This is not a particularly competitive election year for the Metropolitan King County Council. Of the five members up for re-election, four are unopposed.

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This is not a particularly competitive election year for the Metropolitan King County Council. Of the five members up for re-election, four are unopposed.

Two people filed to challenge District 9 Councilmember Reagan Dunn’s bid for a new term: Beverly Tonda, a Maple Valley financial-services trainer; and Mark Greene, a Newcastle resident who has run for several political offices without success.

The top two vote-getters in the Aug. 18 primary move on to the Nov. 3 general election.

District 9 takes in part of Bellevue, but is largely rural, sweeping across much of Southeast King County and communities such as Maple Valley, Black Diamond, Enumclaw and Covington.

If re-elected, Dunn said, the budget would be his priority, and that he would get the county’s financial house “back in order” by cutting programs he thinks waste taxpayer dollars, such as the ferry district.

Dunn, 38, was the only person on the council to vote against the tax in 2007.

The former federal prosecutor said the tough economy could cause a spike in crime and he wants to make sure the jail and penal systems are prepared. Diversion programs aren’t enough, he said.

“We need to prioritize what’s most important — the most basic services, and for me, that’s keeping people safe,” he said.

Dunn also said he would continue to try to preserve open spaces. Earlier this year, he co-sponsored legislation to help preserve 7,000 acres along the Raging River.

He said he plans to fight plans by County Executive Kurt Triplett to close 38 small parks in unincorporated King County. Triplett says there isn’t enough money to keep the parks open.

Tonda, in her first run for office, said that as recording secretary for the Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council, she has heard from many residents that Dunn doesn’t listen to them.

She said her background in human resources and financial-services training would allow her to find creative solutions to the budget problem, including cutting superfluous services and county positions.

“I will make sure departments are held accountable for their true expenses,” Tonda said.

The self-dubbed “sleeper candidate” said she’s perfect for the job because of her experience teaching smart financial management to everyone from large company leaders to minority groups such as Native Americans.

Tonda, 50, said she became politically active out of frustration with county institutions that delayed her attempts to develop some land.

She said she would push for legislation that would make the county’s transactions more transparent to taxpayers, to reduce the probability of needless expenditures and other unethical conduct.

Mark Greene, 55, said he can’t pinpoint what he would bring to the table that the others wouldn’t because he hasn’t studied them closely. But if elected, Greene said, he would change the mood of the County Council.

“The set of ideals that I have would take us beyond the complacency that I see among a lot of politicians,” he said.

He plans to address the budget problem by taxing services used by the wealthiest citizens, such as limousines, yachts and mansions.

Greene wants to improve accountability by creating a department of grievances, solutions and whistle-blowers to address citizens’ complaints.

He would also like to create YMCA-style hotel rooms for the homeless to stay in for free or for a small weekly fee. Greene said he thinks this would also help the budget problem.

Jean Guerrero: 206-464-2311 or jguerrero@seattletimes.com