A HUGE crowd! Excitement! A reform agenda! A positive, optimistic message!
WHERE was that, you ask?
All at a 7:30am breakfast in the confines of King County! Round abouts 1,200 supporters gathered to kick off King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn's re-election campaign yesterday morning at the Meydenbauer. The place never looked better than it did filled to the gills with Reagan's supporters Tuesday morning. AG McKenna, Sheriff Sue Rahr, and John Carlson joined the program on stage while other notable political and business leaders were in the crowd. Even Dem councilmembers Ferguson, Patterson, and Phillips were on hand - although looking slightly uncomfortable...but Reagan's message was a good one for them and others to hear loud and clear.
Dunn made sure to plainly spell out his rejection of raising taxes during the recession and his disgust for the current budget practices resting on the county employee furlough days and lifeboat schemes.
But his message was not just critical -it was uplifting and forward looking. He focused on the truth that our region will emerge from the recession - and can emerge stronger if we can make tough but prudent decisions now, not the new taxes on economic activity like Olympia and other King County politicians want to impose. Turns out, Reagan's outlook on the issue mirrors what real live taxpayers in the county think too:
Maybe it's time for other politicians to open their ears to what their constituencies want and close the door on all these new tax proposals!
Reagan Dunn kicks off council campaign
More than 1,200 supporters turned out for Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn's campaign-kickoff breakfast at Meydenbauer Center Tuesday, his campaign reported.
Dunn declared his opposition to new taxes to deal with a projected $50 million budget gap in 2010, saying "the courthouse establishment had raided" county reserves. State Attorney General Rob McKenna, Secretary of State Sam Reed and King County Sheriff Sue Rahr also spoke.
Dunn, a former assistant U.S. attorney, was appointed to the council in 2005 and won election later that year. He's up for election this year.
You can also view a video his campaign produced for the event on youtube:
If Reagan Dunn represents the future of politics in King County, I'm pumped!