Best Starts for Kids passes Council 8-1
In a decisive show of bi-partisan support, the King County Council voted on July 22 to put the Best Starts for Kids levy proposal on the ballot for King County voters in November 2015.
- YES Rod Dembowski (D), District 1, North Seattle, Northshore
- YES Larry Gossett (D), District 2, South Seattle
- YES Kathy Lambert (R), District 3, Redmond, Issaquah
- YES Larry Phillips (D), District 4, Northwest Seattle
- YES Dave Upthegrove (D), District 5, Highline, Renton
- YES Jane Hague (R), District 6, Kirkland, Bellevue
- YES Pete von Reichbauer (R), District 7, Federal Way
- YES Joe McDermott (D), District 8, West Seattle, Burien, Vashon
- NO Reagan Dunn (R), District 9, Maple Valley, Covington, Enumclaw
Councilmember Dunn's "no" vote is notable since a large number of his constituents depend on the King County Public Health satellite clinic in Enumclaw. But, elected officials in both parties recognized both the urgent need and great potential to make things better by passing Best Starts for Kids.
Congratulations to Sound Alliance leaders who showed their support for this measure including Rev. Marian Stewart from Northlake Church who met with Councilmember Hague, Saltwater Church leaders who helped get a favorable resolution passed from the Federal Way School Board in Councilmember Von Reichbauer's district, and to all of those who gave testimony and asked their Councilmembers to vote to put Best Starts for Kids on the ballot.
The County Council has done their part in letting citizens decide whether to enable more kids to get a good start in life. Now it is on us to help get the levy passed in November!