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Editorial board recommendations for the 2013 primary election on Aug. 6

Seattle Times editorial board recommends these candidates to voters for the key local races in the 2013 primary election.

Seattle Mayor

Ed Murray

Ed Murray's experience is stellar. Representing central Seattle as a state Representative and Senator for 18 years, Murray is the rare legislator who has written operating, capital and transportation budgets. He knows what is possible, and what is reasonably attainable.

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Seattle City Council Position No. 2

Richard Conlin

After 16 years on the council, Richard Conlin maintains a reputation and record of pursuing pragmatic policies. His position as chair of the land-use committee will be critical to the city's ongoing quest to develop more affordable housing.

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Seattle City Council Position No. 8

Albert Shen

Albert Shen owns an engineering firm that has worked at Sea-Tac Airport. He is vice chairman of the Seattle Community Colleges Board of Trustees and was a participant in President Obama's White House Business Council.

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King County Executive

Dow Constantine

In his first term, Dow Constantine focused inwardly on making government work better. He should resist the temptation to turn outward. There is more work to be done.

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King County Council District No. 1

Rod Dembowski

Rod Dembowski was appointed to the council after Councilmember Bob Ferguson was elected state attorney general. Dembowski brings a moderate, effective voice to the table.

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King County Council District No. 9

Reagan Dunn

In his eight years on the council, Reagan Dunn has been a vote for caution on taxes without being anti-tax.

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Bellevue City Council Position No. 4

Steve Kasner

Steve Kasner brings experience as chair of the East Bellevue Community Council. He has served on the South Bellevue Community Center Citizens' Advisory Committee.

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Bellevue City Council Position No. 6

Lynne Robinson

Lynne Robinson chairs the Bellevue Parks Board. Her work on and familiarity with Bellevue finance, infrastructure and neighborhood topics is solid preparation for council duties.

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Snohomish County Council

Ken Klein

Ken Klein, a financial manager working for a food-service company in Redmond, has the civic experience and preparation to step up to the duties and challenges on the council.

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Seattle School Board Position No. 4

Suzanne Dale Estey

Suzanne Dale Estey distinguishes herself from the pack with a solid background in education advocacy and community development.

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Seattle School Board Position No. 5

Stephan Blanford

Stephan Blanford offers a background steeped in community and civic work on behalf of public schools. A parent of a district fifth-grader, Blanford holds master's and doctorate degrees in education from the University of Washington.

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Bellevue School Board Position No. 6

My-Linh Thai

My-Linh Thai, a pharmacist, gained education experience volunteering for Bellevue schools. She served on the board of the Bellevue PTSA council.

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Port of Seattle Commission Position No. 3

Stephanie Bowman

The other commissioners appointed Stephanie Bowman to the vacant seat earlier this year after competition among applicants, and it would be a mistake for voters to set aside their judgment so soon.

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King County Proposition 1 Parks levy


Voters should approve King County Proposition 1 for parks to buy new parkland and ensure county parks are maintained. The owner of a $300,000 home would pay about $56 per year.

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