Dow Constantine, as King County Executive, appoints 10 of the Sound Transit Governing Board’s 18 members. Today he nominated three new members to the board: Bellevue City Councilmember Claudia Balducci, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, and new King County Councilmember Jan Drago. These three replace outgoing members Seattle’s Greg Nickels, Kirkland’s Mary Alice-Burleigh, and former Exec Kurt Triplett. All have solid pro-rail credentials.
Constantine also reappointed Issaquah’s Fred Butler and County Councilmembers Julia Patterson and Pete von Reichbauer. Of these, von Reichbauer is probably the shakiest from a “build as much rail as possible now” point of view, as he was one of only two board members (with Ron Sims) to vote against ST2 going to the ballot in 2008.
Constantine, Seattle’s Richard Conlin, Councilmember Larry Phillips, and Redmond Mayor John Marchione are continuing their terms on the Board.
All six of these appointments are subject to County Council approval, which should happen on January 11th in time for the next board meeting on the 14th. It certainly casts new light on the Larry Phillips maneuvers that got Jan Drago on the Council and broke the 4-4 partisan deadlock there.
And let’s spare a moment to think who the appointees might have been had Susan Hutchison won. There is certainly a crop of not-so-progressive Bellevue officials to choose from.