Election season will soon be upon us again

Never too soon to look ahead to the 2019 council, mayoral races

The mid-term election is behind us and the outcome determined while Tukwila’s City election is less than a year away. It’s time for would-be candidates for city offices to step up and make their intentions known and to specify why they are running and what changes they believe the city should make and pledge to do so if elected.

In less than a year we will know the outcome of our next city council election which will be interesting because it will likely be a referendum on the policies of our city which currently reflect some of the very policies advocated by the progressives on a national level. That is, sanctuary city which we have via a city ordinance which violates federal immigration control and our U.S. Constitution as stated by the U. S. Attorney General which calls into question our city’s elected who pledged to uphold the constitution in their oath of office.

Our city has three council positions and the mayor position to fill and it’s time for those who seek to fill these seats to begin making their ideas known about the direction they would like to take the city. Past years new candidates wait much too long to announce their intent and to become active in making their ideas known, non-incumbents have rarely won for that reason. So for those inclined to run for one of these seats, it’s time to start by letting the voters know and plenty of time to door bell all city communities more than once during the next few months which is more effective than expensive purchased campaign management mailers.

Fair game city issues needing scrutiny and review:

• Rule of law (sanctuary city)

• Fiduciary responsibility ( Low ball $77 million LGOB)

• Public union endorsements (conflict or interest)

• Open public union contract negotiations (now secretly)

• High taxes and still rising (lack of transparency)

• Boondoggle travel (search for other city ideas to impose)

• Questionnaire Mailers needed for voter driven guidance

• Incentive contracting (holds contractors accountable)

• Incentive budgeting ( encourages city cost consciousness)

• Open council support for both charter and public schools

• Transparency of all council actions needed (no secrecy)

• Reduction to two lanes in TIB and Strander extension (dichotomy, slow traffic or speed up traffic flows?)

• Could the school district be better served by Highline District?

• Should the golf course be sold to backfill needed taxes?

• Do tiny cities really need a full time mayors? Most don’t!

And others, no doubt.

These issues need serious consideration especially since our city is strapped for cash in things it wants to do and needing to raise our taxes even further to meet its desires. With the council bogged down in other issues, several of which are not of high priority with Tukwila voters, three or four of the above could be implemented immediately.

In our recent city elections mostly passiveness passed for campaign promises and statements of the candidates’ intended actions once elected which told us almost nothing of how the person would vote once elected. Campaign literature often, very vague and evasive with some statements similar to ‘I want a robust city or a vitality driven city,’ without the blanks filled in between. Voters should not accept such vague meaningless statements and insist on knowing what the candidates’ really stand for. Over the years our elected has not faced tough scrutiny by voters but now with sky high taxes, even going higher, and questionable policies its time to hold our elected, who will stand for reelection, accountable for their past votes.

The lyric “they raised my taxes and I don’t like it but I guess things happen that way,” says it all. Acquiesce to tax increases is not the solution; however, as implied by the lyric, but letting our elected know it’s not acceptable in direct terms and follow up for specific answers is acceptable.

Bill Holstine



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