Rep Cindy Ryu to Seek Appointment to KC Council Seat

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Rep Cindy Ryu is stepping up to apply for the appointment to the King County Council seat vacated by Bob Ferguson, who won election at Attorney General.

There are already at least 5 others who've announced an interest in applying. King County Executive Dow Constantine will appoint a "commission" to review the applications and choose 3 finalists for the Council to choose from. 

Representative Ryu, who was first elected to the State Legislature in 2010, is the former Mayor of Shoreline, President of the Shoreline Chamber and insurance agency owner with her husband Cody. She has raised three children in Shoreline and holds and MBA from the University of WA.

Here is her statement to the district.


I am very thankful for the vote of confidence my constituents demonstrated for me in the November 6th General Election.  Bob Ferguson’s election as our next Attorney General has created a vacancy on the King County Council District 1 - which includes nearly 100,000 of the constituents I served the past two years as State Representative. 


I recognize that I can also serve you on the King County Council and stay closer to my community and the voters of the district.  So I am seeking the appointment to the open seat.  I believe I am uniquely qualified to serve as the next King County Councilmember because of my local and state elected experiences and skills.


There are many crucial issues facing both our nation and our region now, including transportation challenges, ensuring and protecting a healthy environment, sustaining a vibrant economy, and job creation.   As a former small business owner, I understand the importance of involving YOU in policy and decision making.   I believe that King County Council is where I would have greater impact and access for your voice, working on and helping solve the issues we are facing both locally and regionally in the next decade. 


We must address revenue shortfalls while protecting your pocketbooks.  We must find ways to sustainably fund services like Metro transit that our communities depend on.  And we must ensure public safety and protection of the public’s health and the environment with proven science and professionalism.


During my first term in the Washington State Legislature, my committee work included:  Transportation, Community and Economic Development and Housing, Business and Financial Services, and Rules.  Additionally I serve on the Joint Transportation Committee, Joint Oversight Committee on Trade Policy, and Working Families Caucus.  I prime-sponsored thirteen bills - bills that protected consumers, encouraged economic revitalization, insurance reform, allowing air rescue and evacuation services and also small business partnerships.  And I am a strong advocate for the protection of individual rights. 


My bills always took into consideration the well-being and safety of constituent families and the taxpayers’ pocketbooks.  I have always supported strong environmental protection legislation, including a greener Aurora project and Environmentally Sustainable Strategy.  Going as far back as Mayor of Shoreline, I fully support my neighborhood of Richmond Beach against threat of the Point Wells Development proposal.    


I would be honored to have your endorsement and support for this appointment. 


Sincerely, Cindy Ryu


Questions?  Please Call or Text Message (206) 605-1588  FriendsForCindyRyu@yahoo.com


The open seat to the King County Council will be filled by appointment. County Executive Dow Constantine will choose three names, and then forward those to the Council to pick Bob Ferguson’s successor. The LDs, and individuals, will have an opportunity to weigh in as part of Executive Constantine’s selection process.




The 32nd Legislative District Democratic Organization meeting will be held at

7 p.m. THIS Wednesday, November 14th at the Masonic Hall, 753 N 185th St, Shoreline.  Parking available across the street at Fred Meyer.



The 46th Legislative District Democrats’ November Meeting! 

Thursday, November 15th, 2012 

Olympic View Elementary School

95th and 8th Ave, 

Seattle, WA 

7:00pm - Social

7:30 - Meeting Starts



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