Evan Smith: Shoreline Council candidates Eggen and McClelland get highest rating from Municipal League

Sunday, July 31, 2011

By Evan Smith
ShorelineAreaNews Politics Writer

Two Shoreline City Council candidates, Chris Eggen and Robin McClelland have won the highest rating, “outstanding” from the Municipal League of King County.

The League gave the “outstanding” rating to one-term incumbent Councilman Eggen and gave his opponent, longtime community activist William Hubbell, its second highest rating, “Very Good.”

McClelland, a former City Planning Commission member, also got an “outstanding” rating, Her opponent, attorney Jesse Salomon, got the League’s second lowest rating, “adequate.” The two are running for the seat left open by the retirement of one-term incumbent Councilman Terry Scott.

In the third Shoreline Council contest on the November ballot, one-term incumbent Councilwoman Doris McConnell got a “good” rating, while her opponent, former Shoreline Councilwoman Janet Way was rated “adequate.”

None of the Shoreline Council candidates got the League’s lowest rating. “Not qualified.”

The non-partisan League gave its five ratings – outstanding, very good, good, adequate and not qualified – to City candidates in Bellevue, Federal Way, Redmond, Renton, Seattle and Shoreline, in the Bellevue and Seattle school districts, for King County offices and for Seattle Port Commission positions.

League ratings did not include the City of Lake Forest Park or the Shoreline School District.

Incumbent King County Elections Manager Sherrill Huff was rated “very good,” while opponent Mark Greene was rated “not qualified.”

The League rated Port Commission incumbent Bill Bryant “outstanding” and challenger Dean Willard as “Good.” Another Port incumbent, Gael Tarleton was rated “Outstanding,” while opponent Richard Pope was rated “Not Qualified.”

League ratings are based on candidates’ responses to questionnaires and League committee interviews with the candidates.

To see all League ratings and candidate responses to the questionnaires, go to their website.

A League representative said last year that the League has neither a liberal nor a conservative bias but rather a “bias for competence.”

The League web site says this: “The ratings are not endorsements. They assess each candidate's potential to be effective in office and ability to serve the community.”


Anonymous,  August 15, 2011 at 10:27 PM  

How has William Hubbell been a community activist? Also, what is the type of business he has managed? It would help voters know him better if this was known.

Evan Smith (not anonymous),  August 16, 2011 at 7:12 AM  

I'll ask him what business he was in after the primary.
This is from Hubbell's announcement:
"I've been an active member of the Shoreline community for the past 20 years, serving on local committees and volunteering in my children’s activities; I have also been a strong leader in the business community. "This is why I am running for Shoreline City Council Position #2.
"As a former business leader, I know how to communicate effectively and to build common ground when working with those who may not share the same ideas or goals. The Shoreline City Council has numerous goals, including working with residents to implement new development regulations, provide safe, efficient, and effective infrastructure, improve economic development, foster community engagement, and create a healthier and safer city for our families. I believe that I have the expertise to accomplish the council’s goals.
"I welcome any input from community members and am committed to putting your needs and concerns at the forefront of all decisions. The City of Shoreline is where I make my home because of the wonderful people; schools, businesses, and my vested interest in helping this great city reach its full potential. As your council- member I will do my absolute best to keep the citizens of Shoreline proud of their community."

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