Two weeks ago, a winter storm blew through the region and disrupted everything. That is, everything but politics, although there were some winds blowing there as well.
City Hall’s ongoing dispute with Sound Transit over delay of the light rail extension to Federal Way has recently become both more public and more unpleasant as hardball tactics have come into play. But two of the city’s initiatives may have resulted in one canceling out the other.
Remember 2012. It will be one of the most exciting political years in history. The biggest local newsmakers are likely to be Mayor Skip Priest and School Superintendent Rob Neu. But others to watch are School Board President Tony Moore and Federal Way City Council members Jim Ferrell and Linda Kochmar.
It was 43 years ago, and yet the iconic image of Tommie Smith and John Carlos standing on the Olympic podium in Mexico City is still seared into our collective consciousness as if it were yesterday.
Heads up political fans: another race in 2012 just got a lot more interesting and a lot more local. Recently, State Auditor Brian Sonntag announced that he will not run for re-election next year.
The race for a seat on the South King Fire and Rescue board of commissioners started with two of the candidates prominently displaying in campaign literature how much blood they had donated.
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.
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.