The Stranger Endorses Joe Nguyen!
THE STRANGER — What if we had a county executive who spearheaded meaningful policy without having to be yelled at for years? An executive who didn’t stand in Seattle’s way because he thinks he knows better? An executive who’s had a sense of urgency to make progressive change since he started running for office?
For the first time in years, there are 2 serious candidates for King County executive
SEATTLE TIMES — King County voters will have a real choice this year as they select an executive to lead the state’s largest county for the next four years.
That doesn’t seem like it should be news. It’s a pretty low bar to clear — can we get just two people, running serious, funded campaigns, who want to lead the 12th largest county in the country, overseeing an annual budget of more than $6 billion?
But we haven’t cleared that bar in more than a decade.
The Urbanist Endorses Joe Nguyen
THE URBANIST — Dow Constantine hasn’t faced a strong challenger since winning his seat in 2009, but he’s found one now in State Senator Joe Nguyen.
Joe Nguyen Is Running for King County Executive
THE STRANGER — Over the course of his three years [Sen. Nguyen] introduced (what shouldn’t be but are) aspirational bills to tax excess compensation and to eliminate bullshit traffic stops. He passed bills to expand the state’s welfare program and to invest more money in its dried up coffers, create a better-trained pool of police arbitrators, place restrictions on attempts to scan our faces, and institute a progressive tweak to the real estate excise tax that raised cash money.
State Sen. Joe Nguyen challenges Dow Constantine for King County executive
KING5 — “What’s interesting is that people have shown that they need leaders who will step up and do the work and not just show up for photo ops or press conferences,” Nguyen said. “Candidly, I ran for office against 11 other people that I wasn’t supposed to win, because I wasn’t part of the political establishment. I think right now, people are just tired of how politics works or doesn’t work.”
Joe Nguyen challenging Dow Constantine for King County executive
CROSSCUT — “I want to run because I think the pandemic really exposed a lot of inequities communities have faced for a long time,” Nguyen said Monday. “For too long we have had leaders who haven’t delivered for the community on things that are important for all of us.” Nguyen, the son of Vietnamese refugees, added, “When you have been impacted by a failed policy in the past, it gives you the sense of urgency to fight to fix them in the future as well.”