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JUNE 16, 1997

Local News

Olsen, Sterner file for council seats

Tim Olsen Ed Sterner
Tim Olsen.Ed Sterner.

King County Council Two area Republicans, Tim Olsen and Ed Sterner, have both recently announced they will be running for a seat on the King County Council. Following the primary, one of them will challenge Democratic incumbent Maggi Fimia in representing the 1st District.
   Olsen, a Bothell resident, is a heating contractor who isn't pleased with Fimia's representation. "She's not doing a good job representing the district. She's a one or two issue councilmember," Olsen said. He added that he thought Fimia was caught up in the stadium issue.
   Olsen cited three main district issues he would work on, including transportation, property tax relief, and crime. He anticipates a tough campaign, and said he'd be ringing the doorbells of many thousands of homes.
   Olsen graduated from Inglemoor High School in 1983 and married his wife Cindy in 1988. He ran for a post in the State House last fall, narrowly losing to Al O'Brien. He said he is planning a campaign kickoff breakfast on June 27.
   Ed Sterner, a Lake Forest Park resident, is a 45-year-old attorney in private practice, providing counsel to businesses. He said this was his first race for political office.
   For Sterner, the key issues are crime, transportation, and taxes. "I'm concerned about crime, especially how we handle juvenile justice, and concerned about how we're handling our transportation issues in the area. I think we need to take a much broader view than relying on fixed-route bus transportation. I'm concerned that the county has been raising taxes by the maximum allowed by law rather than attempting to limit increases," Sterner said.
   The candidate is a member of a number of local organizations, including the Northshore/Shoreline Community Network Board of Directors, Lake Forest Park Rotary, and Lake Forest Park Elementary PTA Board. He has volunteered his time as a legal counsel for the Southeast Legal Clinic, a guardian for King County juvenile court. He has served as president of the Seattle chapter of CIVITAN International which aids those with mental and/or physical disabilities. He is also active in his church and youth soccer.
   Sterner is also a member of the Audubon Society, Nature Conservancy, and the Mountaineers Club. "I think being a conservative can include being a conservationist," he said.
   Sterner said he would get his message to the people of the district through "lots of coffee and lots of doorbelling." Sterner has lived in District 1 since 1990, and has lived in King County since 1979. He is married and has one son.
   The primary is set for Sept. 16 and the winner will face Democratic incumbent Maggi Fimia in the November election. The 1st District encompasses Bothell, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, Shoreline, and parts of Woodinville and north Seattle.