Bob Roegner

School board election shakeup in Federal Way | Bob Roegner

The race between Liz Drake and Danny Peterson for the Federal Way School Board presented two very capable candidates. Either would be a good school board member.

Council candidate review: Honda-Flygare, Duclos-Tyler | Bob Roegner

All four candidates bring skills and passion, and would contribute to the Federal Way City Council in different ways. Voters, do your homework.

Dovey-Celski council race is one to watch | Bob Roegner

The race between incumbent city council member Jack Dovey and challenger Bob Celski may not only be the most interesting of the council races, but it may have the most impact on Federal Way government.

Strong mayor era reshapes Federal Way government | Bob Roegner

Last week, we looked at the structural alignments and the symbols of power in the new mayor-council form of government. This week, we will take a closer look at how implementation is affecting issues and policy in Federal Way.

Examining the mayor’s power | Bob Roegner

In 2009, Federal Way voters significantly altered the political and managerial structure of City Hall from council-manager to mayor-council.

Should the superintendent live in Federal Way? | Bob Roegner

How important is it that the superintendent of schools lives in the district?

Weird news from outside Federal Way | Bob Roegner

Well, here we go again. It’s 6 a.m. and time for another day on the treadmill. It seems to be staying dark later, and somehow that makes this daily agony even less enjoyable.

Behind the scenes: King County car tab fee | Bob Roegner

In politics, what goes on behind the scenes is always far more interesting than what goes on in public. The recent vote by the King County Council on adding a $20 charge to your car tabs to pay for bus transit is illustrative.

No surprises in primary election | Bob Roegner

It wasn’t a surprise that Federal Way City Council candidate Susan Honda came out of the primary leading three other contenders. Or that Roger Flygare finished second. The surprise was the margin.

Political dynamics behind light rail | Bob Roegner

Recently, Mayor Skip Priest and the Federal Way City Council unveiled their plan to challenge Sound Transit’s decision to put off light rail service to Federal Way from 2023 to 2040.

Eastside politics waft into Federal Way | Bob Roegner

Next week is the end of the primary season, which determines who will go on to the general election in November.

Then and now: 5 years of politics in Federal Way | Bob Roegner

Five years doesn’t seem like a long time? Through the forbearance of three different publishers, one hearty editor, several patient Mirror staffers and, of course, you as readers, I have been writing this column for that long.

Analysis of Federal Way primary candidates | Bob Roegner

For the majority of Federal Way voters who were unable to attend the debate between candidates for the school board and city council, you missed a great opportunity to see the candidates in action.

Washington’s changing political landscape | Bob Roegner

In the past three weeks, the political landscape has changed more than the Mariners roster.

For downtown Federal Way, whose compass do we follow? | Roegner

Many cities seek a community definition with the image their downtown presents. But Federal Way has evolved into what it is today, rather than having been planned.

Q&A: Power of a strong mayor | Bob Roegner

My recent two-part column about the change in Federal Way’s form of government resulted in several questions from readers. Under the theory that others might have the same questions, I will share them with you.

Candidates to watch in Federal Way | Bob Roegner

For a while, I thought we weren’t going to have any races for the Federal Way City Council or Federal Way School Board to keep track of — and that we would have a boring summer.

Getting to know and appreciate Gov. Gregoire | Bob Roegner

In what came as a surprise to almost no one, Gov. Christine Gregoire announced last week that she will not seek re-election to a third term.

Better business decisions in Federal Way? | Letters

Bob Roegner brings up interesting points about Mayor Skip Priest’s managerial responsibilities regarding Branches Garden Center.

Business dilemma tests Federal Way mayor | Bob Roegner

Like the other candidates for Federal Way mayor last year, Skip Priest made the commitment “to have a business-friendly City Hall.”