Metropolitan King County Council candidate Claudia Balducci matches a deep civic résumé with a passion for difficult issues.

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CLAUDIA Balducci could be an excellent addition to the Metropolitan King County Council.

Running for the council district representing the Eastside, she certainly has the résumé. She is the mayor of Bellevue, and has served 12 years on the Bellevue City Council. She’s on the Sound Transit Board. She’s an attorney, a neighborhood activist and has led the King County Jail division.

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Claudia Balducci

Claudia Balducci

King County Council District 6

Strengths: Balducci is the mayor of Bellevue and served 12 years on the city council. She has the grit for tackling difficult issues.

Balducci could be an excellent replacement if she is willing to be a strong legislative-branch check on the King County Executive’s office, where she had a high-level position... If Balducci puts her district’s needs first, she would provide an infusion of rigor to the council."

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Balducci matches the experience with a grit and energy for tackling difficult issues. She shepherded Bellevue through a contentious planning process for Sound Transit’s East Link expansion and was King County’s point person on a controversial but badly needed new juvenile courthouse and detention center.

Her opponent, incumbent Jane Hague, has a 20-year tenure on the council. Hague’s moderate political views have served the Eastside for years, but she also has earned a reputation for glancing past issues and meetings. Despite her reputation as a budget hawk, Hague failed to question the need for King County’s Metro levy last year, which failed badly in her district.

Balducci could be an excellent replacement if she is willing to be a strong legislative-branch check on the King County Executive’s office, where she had a high-level position. Independence is at a premium. If Balducci puts her district’s needs first, she would provide an infusion of rigor to the council.

Her reputation and record suggests she will. Balducci has proven to be a leader with an intellectual honesty. She set aside contentious partisanship on the Bellevue City Council to hammer out the Sound Transit deal. And she is in tune with changing demographics on the Eastside.

Voters should elect Claudia Balducci for Metropolitan King County Council District 6.