Hyper-partisanship not what local government needs

It’s not often that a newspaper reverses an endorsement late in a campaign because of a candidate’s actions, but that’s exactly what The Seattle Times recently did in a Bellevue City Council race. When you watch the video below, you’ll see why.

This type of rabid partisanship displayed by Bellevue city council candidate Steve Kasner is the opposite of the type of leadership local governments need. For a candidate to promise supporters that he will be “part of the tsunami that is going to rain down on those that do not have Democratic values” and that his opponent “could care less whether we live or die on this side of the city” shows that he is unprepared to be a community leader or to work productively with people of opposing views.

The Times agrees, writing in its endorsement reversal, “In Council Position No. 4, the Times is stepping back from its primary endorsement of Steve Kasner to support incumbent Kevin Wallace’s bid for a second term. Kasner has a solid resume of local experience, but a video of him making some divisive comments about his future colleagues suggest he might not be a force for unity.”

When Marilyn and I mark our ballots for Bellevue City Council, we’ll be voting for Kevin Wallace.

— Rob McKenna

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Rob McKenna
Rob served two terms as Washington’s Attorney General, from 2005 to 2013. He successfully argued three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and negotiated three of the largest consumer financial protection settlements in national history, all involving mortgage lending and servicing. He is a recognized leader in the development of consumer protections on the internet, in data protection and privacy regulation.