The Issues

August 6th, 2013
Letter to the Community

We don't have to wait until November to change the direction of Burien. The August 6th primary gives us an opportunity to change the pairing of who is running for the City Council this November. The most pressing job before the new Council will be selecting a new City Manager and tasking him or her with a new direction for the City. The current Council has given us the results we see all around us. Without a change in the Council, we can expect more of the same. We should seize this moment, by taking the time to vote for change on August 6th.

All the candidates are underfunded. A $15,000 campaign (which is large in Burien) works out to less than seventy cents per voter. It is not possible to run a campaign that calls on all neighborhoods with that amount of money. That is why the candidates concentrate on just a few critical areas to get the votes necessary to win. When that happens, we all lose. Incumbents have a name recognition advantage that stifles newcomers with good ideas. We can counter that problem by talking to our neighbors about why our favorite candidates will represent us better than others.

Everybody's vote counts, especially in low turnout races. Burien averages a 30% turnout in the primaries. Remember, Gregoire vs Rossi was decided by just 10 votes in 2004.

If I talk to:

  • One neighbor I can change an election
  • Two neighbors I can create a landslide.

I am asking for your support to create a landslide here in Burien. Talking with your neighbors about which candidates will best lead us forward will make the August 6th primary a turning point for Burien.

The two winning candidates from the primary will have the opportunity to articulate their vision of a vibrant and prosperous Burien, where all the neighborhoods and the business community alike will prosper.

Please ask your neighbors to take the time to vote with you on August 6th. The future course of our City is in your hands.

Dick West