Kruller, Tyson square off for Tukwila City Council Position 6

The race for Tukwila City Council Position 6 features two candidates with diverse backgrounds and differing views for the city but both with a desire to serve the city’s neighborhoods. Read their interviews with the Tukwila Reporter at tukwilareporter.com this Friday.

The race for Tukwila City Council Position 6 features two candidates with diverse backgrounds and differing views for the city but both with a desire to serve the city’s neighborhoods.

The first-term incumbent Katherine “Kate” Kruller, this year’s council president, is facing Tukwila resident Charles Richard “Dick” Tyson, who says that following a close loss for a council seat in the early 1970s, he’s been working quietly behind the scenes in the city.

The two will square off in the general election on Nov. 3. Ballots will be mailed to Tukwila voters in mid-October. And, they’ll appear at a Candidate Debate at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 17) at  Tukwila Elementary School with other city candidates on the ballot.

Besides serving as council president this year (a position that rotates among council members), Kruller is also the president of the Board of Commissioners for the Tukwila Pool Metropolitan Park District, which owns and oversees the operations of the Tukwila Pool.

In recent years Tyson has promoted his proposal for a new City Hall campus, which he calls the Tyson Plan. His idea is to consolidate City Hall facilities on 14 acres of land lining Interstate 5 from roughly South 144th Street to roughly South 151st Street.

The model of his campus has been on display at city buildings, while the City of Tukwila has gone through an extensive process to decide how best to renovate or build new city facilities, including a renovated City Hall.

However, the city is not considering Tyson’s plan.

“We are pleased that Mr. Tyson agrees with us on the importance of developing a plan to replace critical city facilities, and we are always happy when members of our community take an active role in major issues facing Tukwila,” said Bob Giberson, the director of Public Works.

“However, the Steering Committee, which has been working on this issue for more than two years and includes several community representatives, recommended that the city move forward with a different approach for planning new facilities.”

That approach recommends renovating the current City Hall and constructing a new Public Safety Building to house police and courts. The 6300 Building next to City Hall will be used as interim space during the renovation and construction of the Public Safety Building.

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