King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn
Virtual Town Hall: COVID-19 Vaccine
To watch the ‘Virtual Town Hall: The COVID-19 Vaccine’, click HERE
Dunn Delivers Funding for Emergency Rental Assistance
I recently visited the Renton Housing Authority to deliver a County check in support of RHA’s emergency rental assistance program. These funds will cover the rent payments of folks who are financially unable to pay rent themselves due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an incredibly important program that helps those who are struggling the most right now, and I’m glad to support it!
Councilmember Dunn champions outreach plan to increase access to COVID-19 vaccine
During King County’s recent emergency COVID budget negotiations, I worked to dedicate $100,000 of federal CARES Act funding to perform community outreach about the COVID-19 vaccine. This outreach will educate the public about vaccines and how to access them, with a focus on underserved populations. Those populations include seniors, limited-English-proficient residents, unemployed residents, people experiencing homelessness, and rural residents, as well as historically disadvantaged communities such as Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Indigenous and other Communities of Color, which have all been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus.
Supporting Bellevue Students during COVID-19
I was glad to help provide a CSO Grant to the Bellevue Schools Foundation! The needs of students have greatly increased during COVID-19, and this funding will help them get the best possible education during these challenging times! Thank you to Bellevue City Councilmember Conrad Lee for joining me to present the check, and to the Bellevue School Foundation for everything they do to care for and support kids in our community.
Fighting Food Insecurity with Maple Valley Food Ban
The Maple Valley Food Bank's services are more in demand than ever as more people struggle to make ends meet during the pandemic. I’m glad to be able to help support their work!
District 9 #MaskUp!
Folks are masking up all across District 9! Use the interactive map to see all of the locations where mask distribution events have been held (red) and all of the D9 organizations showing their support for #MaskUp (blue)!
Video Series: How you can stay home, stay healthy, and give back to your community
I’m grateful to my colleagues for their support of Project CARE (COVID-19 ACTION and RESPONSE ENLISTMENT) volunteer and donation program. As our region navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have been asking what they can do to support their community. That desire to step up and help is what inspired me to create a one-stop shop for connecting those who want to help with opportunities. To help our community stay united as we battle COVID-19, I’ve created a few videos to share ideas on how you can support others during this challenging time. Click the links below to watch!
Dunn’s Plan for Property Tax Relief Approved by the King County Council
he King County Council approved my legislation that offers a payment plan to folks who can’t pay their property taxes because of the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Given the hardship caused by the pandemic, I believe King County should help taxpayers who are doing everything they can to make ends meet but are still struggling to make property tax payments.
My plan would allow folks who couldn’t make their June 1 property tax payment to make smaller property tax payments over a six-month period. This legislation is currently being discussed by the King County Council.
Seeking Applications for the COVID-19 Community Response Fund
Grants of up to $25,000 are available to organizations that work with communities at the highest risk of immediate and long-term negative health, social and economic impacts during the COVID-19 crisis. Applications are due June 23, 2020. For more information on how to apply, please contact me at email@example.com
Dunn Announces $10k in Funding for Enumclaw Senior Center
I’m glad to be able to help provide $10,000 in funding to support the Enumclaw Senior Center’s meal delivery service! By delivering full, no-cost meals to seniors’ doorsteps, the Senior Center alleviates financial strain on low-income seniors while also relieving them of the need to visit grocery stores and risk COVID-19 infection. I advocated for this funding to be included in the emergency supplemental budget that was approved by the King County Council in May.
To learn more about the Enumclaw Senior Center's work, watch my Project CARE video where I tour their facility!
Dunn Introduces Legislation to Create a Task Force of Business, Government, and Industry Leaders to Plan for Economic Recovery
When our region emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to already have a game plan in motion for how to rebuild our local economy. That’s why I’ve introduced legislation that would create the CuRE (Coronavirus Recovery Economic) Task Force. This would bringing business and industry leaders to the table to work with state and local governments on how to best support economic recovery across the region. Our local businesses know best what help they will need — so we should welcome them to the table.
This legislation will be heard by the King County Council’s Committee of the Whole on April 21.
Dunn’s Project CARE Program Unanimously Approved by the King County Council
I’m grateful to my colleagues for their support of Project CARE (COVID-19 ACTION and RESPONSE ENLISTMENT) volunteer and donation program. As our region navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have been asking what they can do to support their community. That desire to step up and help is what inspired me to create a one-stop shop for connecting those who want to help with opportunities.
When it’s launched, Project CARE will serve as a comprehensive resource for people who are looking for ways to give back during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dunn awards Martin Luther King Medal of Distinguished Service to Rob Nist
Rob Nist’s wife Sylvia accepts Rob’s award from Councilmember Dunn on his behalf
I was pleased to award District 9 resident Rob Nist with the Martin Luther King Medal of Distinguished Service, an award that recognizes individuals whose work has answered the question asked by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “What are you doing for others?”
In 2007, after realizing that local youth sports teams were struggling to find fields to play on, Rob rallied community support around the expansion and improvement of Ravensdale Park, which was falling into disrepair. Today, Ravensdale Park is a key resource for youth sports teams and families across Southeast King County. Thank you for your service to your community, Rob!
Seattle Times Op-Ed: No to ‘Head Tax 2.0’: Let regional housing authority do its work
House Bill 2907 creates a pathway for King County to implement a countywide tax on employee wages, and unlike the vast majority of tax increases, this tax would not go on the ballot for the voters to decide. If the bill passes the Legislature, the tax would become law by simple majority vote of the nine King County council members.
Continue reading at The Seattle Times.
Dunn Works for More Snow Routes During Major Snowstorms
In the most recent King County budget, I included a proviso requesting King County to increase the total miles of snowplow routes in unincorporated areas. Last February’s snowstorms pushed County resources to the limit and reminded us all of how important it is to be prepared for extreme weather.
I am glad that the King County Road Services Division has now identified 70 miles of additional unincorporated snowplow routes. Of these 70 miles, 19.2 miles fall within the vicinity of Fairwood and the Renton Highlands and 10.7 miles are within the Covington/Black Diamond/Maple Valley area. Going forward, I will continue to prioritize funding for more snow routes to keep our county moving during winter storms.
Dunn Champions $100k for Homeless Bus Ticket Program
In recent supplemental budget negotiations, I secured an additional $100,000 in funding to provide bus tickets to homeless persons who want to return home to family members. Family reunification services have had great success across the country in helping get homeless persons off our streets and into permanent housing. However, such services have long been underfunded and under-advertised in King County.
According to King County’s 2019 Count Us In survey, there is a substantial need for family reunification services amongst our homeless population. That’s why this new funding is an important step toward effectively addressing homelessness in our region.
Though I’m pleased to have secured this funding, there is more work to be done. King County still invests much less in family reunification services compared to other metropolitan areas. Establishing a dedicated family reunification program remains a top priority for me in the months ahead.
Enumclaw Senior Center Receives Major King County Grant
I am thrilled that the Enumclaw Senior Center was awarded a major grant to expand their important work in the Enumclaw Plateau area. In rural areas of King County, service organizations such as the Senior Center are absolutely crucial to the well-being of the community. I will continue to advocate for more County partnerships with exemplary community organizations that serve District 9.
Dunn Recognizes September as National Recovery Month in King County
I was joined by Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles and the rest of the County Councilmembers in recognizing September 2019 as National Recovery Month in King County. National Recovery Month is a time to spread the message that it is always possible to reclaim your life from addiction and mental illness. Each year, I formally recognize National Recovery Month because I believe it’s important that anyone who seeks recovery knows that they are not alone and that there are services available to help them succeed.
Dunn Presents Retired Metro Van to Renton School for Students with Learning Disabilities
I recently delivered a King County Metro Van to New Horizon School, which provides specialized education and training programs to students with learning disabilities. This donated van will allow New Horizon students to access learning opportunities outside the classroom. I’m glad to be able to support an organization where students, regardless of needs, abilities or differences, can reach their full potential.
Construction of the Lower Russell Levee Setback Breaks Ground
As Chair of the King County Flood Control District, I’ve been leading on the Lower Russell Road Levee Setback project since its inception in 2013. This project provides flood protection for homes and businesses in the Kent Valley while also restoring habitat along the Green River, safeguarding both our region’s economy and salmon population. Construction is now underway!
2019 King County Fair
This year’s King County Fair was the best yet! After I helped Enumclaw Mayor Jan Molinaro welcome attendees, I was able to take my first ever ride on a Texas Longhorn steer aside Councilmember Kael Johnson. I am proud to have been a partner in the revitalization of the King County Fair, and I am pleased that it continues to get bigger and better each year!
Dunn Co-Hosts Unincorporated Town HallsI recently finished my annual round of community town hall meetings, which I co-host with the King County Department of Local Services. We held meetings in Fairwood, the Enumclaw Plateau, East Renton Highlands, and the Greater Maple Valley area. These town halls are crucial to help residents access services and speak directly to county staff and elected officials. Thank you to the many people who came to make their voices heard! If you have questions or concerns I encourage you to reach out to my office, regardless of whether you were able to make it to the town hall. My office can be reached at 206-477-1009 or at Reagan.Dunn@kingcounty.gov.
Join Councilmember Reagan Dunn and King County Parks for their 2019 Big Backyard Movie nights!
Our two movie nights at Ravensdale Park and Coalfield Park were great successes! We screened Shrek and Up and had great nights of family-friendly fun! We hope you can join us for the final movie night of the summer on Saturday, August 24 at Petrovitsky Park. We’re showing Night at the Museum! Seating opens at 6:30pm and the movie starts at dusk (around 8:15pm). The address for Petrovitsky Park is 16400 SE Petrovitsky Rd, Renton, WA 980588. Please RSVP at this link.
Dunn Honors Fallen Law Enforcement OfficersMay 15th is National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, and is a time for us all to reflect on the law enforcement officers who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. We gratefully thank the officers who continue to put their lives on the line every day. I joined my colleague Kathy Lambert, Kent Police Department Commander Mike O'Reilly and King County Sheriff’s Office Chief Patti Cole-Tindall to proclaim May 12-18 as Police Week in King County. We memorialized the two officers recently lost in Kent: Detective Derrick Focht who we lost to a heart attack in 2017, and Officer Diego Moreno, who was tragically struck and killed by a car during a vehicle pursuit of an armed suspect following a shooting in Kent last year. With many more men and women continue to risk their lives on our behalf every day, may we remember our fallen officers for their lives of service for the good of others.
Unified Campaign to Combat Human Trafficking Launched in King County
From the left: Assistant Chief Steve Hirjak, Seattle PD; Shelly Parker, Alaska Airlines; Councilmember Reagan Dunn, King County; Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht, King County; Tony Gonchar; Delta Airlines; Commissioner Courtney Gregoire, Port of Seattle
Recently, I joined with leaders from the Puget Sound region to announce our joint regional campaign to promote awareness of the tragic issue of human trafficking. Though it is a crime that often goes unseen, human trafficking for labor or sex is a horrifying assault on human dignity and liberty—and sadly, it happens here at home in King County.
As a former federal prosecutor, I’ve seen firsthand the devastation that sex crimes wreak on the lives around us. That’s why I’ve made it a priority to educate the public about they can do to help, and to encourage victims to find the help they need. In 2013, I sponsored one of the first local campaigns to raise awareness of this issue, and we successfully increased calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline by 63%. Today’s announcement continues our progress.
This new campaign is a partnership between King County, the Port of Seattle, the City of Seattle, Sound Transit, and private sector partners including Alaska Airlines and Delta Airlines. Other participating partners include King County cities, Expedia, Uber, and the Snohomish County Lodging Association.
Keep an eye out for these informational signs, which we are placing in highly visible places throughout the region:
Remember—if you see something that doesn’t look right, it only takes a simple phone call to the National Human Trafficking Hotline report it. The number is 1-888-373-7888, or text HELP or INFO to 233733.
Honoring the life and service of First Lieutenant Michael Adams
This Veterans Day, I was honored to organize a special ceremony in the community of Fairwood. We commemorated the life of fallen Iraq War hero First Lieutenant Michael Adams by renaming the road he grew up on as “1LT Michael Adams Place.” First Lieutenant Michael Adams was an American hero who was loved by his family and friends, and I am grateful to have joined his parents and community in honoring his life and sacrifice. We should always remember that the freedoms we enjoy are protected by men and women like First Lieutenant Adams, and honor their dedication and sacrifice.
Join Councilmember Dunn for a Town Hall Meeting on Oct 10
As you may know, King County is considering a draft Solid Waste Comprehensive Plan which provides direction on how garbage and recycling will be managed in King County for the next six to 20 years. I invite you to join me for a town hall meeting to discuss the draft comprehensive plan and the future of the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill. I would like to hear what you think about the proposal and any questions or concerns you may have. If you would like to read more about the draft plan in advance of the meeting, you may do so at kingcounty.gov/solid-waste-comp-plan.
Building for Culture supports KidsQuest Children’s Museum
Councilmembers Reagan Dunn and Claudia Balducci with KidsQuest Executive Director Putter Bert. The councilmembers presented KidsQuest $733,000 in funds from the Building for Culture program.
Trail from Renton to Bellevue Now Open for Business!
(Pictured from left to right) Renton City Councilmember Ryan McIrvin, Rocale Timmons of SECO Development, Bellevue City Councilmember Lynne Robinson, Renton Mayor Denis Law, County Executive Dow Constantine, Councilmember Reagan Dunn, Renton City Councilmember Ruth Perez, and King County Parks Staff join for a picture at the opening of the Renton to Bellevue Eastside Rail Corridor interim trail.
Join me at one of the upcoming District 9 Town Hall meetings!
SE King County
Tuesday, May 8, 7 – 9 p.m.
Enumclaw Expo Center Field House
1456 Roosevelt Avenue East
Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River
Tuesday, May 15, 7 – 9 p.m.
27524 SE 200th Street
Maple Valley, WA
Wednesday, May 16, 7 – 9 p.m.
Northwood Middle School
17007 SE 184th Street
Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain
Monday, May 21, 7 – 9 p.m.
Maywood Middle School
14490 168th Ave. SE
National Library Week - Go Visit Your Local Library!
Councilmember Dunn (center) is joined by his colleagues and by John Sheller, the Government Relations Manager for the King County Library System, after the Council declared April 8-14 as “National Library Week” in King County.
Upgrades for Unincorporated Area Parks
Dunn tours the improvements to Coalfield Park with King County Parks staff. This year, Dunn secured $140,000 in the King County Budget for improvements to unincorporated parks like Coalfield.
Renton-Bellevue Eastside Rail Corridor Connection
Dunn stands with Renton Mayor Denis Law, both hold rail spikes pulled from the future Renton-Bellevue Eastside Rail Corridor Connection. The new trail will open up transportation and recreational opportunities for residents living in communities in Renton, Newcastle, and Bellevue.
"Get Active, Stay Active" Grant
Marking the Completion of the Lower White River Countyline Levee Setback
Joined by Pacific Mayor Leanne Guier and NOAA Habitat Specialist Jason Lehto, Dunn speaks to the completion of the Countyline Levee Setback Project along the Lower White River as Chair of the King County Flood Control District.
Retired King County Metro Vans Find New Missions
Surrounded by clients and staff of the Enumclaw Senior Center, Councilmember Dunn, joined by Washington State Representative Morgan Irwin (4th from the left), hands the keys to a surplus Metro Transit Vanpool van to Senior Center Manager Jobyna Nickum.
After securing a van for the Black Diamond Community Center, Dunn joins Executive Director Cheryl Hanson, Community Center staff, and area residents in a photo. The van will help transport seniors, kids grades K-5, and those in need of emergency services.
Partnering with Doug Baldwin, Renton to support the Family First Community Center
Pictured: Councilmember Dunn, Mayor Law, Doug Baldwin, Renton School District Superintendent Dr. Damien Pattenaude and Councilmember Upthegrove.
Metropolitan King County Councilmembers Reagan Dunn and Dave Upthegrove met with Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin and Renton Mayor Denis Law to present $75,000 to the Family First Community Center, a recreational facility that will support education, fitness, and overall health for families and youth in the community.
Community centers like the Family First Community Center provide valuable programs and services to families. This center will provide a variety of programs including youth sports, art and music classes, group exercise, English as a second language classes, and much more. Healthpoint, a non-profit health center, will also provide services in the facility.
Improving Stormwater Drainage
Councilmember Dunn tours the construction site of the Fairwood West/Molasses Creek stormwater replacement pipe project. Dunn has advocated for the project for a number of years including securing three King County Flood Control District Grants and a King County Water Works Grant totaling over $845,000. Pictured: Fairwood West HOA President Chris Hurless, Treasurer Raymond Byrd, Dunn, Josh Baldi, Director of King County Water and Land Resources Division (WLRD), Washington State Representative Steve Bergquist, Adrian Ryneveld, and King County Staff.
Maple Valley turns 20
Councilmember Dunn presents a King County proclamation to the Maple Valley City Council in honor of the City's 20th Anniversary.
Park Improvements and the 2017 King County Fair
Councilmember Dunn presents a check for $5,000 for the Cascade Soccer Club which he was able to secure through a King County Get Active Stay Active Grant. The check presentation took place at Coalfield Park, before an Outdoor Movie Night in District 9. This past year Dunn worked with King County Parks to fund and host these opportunities for family fun. For more information about the final Outdoor Movie Night of the summer check out this page.
Councilmember Dunn is joined by twins Cooper and Quinn Mansanarez, the first two people to enter the 2017 King County Fair!
(L-R) Washington State Representative Morgan Irwin, Councilmember Dunn, Bert the Salmon, Enumclaw Mayor Liz Reynolds, Scoop the Dog, and twins Quinn and Cooper Mansanarez holding their fair tickets.
Councilmember Dunn presents a check for $5,000 to the Tahoma Jr. Bears at a King County Parks sponsored Outdoor Movie Night at Ravensdale Park. The funds come from King County's Get Active, Stay Active Grant Program. For more photos check out my Facebook page.
Southeast King County Townhall
Councilmember Dunn speaking to unincorporated residents at this year’s Southeast King County Townhall. King County acts as the local government for those living outside of cities. Annual town hall meetings are an opportunity for residents to speak to their county elected officials
King County Fallen Deputy Memorial
On December 2nd, the 10th Anniversary of Steve Cox’s death, King County Sheriff John Urquhart and I unveiled the first King County Fallen Deputy Memorial. We were joined by family members of the 16 fallen officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. It was an honor to partner with the Sheriff’s Office on reminder of sacrifice that is now permanently established in the King County Courthouse.
Thank you to those who participated in the 2016 District 9 Survey.
To see the full results, click below.
King County Indigent Individuals Memorial
Providing for those without loved ones
Councilmember Dunn joins leaders from faith organizations in recognizing the lives of the 278 indigent individuals who died in King County without family to properly provide for them. The ceremony was hosted by the King County Indigent Remains Program at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Renton. For more information about the program click here.
Historic Barn Receives Funds for Update
Councilmember Dunn visits the historic 1949 Colasurdo Barn in May Valley which was awarded $41,439 to repair the roof and gutters through the 2016 King County Heritage Barn Grant Program.
Join us for the Fairwood 50th on August 27th!
Happy Birthday Fairwood!
Councilmember Dunn is partnering with the King County Parks Department to host a day-long festival celebrating the community of Fairwood’s 50th Anniversary on August 27th at Petrovitsky Park.
Beginning with the 5K Fun Run in the morning to the Movie Night at the Park, this exciting day has something for everyone.
For a full schedule of events, a list of sponsors, and a link to vote for the movie you’d like to watch in the park, check our event website at: https://kingcountyparks.org/fairwood-50/.
Councilmember Dunn joins Renton Mayor Denis Law on a tour of Boeing’s Renton facilities. The King County Flood Control District is providing funding to protect the City of Renton's Airport and Boeing's facilities against future flooding.
Town hall meeting for unincorporated residents
Over 500 people have attended the four Town Hall meetings Councilmember Dunn has hosted for unincorporated residents in District 9. The last meeting will be held Tuesday, June 7th at Maple Hills Elementary, to address issues in the Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain areas. The meeting will run from 7-9 pm and is open to the public.
New Bridge Over Jenkins Creek
Councilmember Dunn attended the City of Covington’s opening of a brand new bridge over Jenkins Creek connecting the current trail system to Jenkins Creek Elementary. A $418,000 King County Grant helped to fund the construction of this project.
Anniversary of the Ravensdale Mining Disaster
One hundred years ago on November 16th, the town of Ravensdale experienced a mining explosion that claimed 31 lives. To memorialize the miners that died, Councilmember Dunn partnered with the local community to open a series of interpretive signs called the Ravensdale History Trail. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMp81goMAo4&feature=em-share_video_user
Helping our Heroes
Vets 4 Hire is a program, that began through legislation sponsored by Councilmember Dunn that bridges the gap between military and civilian experiences through six-month paid internships at King County. Participants learn vital job-seeking skills and get connected to community support services tailored to their needs. If you or someone you know would benefit from a Vets 4 Hire fellowship check out this link: https://kingcounty.gov/audience/employees/careers/vets4hire.aspx.
Take Winter by Storm
Since November is historically the rainiest month in Washington State, Councilmember Dunn participated in a Take Winter By Storm event designed to inform Washington Residents about how to prepare for natural disasters brought on by winter weather. The event also highlighted the completion of the Lyon Creek Flood Mitigation Project at Lake Forest Park’s Town Center preventing a predicted $4 million in flooding damage.
19th Annual King County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Legislative Forum
I had the privilege of joining residents, Washington State Legislators, and my colleagues on the Metropolitan King County Council, at a Town Hall style forum addressing mental health and substance abuse in our county. This event was an opportunity to collaborate with the larger community to think creatively about how to optimize those services to reach those in need.
Addressing Flood Control
Lake Boren in Newcastle is prone to flooding. Councilmember Dunn toured the Lake with Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri and Jeff Brauns, Director of Public Works, this week and was updated on the progress of flood mitigation work around the area. To date, the the county and the Flood Control District have provided nearly $550,000 to the city of Newcastle for this project. Working together, the city and the county hope to protect the surrounding area from future flooding.
Maple Valley City Council- State of the County Address
Councilmember Dunn addressed the Maple Valley City Council on Oct 12, to update them on several key issues such as the expansion project at Ravensdale Park, which was a collaborative effort between the City, County and The Ravensdale Park Foundation. The Councilmember also provided updates on the County Budget, increased Metro bus service to the city, the Lake Wilderness Trail Paving Project, and the King County Flood Control District.
New LED lights operational at Petrovitsky Park
Petrovisky Park sport fields in the unincorporated community of Fairwood have new LED lights. These new lights give off less glare and are extremely energy efficient.
“Petrovisky Park is busy year round, so it just made sense that the county provide state of the art lighting for their sport fields,” said King County Councilman Reagan Dunn who represents District 9, which includes Fairwood. “The neighbors have less light pollution, it’s cost effective, and the players have better visibility for night games; it’s a win for everyone.”
King County Parks estimates the retrofit will provide at least a 60-percent reduction in energy use, or roughly $9,500 in annual savings. Read more