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U.S. Reps. DelBene and Reichert wish Redmond happy 100th

City of Redmond Mayor John Marchione (left) is presented with a certificate and U.S. flag by U.S. Reps. Suzan DelBene and Dave Reichert. - Samantha Pak, Redmond Reporter
City of Redmond Mayor John Marchione (left) is presented with a certificate and U.S. flag by U.S. Reps. Suzan DelBene and Dave Reichert.
— image credit: Samantha Pak, Redmond Reporter

U.S. Reps. Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Dave Reichert (WA-08) visited the City of Redmond Tuesday afternoon to congratulate Mayor John Marchione and the city on Redmond's centennial.

The two representatives presented the mayor with a joint statement they issued last month, as well as a U.S. flag that flew over the capitol in Washington, D.C. in honor of Redmond's 100th birthday, which was Dec. 31, 2012.

DelBene and Reichert also spoke a few words about their experiences in Redmond.DelBene first moved to the area from Oregon in the mid 1980s. Although she has never actually lived in the city, she worked at Redmond-based Microsoft Corp. from 1989-98. In addition, when she left the tech giant and helped found drugstore.com, the Internet retailer's headquarters were originally based in Redmond.

"Redmond looked a lot different back then," she said, describing an Overlake neighborhood with an open business park before Microsoft took over and a downtown Redmond before Redmond Town Center opened. "There was not much (downtown)."

DelBene added that she is looking forward to another 100 years of success and growth in Redmond.

Although Reichert no longer represents Redmond — due to the redistricting of Washington's First Congressional District — his district had included parts of Redmond until the end of 2012.

With him and DelBene coming together to honor the City of Redmond, Reichert said it shows how people can have differing points of views and opposing opinions but still work together to get things done. He said this is similar to how the city's founders and pioneers may have seen things differently but worked together to make Redmond successful from its incorporation.

"Just a couple years after my birth," he joked.

The silver-haired congressman, who is actually only 62, said he first started visiting Redmond in the 1970s after he met his wife as she was from the area. Like DelBene, Reichert said the city was a lot different in those times.

Marchione, who grew up in Redmond, agreed that the city is a lot different now from those earlier days but said the tradition of differing opinions working together continues. He said although he and members of City Council may have different points of views on things, they all have similar visions of where they want Redmond to go — just different visions of how it will get there.

"We do have a great working relationship," Marchione said. "It's great to work with this council."

Redmond was incorporated as a city on Dec. 31, 1912, following a community vote and the birth of Ernest Alexander Adams (born Nov. 24, 1912), who brought the population of Redmond to 300, the number needed to incorporate as a city.

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