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King County Executive reflects on 2013

King County Executive Dow Constantine - Contributed
King County Executive Dow Constantine
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King County Executive Dow Constantine reflected on what he and his office have been able to accomplish in 2013, concluding Constantine’s first term as the county’s top elected official.

Constantine, who was reelected by the largest margin of victory ever for the county’s top spot, said he plans on continuing the work from his first four years into the next four years, and hopes to continue to position King County as a national and global leader.

“With reforms that have put county government back on sound financial footing, we are now in a position to do something extraordinary,” Constantine said in a press release from his office. “Our goal is to be the most forward-looking, most efficient government in the United States - a government as innovative as the people and businesses of this region - and one that can advance prosperity through equity, social justice and global competitiveness.”

Among the accomplishments Constantine touted were:

• Leading the nation in enrolling uninsured residents in affordable healthcare

• Creating a regional initiative to “map services of military veterans and their families so that all 127,000 veterans in King County have a clear path to the benefits and support they have earned”

• Reaching an agreement to preserve the largest piece of unprotected forestland in the county, 43,000 acres of the White River Forest near Enumclaw

• Voter approval of a county parks levy and a levy for Emergency Medical Services/Medic One

• Reaching the energy efficiency goal of using or producing renewable or producing renewable energy equal to one of of the County’s overall energy needs

• Adopting a budget that includes reopening the Maple Valley police precinct.

Constantine is anticipated to outline his plans for 2014 with his state of the county address, scheduled for early February. To learn more, visit www.kingcounty.gov.

 

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