Letter to the Editor: Vote to re-elect Doris McConnell

Sunday, November 3, 2019

To the Editor:

I strongly believe that Shoreline voters want councilmembers who run clean campaigns and present positive values.  Deputy Mayor Doris McConnell is that candidate. Doris served on Council with dignity and caring for the City of Shoreline. She promoted our City, small business at Shoreline Chamber and our Democratic values in the 32nd District Democrats. She stood up against discrimination, for our Schools, for our Parks, for our citizens and for our environment for decades.

Unfortunately, the Letter Sunday, November 3 (Deep concerns about re-electing Doris McConnell), presents an undeserved, negative and distorted picture of an outstanding public servant. And it levels a personal attack on me that is unwarranted. I have been proud to stand with Doris for my community against proposals for unsustainable development. She promoted sustainable growth, as did I. And I am proud to have stood for Progressive values at 32nd District Democrats, including against discrimination and nominated Doris for our endorsement. The 11/3 letter charged that I was for “stagnation.” I believe that Doris’ opponent is actually promoting policies leading to environmental stagnation by threatening our Urban Forest, Climate Change and economic stagnation by displacing thousands of innocent citizens, with rising rents and ugly development speculators pressuring defenseless seniors.

Doris has always, supported worthwhile causes, such as LGBTQ rights, Women’s March, North Seattle Progressives, Shoreline PTSA and more. She represented Shoreline nationally at the Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials, and locally on Regional Water Quality and Sea-Shore Transportation Committees.

Serving on committees and addressing responsibilities as executor of her father’s estate after his death led to unavoidable absences this year, but her many other efforts make up for some.

We both served on the City Council with many of the same values and goals. I proudly endorse her.

Please vote to Re-Elect Doris McConnell for a Shoreline we can be proud of.

Janet Way


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