Municipal League rates city council and county executive candidates for 2009 elections

The Municipal League of King County released its nonpartisan evaluations of 113 candidates running for dozens of local offices. Ratings are available at www.munileague.org.

The ratings are based on four criteria: Knowledge, involvement, effectiveness and character. They assess each candidate’s potential to be effective in office and ability to serve the community. This year’s ratings are the result of the work of 65 citizens from throughout King County who volunteered for the Municipal League’s Candidate Evaluation Committee. They studied the public record, reviewed candidate questionnaires, checked references and conducted live interviews with the candidates. Each rating was carefully reviewed by the Municipal League’s trustees. Candidates received one of six ratings: Outstanding, Very Good, Good, Adequate, Not Qualified, or No Active Campaign. The Municipal League attempted to contact every candidate. Candidates were rated even if they declined to participate in the process.

2009 ratings

• Federal Way City Council position 6: Roger Freeman, Very Good; Diana Noble-Gulliford, Very Good; Troy Smith, Not Qualified; David St. John, Insufficient Info; Lorie Wood, Good.

• King County executive: Dow Constantine, Very Good; Ross Hunter, Very Good; Susan Hutchison, Good; Fred Jarrett, Very Good; Goodspaceguy Nelson, Not Qualified; Larry Phillips, Very Good; Alan Lobdell, Good; Stan Lippmann, Not Qualified.

• Federal Way City Council position 2 (for November election): Linda Kochmar, Very Good; Sonia Sciscente, Good.

• Federal Way City Council position 4 (for November election): Jeanne Burbidge, Outstanding; Mike Peterson, Good.

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