Kenmore mayor David Baker eyes King County council post

  • Written by Don Mann
With Bob Ferguson’s victory in the state attorney general’s race, King County officials now begin the process of appointing his successor to the Metropolitan King County Council.

The appointee will serve the remainder of Ferguson’s term which expires Dec. 31, 2013, and the November 2013 election will determine who will serve the full four-year term in the District 1 seat.

District 1 includes northeast Seattle, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Bothell and a portion of Woodinville.

Among the interested in filling the position is Kenmore Mayor David Baker.

“I haven’t applied yet,” Baker said last week. “Nobody has. But, yes, I am interested. It is something that will warrant taking a long look at.”

King County Executive Dow Constantine issued a statement Thursday establishing a process to fill Ferguson’s vacancy, announcing candidates interested in filling the seat should email their resume, a statement of qualifications, and references with contact information to the executive by Dec. 3 at 5 p.m.

“The people of Council District 1 can be assured that I will send the Council well qualified candidates who care about the district,” Constantine said in a statement.

The Executive said that after the election is certified on Dec. 6, he will name an advisory committee that is representative of District 1 to evaluate applicants for their qualifications, their knowledge of issues currently relevant to King County, and their knowledge of issues specific to people living in District 1.

Preference will be given to experience with budgets, leadership, and community issues.

Baker, who’s been on the Kenmore City Council for nine years and mayor for five,  believes he has the qualifications the county is looking for.

“I would think if you look at my tenure on Kenmore Council and see what I’ve done over the last nine years, yes, I would deserve consideration. I’ve served on numerous county committees, been heavily involved in city issues across the district, because what’s happening in our neighbor cities concerns Kenmore.”

He used the reconstruction improvements of State Route 522, the major arterial that runs through the district, as an example.

“For nine years I’ve dealt with a lot of issues that are in common with our neighbors,” he said. “They know me and I know them.”

Baker is a 20-year Kenmore resident. His term at Kenmore City Hall expires Dec. 31, 2015.

He ran unsuccessfully for state senator as a Republican in 2010. Baker said the fact that Ferguson ran as a Democrat in the attorney general race should be a non-issue when filling his seat on the nine-member council.

“It’s a non-partisan position and I see it as an opportunity (for council) to show they’re indeed non-partisan.”

By Dec. 21 and after interviews, the advisory committee will forward the names of qualified candidates to Constantine, who will transmit three names to the County Council for consideration.

The council has 60 days to fill the position from the date it becomes vacant.

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