Metropolitan King County Council District 9 representative Reagan Dunn has earned the editorial board’s endorsement for his healthy skepticism, innovative proposals and willingness to speak his mind.

Dunn’s independence, effectiveness and experience will be even more valuable as the county redoubles its efforts to fight homelessness, and increase transparency and eliminate inequities in law enforcement and criminal justice.

Seattle Times editorial board endorsements: Nov. 2, 2021, general election

In council discussions, Dunn is an unapologetic advocate for caution, common sense and fiscal restraint. He consistently offers unique proposals and practical solutions that others miss or overlook.

Take his proposal to increase funds for bus tickets for people experiencing homelessness to reconnect with family and friends outside the region who can support their journeys to housing stability. Or his ordinance prohibiting Zoom-bombing of virtual support group meetings.

His own past struggles with alcohol abuse have made him a compassionate advocate for behavioral-health resources and ally to the recovery community. His experience as a federal prosecutor in Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Miami will be an asset as the county begins searching for an appointed sheriff.

Dunn’s challenger, Renton City Councilmember Kim-Khanh Van, is a capable candidate halfway through her first term as an elected official. She has been active in community organizations and is building valuable experience in office. But Dunn has earned another term.