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The status quo stinks | Federal Way letters

“Everything’s fine the way it is.” That’s what the Federal Way City Council and their friends are telling us. Do you believe it? Neither do I.

There’s always a bright side though, as the last city council meeting featured a single council member breaking from the rest and making a resounding statement. After a few citizens (most didn’t even know about this meeting) offered public comment on why Federal Way needs an elected mayor, Jim Ferrell also explained why he believes that having a mayor elected by and for the people is the only way the people can truly participate in a representative form of government. And in case anyone has missed it, the Federal Way Police Officers Guild supports the "yes vote" for an elected mayor.

And now I see someone else come forward to say "enough is enough." Mike Peterson has become an official candidate, and is challenging Jeanne Burbidge for her position 4 on the council. For those of you who don’t know Mike Peterson, he would bring a perspective to city government that is sorely lacking. Call it pragmatism, or just an awareness of what the problems are — and a desire to actually do something about it. He sees what we see. Battling a longtime incumbent is no easy task, of course. But hopefully the voters this time around will take a hard look at the “experience” that got us into the situation we’re in today. As Peterson pointed out, the very problems he feels compelled to tackle were created by the kind of stagnant thinking that epitomizes the city council, a group that has been there for a long time and seems to be quite comfortable just maintaining the status quo.

Do you want the kind of “experience” that brought us the transit center parking garage (three homicides and counting), not to mention a number of other costly decisions? Or are you ready for the kind of leadership that deals in reality and in consequences of decisions made? It’s simple. Either cast your vote for the status quo and for the benefit of Sound Transit, or give someone else a chance to try to put this city back on a path we can all live with. Readers, that someone is Mike Peterson. Don’t just take my word for it. Listen to what he has to say. See what he stands for. You’ll see what I mean.

Dave McKenzie, Federal Way

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