Metropolitan King County
Council District No. 7 Candidates

Lydia Assefa-Dawson

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Education: Master’s in Organizational Management, University of Phoenix; BA in Biology, Sterling College; Leadership Certificates

Occupation: Federal Way Councilmember; Financial Self-Sufficiency

Coordinator, King County Housing Authority

https://www.federalwaymirror.com/news/federal-way-councilmember-lydia-assefa-dawson-announces-run-for-king-county-council-district-7/

Statement:

 

Thank you for being an informed voter. Our County Councilmember has represented our district for 28 years. In that time, our region has changed and grown. It’s time for a change in leadership that reflects our communities and meets the urgent needs of our families and small businesses. I am ready to rise to the challenge.

 

As an infant I lost my legs in an accidental fire. I came to America, from Ethiopia, in search of opportunity. I have learned to live with my disability, but I fought for the opportunity I was looking for, all while raising three amazing sons. The journey as a working single mom was not easy. Having suffered housing insecurity and financial hardships along the way, I’ve dedicated my career to helping vulnerable families regain stability and independence during tough times. As we recover from the pandemic, these skills are critical to recovery across our region. 

 

I will work tirelessly for jobs and financial stability. I will create pathways for living wage salaries. I will emphasize job training, workforce development, and apprenticeships. I will work for veterans, displaced workers, and small businesses struggling to recover. I’ll fight for more affordable and supportive housing with pathways to home ownership.

 

With your support, I will be our voice for healthy and vibrant communities that create a culture of inclusivity and encourage health and wellness. I will continue working to reform our justice system and to create safer representative government institutions.

 

I’m proudly supported by fellow elected officials and neighbors seeking positive change. This is why I am running for King County Council. We need change at the county level. I’d be honored to earn your vote.

Pete von Reichbauer

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Education: Clover Park High School; University of Alabama, BA; US Army, Advanced Leadership Courses.

Occupation: King County Councilmember

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/jun/30/king-county-council-passes-new-limits-on-evictions/

Statement:

 

Together We Can. Whether it's building more recreational centers and sports facilities for our seniors and youth, working to improve transportation modes for South King County commuters or supporting public safety in our neighborhoods, Pete von Reichbauer is listening to, and fighting for, us.

 

Pete served on the founding boards of St. Francis Hospital and the Auburn/Federal Way Boys and Girls Club, and has been honored by FUSION (which provides transitional housing for families) as well as the Korean community and the Auburn Food Bank, for his commitment to helping others.  Recognizing the unspoken needs that exist in our community, he has supported mental health programs for English and non-English speaking residents, and started a program to donate retired King County vans to non-profits so they can transport people who need services.

From preserving the Hylebos Waterway and Bingaman Pond, to reopening Redondo Road and providing our South King County youth with softball and baseball fields, Pete has worked tirelessly to improve our community.  Instrumental in siting the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center and sustaining it as a world class facility for daily swimmers as well as NCAA athletes, Pete has also worked to improve the ways we commute by supporting the Sounder train service in Auburn and light rail in Federal Way.

The Seattle/King County Municipal League selected Pete as the Public Official of the Year because of his leadership in making government more responsive.  In addition, Pete has been endorsed by firefighters (IAFF Local 2024), labor, and job-producing businesses across King County.

Because of his record of working to solve problems, Pete has been endorsed by the mayors of Algona, Auburn, Covington, Des Moines, Federal Way, Kent, Maple Valley, Renton and Pacific as well as former County Executive Ron Sims.

Dominique Torgerson

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Education: Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice, Washington State University.

Occupation: Business Owner of Four Horsemen Brewery and Four Horsemen Concessions

https://b-townblog.com/2021/05/27/heres-whos-running-for-highline-school-board-port-commissioner-other-positions/

Statement:

 

We need government to go back to being servants of the people.  The words career and politician should never go hand in hand, but unfortunately it is now all too common, continually reinforced by greed and need to excessively control.

King County has become an extremely oppressive entity over its citizens, and it needs to stop.  As residents, workers and business owners of this county, we should feel respected, supported, encouraged and appreciated, but based on how this county is run, we are at the complete opposite side of where we should be.  I want to do my part to get us back to where we need to be.

I have lived in King County since 1989, growing up in a rural unincorporated area, where we developed an appreciation for the outdoors and rural life.  Prior to becoming a business owner, I had worked largely in customer service positions.  During my customer service years, I became a lead customer service agent where I developed and learned valuable leadership skills, and where I also became a Union steward for a local union lodge.

As a small business owner and resident located in unincorporated King County, I personally know all too well the unreasonable and ever progressing struggles of what it is like to live in the rural area, having to fight tooth and nail against the county just to be able to exist.

Our elected leaders do not seem to understand the wants and needs of those that live in the unincorporated areas, or maybe they don’t care.  Either way, I need to do my part and be a servant to our residents and try to undo and fix the ever-cascading waterfall of mistakes that continue to come from current King County politicians and policies they have created.   

Saudia J. Abdullah

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Education: Bachelor’s in Justice Studies, Georgia Southern University; Master’s in Public Administration, Kaplan University

Occupation: Community Corrections Director, King County Department of Adult/Juvenile Detention

https://www.federalwaymirror.com/news/saudia-abdullah-announces-candidacy-for-king-county-council-district-7/

Statement:

 

Statement: I am running because it’s time for new leadership in this area. District 7 is rapidly growing and changing. This community deserves strong, decisive and invested leaders who advocate for south King County’s best interests. I am an accomplished Executive Leader with nationwide experience working with large and small nonprofits, governmental and tribal entities.  I will focus on three pillars throughout my campaign:

Economy and recovery: I would like to highlight the business community and the strategic advantage of this area. As existing businesses recover from the Covid 19 pandemic, it is imperative that the council invest in and support these efforts. I am currently developing a plan to not only grow these businesses, but also bring more investment and expansion opportunities to District 7.

Education: The daughter of an educator, I understand the importance of accessibility. Too many of our students do not have access to broadband or strong internet services.  The county must support cities in increasing access to technology. It is essential that the county step in and fill the gaps to ensure student, teacher and staff safety.  It is time to invest in pre-apprenticeship programs, technical & vocational training for students who choose not to go the traditional college route.

Community safety: I’ve spent half of my life working in the criminal justice system. I know that creating systems of accountability are critical to improving public safety.  Investing in training officers to deal with those with mental or behavioral health issues is my priority. Reallocating budgets to include behavioral health clinicians so officers can focus on community policing is essential.