Even if I’ve written this before it bears repeating: Election season is one of those times when we should all try to pay attention to what’s happening in our City Hall.
This is particularly true this year, when voters get to select a new mayor, which doesn’t seem to happen too often in Tukwila, typically every eight years. But that seems to show that most of the time, voters are happy with the leadership at the top.
The last eight years or so have seen dramatic and mostly welcome development and change to Tukwila. The Southcenter urban district is realizing its full potential as a commercial, retail and residential center. And it’s much easier to navigate with road improvements west of the mall. Southcenter Parkway was extended, opening up what will become the next gem in the city – the Segale family’s massive development at Tukwila South.
Tukwila International Boulevard is a safer place (but still pay attention to your surroundings). The city is working diligently with its neighborhoods to find out what needs to be done to make them better places to live.
City Hall even plays a role in making Tukwila’s schools even better, through partnerships and in helping the families whose children attend them through its human services program.
I think this year’s mayoral election is particularly important. Mayor Jim Haggerton, along with his administrative staff AND the City Council, have laid the groundwork for a next-generation Tukwila. Haggerton is leaving the city in pretty good shape.
But a city can’t rest on its mayor’s laurels and must always keep moving forward and planning for a future that isn’t always clear. That’s a challenge.
Running for mayor are two sound leaders, Allan Ekberg and De’Sean Quinn (alphabetical), both experienced City Council members who bring a wealth of knowledge and integrity to the job. No matter the results on Nov. 3, Tukwila can’t lose.
The key in this election is to focus on the future, to build on the city’s achievements and to respect each other, no matter our failings. This election is not only an important civic event in the life of Tukwila, it should be a civil time in the city as well.