellfish and other marine life. As food prices increase, we must make sure we protect our local sources of water and food."

June 18, 2008
Dunn partners with Wal-Mart to save K-9 Unit
"I am pleased that Wal-Mart decided to fund this important program and has chosen to be such a good community partner."

June 9, 2008
Council calls for study of unintended consequences of using biofuel
"I sponsored this legislation because I believe we need to find out if biodiesel is actually delivering on the promises of reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout its full life cycle - from the soil to the gas tank. If it's not, then there is no sense in spending money that could be funding additional bus service or offsetting the impacts of increasing gas prices."

June 9, 2008
Council receives recommendations on protecting personal information of King County citizens
"As our society becomes more dependent on the Internet for information, I'm hopeful that this committee will help King County maintain an appropriate balance between access and protection of personal information in the years to come."

May 27, 2008
County Council confirms members of advisory committee on permitting
"County permitting is often a long, complex process that is challenging for working class families. Making our rules more transparent will lead to faster, more efficient permitting and reduce costs for everyone. I'm confident this Committee will find ways to improve the financial bottom line for families who are building or improving their homes."

May 8, 2008
Dunn calls for study to examine potentially harmful biofuel impacts
"Half the world is starving and we are burning food in our gas tanks. We need to rethink this policy and examine all of the consequences."

May 5, 2008
Council preserves options for rail and trail in historic agreement with Port to bring Eastside Rail Corridor into public ownership
"This is a historic day for the future of the Eastside. We had an opportunity to keep the corridor in public ownership and with final action by the Port we will have done it. At the same time, we were able to maintain our commitment to rails and trails."

May 5, 2008
Dunn expands bus service to SE King County
"Many citizens in Southeast King County want to take the bus but they just don't have any options. Now they have a few more."

May 5, 2008
County Council calls for rebid of federal tanker contract
"We have the best aerospace company in the world located right here in the United States. Boeing has the expertise and the experience to build tankers and they should get a fair opportunity to bid for a new contract. It's too important for our national defense and our economy to let this go."

April 28, 2008
Council backs affordable workforce housing in Renton, Kent and Burien
"The increasing cost of land, construction, and complex regulations have made housing affordability a top issue in this county. I am committed to helping residents, particularly seniors and those with low incomes, keep their homes in these challenging economic times."

April 9, 2008
"Misguided land-use regulations push middle class out of King County" --Seattle Times OpEd by Councilmember Reagan Dunn, Russell Hokanson and Samuel L. Anderson
"If we don't act soon, we know where this road will lead us. In the Bay Area, median home prices have soared to $850,000, with San Francisco leading the way as the most-regulated metropolitan city in the United States. Seattle is not far behind at No. 6. When it comes to the most-regulated states, Washington ranks No. 7 -- even more restrictive than California at No. 9."

April 3, 2008
Dunn Completes Annual District Swing
"The people I represent on the Council live in an area that is larger than the state of Rhode Island, with interests and concerns as varied as the communities in which they live. To best serve those communities, it is vital to build relationships and have open channels of communication with community leaders. They are the local representatives for the residents of District 9, and they provide me with valuable information on how I can work with them on a regional level."

March 24, 2008
More bus service on major routes throughout the county thanks to new transit partnerships
"The partnership program is an innovative way to involve businesses, cities and the broader community to expand our transportation system. With the amazing ridership growth we have witnessed in the past few years, there will be a definite need for more resources in the years to come."

Feb. 29, 2008
"Tax transparency" is in the mail
"King County collects taxes for hundreds of local taxing districts. Property owners can now have the convenience of paying their taxes through their mortgage and have a better understanding of all the services they are paying for."

Feb. 19, 2008
Lindbergh Community Pool transferred to Renton School District
The incorporation of the Benson Hill community into the city of Renton continued with unanimous approval by the King County Council of an agreement transferring the Lindbergh Community Pool--also known as the Renton Pool-- from King County to the Renton School District.

Jan. 28, 2008
Dunn Applauds "Donut Hole" Decision
"Now is the time to bring Maple Valley to the table"

Jan. 25, 2008
Noted legislator and coal miner Abe Morris honored at grand opening of new Chinook Building
"Through hard work and the admiration of his colleagues, Abe Morris grew to be the most respected mining official in his day .It is an honor to be able to name the 9th floor of the county's new building after this true pioneer from District 9."

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