Keep Redmond a great hometown | Letter

Each of us has chosen Redmond as our hometown. Many, like our family, arrived in the early 1980s because of an employment opportunity. Many more have made the same choice over the past four decades especially in the last few years. Most likely we were drawn to Redmond because of its neighborhoods, great parks, and good schools, though many have noticed that their quality of life is eroding every day. They tell me that Redmond is just not as livable or safe as it was when they arrived.

Together we have shared in the daily frustration of traffic everywhere. When we hear sirens, we hope that the emergency responders make it on time or that a crime isn’t happening in a neighborhood nearby. Daily, people express their concern about living with these and other impacts resulting from the city not handling the rate of growth in a better, thoughtful and responsible manner. These impacts are just “the tip of the iceberg”— the result of decisions either made or not made by our Redmond elected officials.

Are you are concerned about the direction the city is going? The only way to change the direction is to change the decision makers in the next city election this fall. Fortunately, both mayor and four council positions (a majority) are on the ballot so a “course correction” is very possible. People who want to keep Redmond a great hometown need to come forward. It is important for there to be contested races, which require candidates to reveal their priorities, qualifications and pertinent experience so most importantly, voters are given a choice in selecting the best candidates. This election is pivotal in determining Redmond’s quality of life today and every day going forward.

I encourage people who want to keep Redmond a great hometown to run for elective office. The filing starts May 13 and ends May 17. More information on election filing is available at www.kingcounty.gov.

Rosemarie Ives

Redmond Mayor 1992-2007

More in Letters to the Editor

Alzheimer’s is a public health crisis | Letter

There are more than 110,000 residents of our state living with Alzheimer’s… Continue reading

The damage of fracking | Letter

The final environmental impact statement for the world’s largest fracked gas and… Continue reading

Massive change needed now | Letter

Regarding “LNG project must stop” (Reporter, Aug. 30): I certainly agree, but… Continue reading

Irony behind administration’s immigration policies | Letter

Thousands of asylum seekers from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras — some… Continue reading

A moon landing, an American dream | Letter

We recently celebrated the anniversary of one of the biggest engineering feats… Continue reading

Government should consider existing residents | Letter

Satisfied with Redmond, vote for incumbents: David Carson, Hank Meyers. Angela Birney… Continue reading

Vote ‘yes’ to Prop. 1 | Letter

Please vote to approve the revised Prop. 1 for EvergreenHealth to provide… Continue reading

Fields has experience, vision and commitment | Letter

Everywhere I go, someone complains to me, as former 16 year mayor… Continue reading

Fields to guide Redmond | Letter

Steve Fields’ leadership style sets him apart. In Redmond’s “Strong Mayor” form… Continue reading

Birney for an inclusive, collaborative city | Letter

Angela Birney is the candidate for mayor with the broadest sense of… Continue reading

Koeppen a clear choice for Redmond | Letter

Andrew Koeppen is the clear choice for mayor of Redmond. As an… Continue reading

Support county parks | Letter

Our area’s parks are here to stay because ordinary people value them.… Continue reading