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Cary Bozeman

As a young city councilman running for election in Bellevue in the 70s and 80s, I remember being interviewed and evaluated by the King County Municipal League. It was a fair process and no one candidate took it lightly because you wanted a good grade to use in your election. It was my first experience with the League until a few years later when they honored me with a nice award for my public service.

Not just because of my own positive experience, my opinion is that Municipal League organizations are effective and make a positive difference in the communities in which they reside. I believe strongly that it is time we consider establishing a Municipal League in Kitsap County to enhance the overall caliber and effectiveness of government. read more »

My Turn

We finally have a state budget, one that took two special sessions and one regular session to reach an agreement. Going back to last summer, the leadership in Olympia knew we had a budget problem, but we didn’t get across the finish line until they started to realize that dragging the budget efforts into a third special session would get the voting public upset.

So why did it take so long? First, we had a lame duck governor who had little or no leverage in bring-ing the two parties to the table. (Lord knows she tried, but we call it lame duck for a reason.) Then the Republican Senate went rogue when it recruited three members of the Democratic Party and announced a budget without informing the governor. read more »

My Turn

There are two kinds of politicians, the ones who run to be somebody and the ones who run to get something done. The first kind join every committee, study things to death, show up at every ribbon cutting, and keep getting re-elected. They rarely get anything of significance accomplished because they are not willing to hold themselves accountable for doing what they say they are going to do. It’s called the safe way to remain in public office.

Then there are the second kind of politicians, my favorites, who run because they have a passion to serve people by getting things done and leaving the place better than they found it. read more »

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