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June 7, 2023
Jaguar Way may be coming soon to Fairwood
“With today’s action, we are one step closer to giving SE 184th Street a new name in celebration of Northwood Middle School, a treasured part of the Fairwood community. Since Northwood is expanding to include sixth grade this fall, this honorary road designation is a great way we can welcome these new young students to campus.”

May 23, 2023
King County earns national Achievement Award for Council-backed ‘Don’t Count Us Out’ substance use disorder, recovery stigma reduction campaign
“We know that fear of judgement and scorn is one of the biggest factors that prevent people from seeking treatment for a substance use disorder. This is why I wanted to see this campaign take place — to increase everyone’s awareness that, with help and support, recovery is possible for all. I am grateful to the National Association of Counties for their recognition of this important message and hope it will encourage other counties to put similar programs in place.”

May 16, 2023
Dunn leads Council in honoring law enforcement during National Police Week
The King County Council on Tuesday joined communities across the United States in recognition of National Police Week. The annual celebration, celebrated this year from May 14-20, honors and remembers those law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends, and fellow officers they left behind.

May 12, 2023
King County Conference on Substance Use Disorders brings together local leaders, record-level attendees to talk about ongoing drug crisis
“I was incredibly pleased by the large crowd and impactful discussions happening at our third annual King County Conference on Substance Use Disorders. There is a lot of interest in collaborating and working across the aisle to help folks struggling with substance use disorder find their road to recovery. The hope in the room was tangible — and I believe that, together, we can find real solutions to tackle the ongoing drug and overdose crisis.”

May 2, 2023
Dunn applauds Gov. Inslee for calling special session on Blake fix
“I applaud the Governor for having the courage and fortitude to convene a special session to address the impending lapse of statewide laws against public drug use. The Legislature must now come to the table in good faith to find a solution so that the hundreds of millions of dollars invested in addiction recovery can be put to work and the safety of our communities can be protected..."

April 26, 2023
Dunn seeks to criminalize public drug use in King County following state Legislature’s failure to deliver Blake fix
“Enabling open air drug use in our communities hurts everyone — not only our children and law-abiding citizens, but the drug users themselves who are, tragically, dying in droves from overdoses. King County must act immediately to protect the safety of our communities by making the consumption of dangerous drugs in public an arrestable offense.” 

April 17, 2023
Dunn applauds passage of lowered threshold for police pursuits
“The state Legislature made the right decision to protect public safety by restoring our police’s ability to pursue suspects. After restrictions on police pursuit were put in place in 2020, incidents of suspects evading law enforcement almost tripled in King County — an alarming trend that put our communities at great risk. This legislation is the first step in reversing that trend.” 

March 21, 2023
Recovery leaders announce 3rd Annual King County Conference on Substance Use Disorders
“Our region continues to witness more and more people dying of overdoses year after year—a tragedy that has touched the lives of too many mothers, fathers, siblings, and friends. In the midst of this overdose crisis, the King County Conference on Substance Use Disorders seeks to offer solutions and hope. I encourage anyone who is interested in increasing their understanding of how to help folks find their path to recovery to attend this informative and unique event.” 

March 14, 2023
Dunn seeks greater transparency on King County homelessness facilities after record-number of overdose deaths
“The rising rate of people experiencing homelessness who are dying of overdose while living in King County is very alarming and raises important questions of how these deaths are occurring and what more can be done to intervene. This legislation is an opportunity to increase transparency for taxpayers and a first step toward seeking ways to stop these deaths from occurring.”

Feb. 14, 2023
King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn, State Rep. Chris Corry Work to Bring Back Employees Lost to Vaccine Mandate
“Now that vaccination requirements have been rolled back, this is our opportunity to bring back those public servants—especially our first responders, including law enforcement and emergency personnel—who lost their jobs. Especially as the county continues to struggle to hire enough deputies to fully staff our Sheriff’s Office, we should focus on bringing back and retaining the high-quality, experienced employees that we very much need to fully staff our work.”

Feb. 6, 2023
Dunn applauds lifting of King County COVID-19 vaccine mandate
“I’m grateful that since the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for King County employees was put in place over a year ago, the harshest forms of the virus have waned, and our community has shown great progress in our recovery — both physically and economically. I applaud the Executive’s decision to end the vaccine mandate and am eager to see our region get back to business as usual.”

Jan. 30, 2023
Dunn: Alarming surge in drivers eluding King County cops demands state-level fix
“When criminals and suspects are legally allowed to ignore and evade the police, it’s law-abiding citizens who pay the price. Here in King County, police evasions without pursuit have nearly tripled since legal restrictions were implemented — an unacceptable figure for our communities who deserve to be safe in their own neighborhoods. State lawmakers must act now to fix this dangerous policy.”

Jan. 26, 2023
Dunn ‘deeply concerned’ about King County Regional Homelessness Authority’s jaw-dropping $11.8 billion price tag to end homelessness
“Homelessness is a very serious problem, so it breaks my heart to see the KCRHA double down on Seattle’s failed policies on homelessness. We know from King County’s 2019 Point-in-Time Count that 45% of the homeless come here from outside our area to take advantage of our generous services. Until we come to terms with this, King County will be a dead-end street for the nation’s homelessness.”

Jan. 3, 2023
2022’s most popular pet names in King County include Bella and Luna — with Corona trending upward
King County residents registered more than 62,000 dogs and 26,000 cats in 2022, with the names Bella and Luna topping the lists. 

Jan. 3, 2023
Luna, Jack Top 2022’s list of 10 most popular pet names in Newcastle
With 850 dogs registered and 297 cats, the names Luna and Jack topped the most popular pet names in Newcastle in 2022.

Dec. 13, 2022
Flood Control District Elects Reagan Dunn as its New Chair for 2023
“I am excited to once again serve as Chair as the King County Flood Control District. As we’ve seen in recent years, flooding has the potential to cause devastating damage to so many homes, businesses, and other infrastructure. I look forward to working with my colleagues to deliver improved flood protection it in the year ahead.”

Nov. 22, 2022
Council authorizes $316,000 in contributions for Foothills Trail from Pierce County, Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition
“I am grateful for the partnership with Pierce County and the Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition that makes this project possible. The Foothills Trail is a resource that crosses jurisdictional boundaries, and it is only through collaboration that we are able to move forward with this exciting addition.”

Nov 17, 2022
Study will examine potential of increasing goods transport across Stampede Pass
“There is an exciting opportunity before us to potentially improve rail transport across Stampede Pass. This project seems to hold promising benefits for local trade, traffic congestion, and our environment, and is worth a closer look and serious consideration.”

Nov 15, 2022
Dunn secures funds to revamp King County’s response flooding in rural areas
“Current flood control practices tend to focus on reducing the flooding of our rivers. However, what we’ve seen in recent years is that when flooded creeks and tributaries cause stormwater infrastructure to overflow, that can be just as damaging to nearby people and property — particularly in rural areas. Yet, it’s unclear whose job it is to provide the flood control infrastructure that combats this type of flooding.”

Nov 15, 2022
Dunn works to expand access to treatment for substance use disorder in County’s 2023-24 budget
“The rise of substance use disorder, here in King County as well as nationwide, is a crisis situation. I’m working to address this crisis because, frankly, lives are on the line — and I know from my own experience with recovery how important it is that treatment is available and accessible to all who need it. We have a lot of work to do in King County on this front.”

Nov 15, 2022
Dunn delivers over $116K for greater Maple Valley area organizations
“I am proud to be able to advocate for these investments in the greater Maple Valley area during King County’s budget process. These are projects that will further enrich our wonderful community, and I’m glad they will receive this critical funding.”

Oct. 27, 2022
Don’t Count Us Out: King County Launches Campaign to Fight Stigma of Addiction, Share Hope for Recovery
“Many people do not know that I am active in recovery from alcohol abuse and I have achieved many years of sobriety. I am so very lucky to have the support of my family, friends, and recovery community. Their support is what made the real difference in helping me reclaim my life. I realized from this experience that in order to empower those who are battling addiction to take that big step and get treatment, we need to give them encouragement and hope—not judgement or scorn.”

Oct. 12, 2022
Enumclaw flood reduction projects receive $1.47 million in funding
“I’m excited to see major funding provided to projects in Enumclaw that not only reduce the threat of flooding along important roadways, but also improve critical salmon habitat. This is a victory for our community and for our natural environment.”

Oct. 12, 2022
Newcastle Railroad Embankment Project receives $750k Flood Reduction Grant
“It is absolutely necessary to fix the blockage that is constricting the flow of Newport Hills Creek, and I am pleased that this funding will support that fix. Not only will this project reduce the risk of flooding, but it will also make it easier for migrating fish to navigate the waterway, making this a project with multiple benefits.”  

Oct. 12, 2022
City of Maple Valley receives $370k Flood Reduction Grant for Jenkins Creek Culvert Replacement Project
“I am excited to see major funding go to Maple Valley’s Jenkins Creek Culvert Replacement project that will not only reduce risk of flooding, but increase salmon passage in Jenkins Creek. This grant will help restore the natural flow of the creek and is a major win for our community and the environment.”

Sept. 28, 2022
Council votes unanimously to help local food banks amid soaring inflation
“It’s no secret that grocery bills are soaring across King County, causing more and more folks to turn to their local food bank for help feeding their families. In turn, our food banks need a little help so they can meet those increasing needs as operating costs rise. I am grateful to my colleagues on the Council for unanimously supporting this legislation so that we can amplify the efforts of the organizations that are working day in and day out to serve those in our communities who are struggling to make ends meet.”

Sept. 27, 2022
Council approves Dunn’s proposal to expand hate crime reporting system
“If we are to more fully respond to the unprecedented surge in hate crimes we’ve seen in King County, we need to provide more pathways for victims of these dehumanizing crimes to report them. Without boosting reporting rates, we only allow crimes of hate and bias to proliferate — and no one in King County should live in threat of retaliation or even danger due to their race, religion, beliefs, appearance, or any other differences that exist among us.”

Sept. 7, 2022 
Inflation Concerns Propel Food Bank Legislation Through Committee
“At this very moment across King County, foodbanks are not able to keep up. Combined with the most vulnerable being hit the hardest by increasing costs of basic goods and services this is a recipe for disaster. We need to act now to ensure food banks are getting the supplies they need to serve communities across King County.”

Sept. 6, 2022 
Dunn and Upthegrove Proclaim September as Behavioral Health Recovery Month
“We must understand the recovery process, and support those who seek it in their individual journey. It is critical that we acknowledge mental health and substance use disorder as a healthcare issue and destigmatize these conditions. People need to know it’s okay to ask for help and seek recovery.”

Sept. 1, 2022 
Councilmembers Dunn, Dembowski, von Reichbauer introduce motion to oppose new airport in Enumclaw
“Placing, or even proposing, an airport in the Southeast King County Enumclaw area would be a legal, environmental, and planning disaster. Consideration of a King County site has brought together a broad coalition of community and local elected leaders in opposition. We want to send a unified message to the State that having an airport in the area that they proposed will not be entertained.”

Aug. 30, 2022
Dunn’s proposal for county-wide hate crime reporting system clears key committee vote
“Crimes motivated by hate and bias have surged to record-setting levels across King County, and yet we know that the vast majority these incidents still go underreported. An expansion of a community-based reporting system is what our county needs in order to assist victims who may not otherwise file a police report. I am thankful to my colleagues for supporting this effort to increase justice for all residents in our communities by establishing a dedicated hate crime reporting system.”

Aug. 25, 2022
Dunn calls for early audits of Regional Homelessness Authority
“I believe now is the appropriate time to begin assessing the financial and operational performance of the Authority. Audits now would ensure that King County and, more importantly, our tax-paying residents are getting the value promised when the Authority was established, while providing information to policy makers as we consider continued funding and allowing the ILA past the initial five-year term.”

July 27, 2022
Reagan Dunn Seeks to Curb Repeat Offenders with New Legislation
“Law enforcement should have the discretion to book high-impact, repeat offenders into the King County Jail when there is a likelihood that they will commit more crimes if they are put back out on the streets. Our most emboldened and notorious criminals must answer for their crimes and be stopped rather than simply being released to inflict more harm onto our communities.”

July 25, 2022
Dunn proposes graffiti removal initiative to restore communities and promote public safety
“Graffiti is a highly-visible crime that sends a signal that neighborhoods are not being cared for or looked after. With the dramatic rise in crime that we are seeing in King County, this is the wrong message to send. As the presence of graffiti increases in our communities, we need to take steps to remove and prevent it, and, in turn, keep our neighborhoods clean and safe.”

July 21, 2022
Dunn proposes whistleblower reporting system to uncover COVID-19 relief fraud
COVID-19 funds, in an effort to catch any attempts to scam the system.
“As we are seeing historic increases in inflation, taxpayers are rightly concerned with how their hard-earned dollars are being spent, and elected leaders at all levels should be acting as watchdogs under that same mindset ... It is my hope that with this legislation we will be able to catch bad actors and safeguard the communities that these funds were meant to support.”

July 19, 2022
Amid overdose surge, Council declares fentanyl a public health crisis
“Today we declared fentanyl a public health crisis to sound the alarm that fentanyl is lethal, prevalent on our streets, and tragically claiming the lives of far too many people — children, parents, brothers, and sisters — here in King County. With today’s action, we forge a path to fight harder against the deadly substance and stop so many from dying of fatal overdoses. My heart continues to go out to each and every person who has lost a loved one to fentanyl, and I’m grateful to my colleagues for their support in passing this important measure.”

July 15, 2022
Dunn Proposes New Community-Led Program to Monitor, Prevent Crime
“As folks start to see crime increase, this pilot program would give them the opportunity to work with the Sheriff’s Office to take the lead on preventing crime in their neighborhoods. In addition to allowing communities to participate in their safety and build relationships with local law enforcement, this would be an inexpensive effort that has already been proven to be effective in lowering crime.”

July 14, 2022
Dunn on new 988 suicide and crisis lifeline: ‘Important progress’ on improving access to mental health, substance use treatment
“Declining mental health and the rise of substance use is one of the most urgent issues of our time, and it’s critical that we work to improve access to help for folks in the moments that they need it most. This is why I am proud to have advocated for the launch of the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline here in King County and across Washington State..."

July 12, 2022
Dunn introduces plan to increase awareness, enforcement of new state law to fight surge in catalytic converter thefts
“The recent surge in thefts targeting catalytic converters hurts everyone, but most of all those who rely on having a functioning vehicle to get to work and provide for their families. The rise of catalytic converter thefts we’re seeing across King County is completely unprecedented and will only continue to increase without cracking down on those responsible and making it harder to profit off of the crime.”

June 28, 2022
Dunn seeks to clear notorious homeless encampment along the Green River
“The conditions we are seeing at the Green River encampment are deplorable and inhumane ... This is no way for anyone to live, and certainly not fair to the surrounding community that deserves a neighborhood that is safe and clean. To make progress, we must start setting boundaries on what is acceptable, address the root causes of homelessness head on and get folks into shelters and into treatment. This legislation gives us the opportunity to learn the best way to do that.”

June 23, 2022
Following human trafficking incident, Dunn proposes more rigorous oversight of King County massage parlors
“This case highlights the fact that human trafficking often occurs in plain sight and goes undetected without intervention. So much about our understanding of the nature of human trafficking has evolved in recent years, so it could be very fruitful to take a look at King County’s decades-old regulations and look for ways that they can be used more effectively to prevent instances of trafficking.” 

June 9, 2022
Dunn introduces legislation to fix failed state policing laws around vehicular pursuits
“The State Legislature made a bad policy decision, and communities across Washington are having to deal with the very real and dangerous consequences. It would be irresponsible to sit back and give active criminals the option to simply ignore law enforcement stops. King County must begin conversations at the state level about how we can fix this failed law for the safety and protection of everyday, law-abiding folks.”

June 2, 2022
Dunn Proposes Mapping, Removal of Unsanctioned Homeless Encampments in King County
“Allowing homeless encampments in our communities is not only detrimental to those who live, work, or recreate nearby–it's also not what is best for those who are left living on the streets instead of being connected with services that can help get their lives back on track,” said Dunn. 

May 26, 2022
Dunn introduces legislation tasking King County with procuring formula for residents in need
“King County is seeing empty shelves where formula used to be. We need to do everything we can to get formula into the hands of families with babies in need. It is my hope that by acting quickly and proactively, we can begin to alleviate the shortage before it gets any worse than it already is.”

May 25, 2022
Dunn opposes sewage fee increase, asks for fiscal discipline from County government
“As the Chair of the Regional Water Quality Committee, I have heard many concerns from city leaders across the County about the financial burden this rate increase, and impending rate increases, will present for their residents. With rising inflation, fuel prices, and the possibility of a recession on the horizon, families across King County are already having to operate on leaner budgets. King County government should be doing the same rather than asking our residents to dig deeper and make do with less.”

May 24, 2022
Dunn proposes integrated data dashboard to provide clarity, transparency on soaring crime rates
“Communities across King County are exhausted and alarmed by the continuing rise in crime and deserve greater transparency about both the nature of the crimes being committed and their government’s response... This revamped data dashboard would present crime data clearly and concisely, while allowing folks to identify relevant patterns such as repeat offenders that are revolving through the justice system.”

May 23, 2022
Reagan Dunn honors Enumclaw Thunder Dome Car Museum for work on behalf of epilepsy research, education
On Saturday, King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn presented a recognition to Kari and Troy Thomas, owners of the Enumclaw Thunder Dome Car Museum, for their philanthropy on behalf of the Epilepsy Foundation Washington and contributions to epilepsy research and awareness. 

May 20, 2022
Former Elected Drainage Official Found Guilty of Stealing Nearly Half a Million Dollars – Statement from Reagan Dunn
“Though it was disheartening to see Drainage District 5 taxpayers betrayed through this blatant theft of public funds, I am glad to see the truth come to light and the guilty parties being held accountable for their actions. My deep gratitude goes out to our local law enforcement, including the FBI, IRS Criminal Investigation, and Enumclaw Police Department for investigating this case and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for bringing it to justice.

May 19, 2022
Dunn: King County proposed property tax increase ‘tone deaf’ against incredibly high cost of living facing families
“We cannot again raise taxes on King County residents who are already struggling to make ends meet. A new property tax in particular would raise costs for homeowners and renters alike, even as so many are more vulnerable than ever to losing their housing..."

May 17, 2022
Council approves creation of Cannabis Safety Taskforce
“A dedicated Cannabis Safety Taskforce will be able to focus on keeping our local communities safe from the pattern of armed robberies targeting cannabis stores and manufacturers across the region. This legislation sends a strong message that King County plans to hold those committing these crimes responsible for their actions. I could not be more proud of this bipartisan legislation and am grateful to my colleagues for their support.”

May 12, 2022
King County’s 2nd Annual Conference on Substance Use Disorders to provide education, hope amid rise in overdose deaths
“The more I talk about my own past struggles with alcohol use, the more I hear from others who have experience, or are experiencing, those same struggles. That’s why part of the goal of this conference is to reduce the stigma around seeking out help — I’ve found it’s important to be open and vulnerable, because this is something that helps others in their own recovery journey.”

May 10, 2022
Dunn leads Council in recognition of law enforcement service, sacrifice during National Police Week
“Every time I pass the memorial that rightfully honors our fallen King County deputies, I am reminded of their ultimate and enduring sacrifice,” said Sheriff Patti Cole-Tindall.  “It is a privilege to lead the men and women of this agency as they continue a tradition of excellence in service to communities throughout King County.”

May 10, 2022
Dunn: King County must stop firing unvaccinated deputies, focus on retention
“We can still fight COVID-19 while also fighting rising crime in our communities — but it starts with putting a stop to the practice of firing our unvaccinated deputies, who we desperately need to retain right now to maintain basic public safety services.” 

May 9, 2022
Dunn: Controversial Plan to Merge King County and National Elections Would Bury Local Issues, Infuse Partisanship
“Aligning our local races with national politics would allow hot-button federal issues to eclipse the local issues that have so much impact on our daily lives. Those nuts-and-bolts issues—such as homelessness, land use, crime, and transportation—deserve our attention in their own right, and independent of the partisanship that taints national politics.”

May 4, 2022
Dunn donates surplus County vans to southeast King County organizations
“These agencies in the Enumclaw and Black Diamond area provide invaluable services to seniors and special education students in our rural communities. It is an honor to be able to direct these retired vans their way to support their important work.” 

May 3, 2022
Dunn’s Cannabis Safety Taskforce passes major hurdle, heads to full Council for a final vote
“Elected leaders need to take swift action now to protect our communities and businesses by preventing the targeting of the cannabis industry by criminals. I could not be more pleased that my colleagues passed this important legislation today,” Dunn said.

May 3, 2022
Dunn applauds nomination of Patti Cole-Tindall for King County Sheriff
“Patti Cole-Tindall has deep roots in King County and invaluable knowledge of our challenges and unique dynamics, and importantly, has been able to build consensus and boost morale during her tenure as interim Sheriff."

April 27, 2022
Dunn: Sound Transit proposal would ‘effectively gut meaningful fare enforcement’
“This latest change of fare enforcement policies would effectively gut meaningful fare enforcement. By greatly reducing any real consequences of fare evasion such as fines, and leaning more heavily on warnings, while removing any ability to suspend riders for chronic non-payment, these policies make fare payment optional for riding transit..."

April 21, 2022
Dunn renews effort to establish hate crime reporting system to bridge gap in reporting
“While crimes motivated by hate and bias have surged to record-setting levels across King County, they are still known to be underreported. A dedicated reporting system would increase access to justice for all communities by providing a direct avenue for reporting incidents of hate crimes."

April 19, 2022
King County Council unanimously votes to support Ukraine
“There are times that call for unity, and this is one of those times. I am proud of the King County Council for coming together today to stand with Ukraine as they fight for their freedom—not only through our words, but through our actions as we seek out all possible opportunities to give support the Ukrainian people.”

April 14, 2022
Dunn: Controversial asphalt plant will have ‘harmful ramifications for generations to come’
“After fighting against the impending asphalt plant for years, I am extremely disappointed and, frankly, greatly troubled by the Permitting Division’s decision today to allow it to move forward...This is shockingly poor land use policy that, I fear, will have harmful ramifications for generations to come.”

April 12, 2022
Dunn Proposes Crime and Public Safety Summit to ‘Carve a Path Out of the Quagmire’
“This summit is about bringing all players in our regional justice system to one table to work through fundamental disagreements related to policing and jail policy. Frankly, as it stands, the various aspects that make up this system—our elected leaders, police, jails, and courts—are not functioning coherently with each other, and it’s the everyday folks who are suffering the repercussions. It's time to come together to carve a path out of the quagmire and get back to providing for basic public safety.”

April 6, 2022
King County legislation to support Ukraine passes committee with unanimous approval
“As the situation continues to devolve in Ukraine, it remains imperative that we persist against Vladimir Putin’s intolerable threat to democracy. I am grateful for the way we are coming together here at King County to make sure we are doing everything we can to help the Ukrainian people as they fight for their freedom and their lives.”

April 5, 2022
Following double-digit increases in rental housing costs, Councilmember Reagan Dunn proposes study on the effects of regulation on rental market in King County
“My fear is that the slate of recent government interventions purported to help renters is actually hurting them by exacerbating our lack of affordable rental housing. This study would help policymakers understand the effects that these regulations have on housing market dynamics, and on the folks who rely on a healthy supply of rental properties.’

March 31, 2022
Public Safety Emerges as Top Community Concern as King County Councilmember Dunn Wraps Up First Town Halls of 2022
“Overwhelmingly, I heard that our communities need more investments dedicated to building up our law enforcement and to keeping public spaces safe, clean, and accessible to all. I remain focused on these issues and will continue to work to provide support to our police and homelessness response.’

March 29, 2022
Dunn proposes taskforce following string of robberies, shootings involving marijuana stores
“There is a perception that marijuana shops are easy targets because they are known operate on an all-cash basis. This has resulted in very dangerous situations that have quickly escalated and have resulted in deaths. Like so many other areas of our criminal justice system, we need to be sending the message that this type of lawlessness will not be tolerated and give our law enforcement the support they need to apprehend those responsible. Letting these brazen crimes continue is not an option — we must act for the safety of our communities, before more lives are lost.’

March 23, 2022
Dunn demands answers on leaked proposal mandating a public defender be appointed before every simple consent search by police
“If police are required to call a defense attorney every time they talk to a subject, criminal investigation would grind to a halt. Our already strained Sheriff’s Office will be stretched thinner, impacting deputy availability and response time. This would take away hundreds of hours of deputy time where they are not responding to other calls . . . "

March 22, 2022
Councilmembers Dunn, Kohl-Welles lead Council in recognizing National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
“Especially with the rise we are seeing in substance use during the pandemic, our communities need to be active in ensuring the next generation is fully educated on the dangers of abusing drugs and alcohol. I could not be prouder of the work we have done here in King County to raise awareness of this issue, and I know we will continue to see this work through and do what we can to help those who need it to find treatment.”

March 3, 2022
Dunn proposes new measures to combat skyrocketing catalytic converter thefts in King County
“Over 1,400 catalytic converters — a shocking number — were stolen from King County residents’ cars last year. This is a crime that directly impacts everyday folks who rely on their vehicle to get to work and take care of their families, and we must do more to stop it.”

March 1, 2022
Councilmembers Dunn and Dembowski introduce legislation to provide County support to Ukraine
“The unprovoked attack and invasion by Vladimir Putin happening in Ukraine right now is unacceptable and we must do all we can to give our support to the Ukrainian people and government. Through this legislation, we are showing King County residents, including those with families in Ukraine, the Ukrainian people, and those fighting off Russian military forces, that we stand with them and strongly against the aggressions against democracy happening right now.” 

February 22, 2022
Dunn pleads with King County to stop firing unvaccinated Sheriff’s deputies during a time of record murders and shootings
“We are currently in the midst of a public safety crisis and are desperate to hire more deputies as violent crime surges and communities across King County suffer under a shortage of law enforcement services. Currently, there are 106 vacant deputy positions, in part because of the termination of those who remain unvaccinated. I cannot remember a time when the Sheriff’s Office has seen such significant staffing shortages, all happening with a backdrop of record murders and violent crime occurring right now in King County.”

February 17, 2022
“It’s long overdue” – Dunn Issues Statement in Response to Masking Update, Calls on King County To Do the Same
“Lifting the mask mandate is what’s best for our community and long overdue. Our leaders must acknowledge the fact that fatigue and burnout over government mandates is high, and relying on forceful directives without the support of the public will be counterproductive in the long run for our recovery from COVID-19.”

February 15, 2022
As critical fentanyl classification nears expiration, Dunn calls on DEA for permanent fix
“I urge the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to permanently classify fentanyl as a schedule 1 drug. By doing so, the DEA will ensure that local law enforcement has the maximum resources to fight the spread of fentanyl across our borders and into our local communities, including King County.”

February 1, 2022
Dunn calls proposal to stop booking into jail for certain crimes ‘absolutely negligent’
“With COVID-19 death rates steadily dropping across King County and criminal violence off the charts, it is absolutely negligent to use the pandemic as an excuse to release dangerous offenders from our jails and to suspend the prosecution of crimes..."

January 28, 2022
Dunn, Warnick partner on bill to help parents in recovery reconnect with their children
"This bill is about doing what is best for families who have been broken by addiction. Recovery from substance use disorder is always possible, and providing parents with a clear path to earning their way back to their kids someday can not only be a motivating factor for the parents — but also a way to bring healing to the children who have had their lives turned upside down by addiction.”

January 21, 2022
Dunn pushes for refunds for Republic Services customers left without pick-ups for weeks
“It’s simply unreasonable to expect people to go a month without having any trash collected whatsoever, and on top of that, to still ask them to cover the bill. Garbage collection is an essential public service, and the impacted households should not be expected to bear the full financial burden of this service lapse.”

January 18, 2022
Dunn proposes pause to highly controversial criminal diversion program after outcry from local mayors
“All crimes that hurt the safety of our communities — such as shoplifting rings, home burglaries, and car thefts — need to be taken seriously so that folks are not re-victimized and the security of our neighborhoods is preserved. In particular, it is shockingly irresponsible to remove legal consequences for any firearm-related crime at a time when gun violence is surging to an all-time high. There should be real ramifications — including prosecution — for these dangerous crimes.”

January 3, 2022
Bella, Luna Top List of 2021’s Most Popular Pet Names in King County
“Licensing your pet provides a level of assurance that if your beloved dog or cat ever becomes lost, you will have a helping hand to get them back home. In addition, the licensing fees covers the many humane services that RASKC provides, including investigation of animal cruelty and adoption services—so you know your dollars will go to help not only your own pet, but many others.”

December 20, 2021
Following Spike in Fentanyl-related Deaths, Council Vice Chair Reagan Dunn Wants Fentanyl Declared a Public Health Crisis
“The proliferation of fentanyl throughout our communities, combined with the high rate of death caused by the substance, warrants immediate action. Declaring fentanyl to be a public health crisis will doubtlessly save lives by raising awareness of important information such as the prevalence of fentanyl, the high levels of risk of death, how to respond in the case of an overdose, and how to recognize warning signs of potential fentanyl use in friends and loved ones. It will also affirm our commitment to taking all necessary action to stop the devastating spread of fentanyl and prevent more fentanyl-caused deaths.”

December 14, 2021
Dunn declares today’s City Hall Park acquisition a major victory for taxpayers, courthouse visitors
“Today’s acquisition of City Hall Park is a major victory that allows King County to reclaim the park for taxpayers while working to create a safe environment around the King County Courthouse for our employees, jurors, and all who need to access government services. For too long, encampments have been allowed to multiply and expand across King County without intervention — but with this acquisition, King County shows that we can take back our public spaces for everyone to enjoy.”

December 7, 2021
Cancelled Homelessness Population Count Spurs Dunn to Ask for Reconsideration
"I am concerned that the failure to conduct the count for the second year in a row will not only result in a loss of valuable data, but will diminish a major measure of accountability for the hundreds of millions of dollars the taxpayers have spent in this area.“

November 30, 2021
Reagan Dunn, Kathy Lambert slam committee’s rejection of homeless encampment removal standards
“It is disheartening that the Committee would refuse to even engage in a conversation about how to provide housing and support services to people currently living in County parks or other County-owned property. Our parks, roads, and trails are overly burdened by tents, trash, and crime. It is past time we found a compassionate, common sense solution to maintaining our public spaces for everyone..."

November 24, 2021
Reagan Dunn announces $200,000 in funding for fentanyl overdose prevention 
“Illicit pills and powders containing fentanyl have flooded King County and tragically continue to claim the lives of hundreds of our residents who unknowingly consume a deadly dose of the drug. The spread of fentanyl has reached crisis levels, so I am grateful to my colleagues for recognizing the importance of working to educate folks on the dangers of fentanyl and how they can help prevent fatal overdoses in their communities.” 

November 23, 2021
$672 million supplemental budget, funding climate projects, gun violence reduction and key service restorations approved by King County Council
“I am glad the Council has taken an important first step to improving public safety in King County by providing $4 million for retention and hiring bonuses for King County Sheriff deputies as well as a recruiting officer. Together, these investments will help us hire and keep quality law enforcement officers. Given the severe staffing shortages that the Sheriff’s Office is experiencing, this funding is necessary to provide basic level of public safety services for our residents..."

November 16, 2021
Human Trafficking Prevention Effort Passed by King County Council
"Through my previous work as a federal prosecutor, I’ve witnessed firsthand the devastation that human trafficking causes for victims and survivors, and how too often the crime occurs hidden in plain sight. After seeing how the awareness campaign I helped launch here in King County had a real, measurable impact in the fight against human trafficking, I am very pleased to see this effort expanded to all corners of Washington state so that more of the public will be educated on how to recognize signs of trafficking, and more victims can reach help.”

November 15, 2021
Dunn proposes ‘Re-Fund the Police’ budget package
“Especially as violent crime rises to record levels, I believe it’s King County’s fundamental duty to adequately fund our Sheriff’s Office so that they have the staff and resources they need to respond to our residents in their moments of crisis and even tragedy. My proposal would fill some glaring funding gaps and restore police presence while also investing in some new public safety efforts.”

November 10, 2021
Dunn leads action to reduce flooding on Issaquah Creek, applauds new funding out of King County Flood Control District
"The February 2020 flood event highlighted the need to provide long term planning for protecting people and property along what is essentially a small river. With over 40 flood risk reduction facilities, Issaquah Creek is the largest creek in the county and warrants its own capital investment strategy, something that has not been looked at in decades. This effort will reduce the flooding risk and maintain access to adjacent roads in the event of heavy storm flows.”

November 9, 2021
Dunn awards Martin Luther King Medal of Distinguished Service to Carmen Goers
“Carmen Goers has gone above and beyond in her efforts to make a difference in our community. Since moving to the area after her family completed military service, she has been passionate about providing support to others so they have the opportunity to thrive. Carmen has inspired me and so many others across King County. I am honored to present her with this award.”

November 9, 2021
King County Council approves review of home occupation regulations in light of the rise of remote work
“King County has seen a massive shift toward remote work during the pandemic, so taking the time to review our home occupation code to make sure it’s relevant to current working situations is both timely and necessary. I’m grateful to my colleagues on the Council for supporting this work.”

November 9, 2021
Dunn aims to mandate public comment, 30-day notice before King County can re-purpose hotel into homeless shelter
“It is not good government for King county to make hugely impactful land use decisions by siting large homeless shelters without first providing full transparency to the public. The impacted communities, including residents and the municipal governments that represent them must all have a chance to provide public comment in advance of the decision being unilaterally made by King County..."

November 2, 2021
King County Council approves WaterWorks grant award to King County Conservation District to evaluate dry manure storage options for water quality protection
“Ensuring that we as a County are doing everything we can to promote safe farming, especially when it comes to protecting our community’s water quality, is of the upmost importance. This grant will do just that by helping the King Conservation District find and promote best practices for storing manure on the many farms across King County.”

November 2, 2021
Reagan Dunn awards WaterWorks Grant to the City of Maple Valley to improve water quality in Cedar Downs
“By directing this grant money to the Cedar Downs community project, we are going to be able to make significant progress in updating these facilities and work to improve flood protection for surrounding communities of Maple Valley. I am proud to have worked with my colleagues on the Council to ensure that these funds are prioritized.”

November 2, 2021
King County Council Awards Grant to Soos Creek Salmon Habitat Project
“Community groups like the Green River Coalition are the backbone of conservation in King County and across the country. I am overjoyed to be able to advocate for this funding that will directly help protect our salmon population in the Soos Creek for generations to come.”

November 1, 2021
As fentanyl deaths reach record numbers, Dunn legislation aims to halt distribution and increase outreach
“As fentanyl trafficking has swept through our region, it has claimed the lives of many hundreds of King County residents who unknowingly ingested the dangerous drug. This is a worsening crisis that will only take more lives if we don’t interfere through a collaborative, multi-jurisdictional approach that keeps fentanyl out of our region.”

October 28, 2021
Spike in violent crime prompts Dunn to introduce neighborhood safety program
“Neighborhood safety programs send the message that crime will not be tolerated, while also allowing communities to lead on their own solutions to their public safety concerns. This program is simple and inexpensive, yet highly effective in the fight against crime.”

October 26, 2021
Work-from-home revolution spurs County Councilmembers to act on home occupation regulations
“With this massive shift in working situations due to the pandemic, and the general desire of many of our residents to work from home, we as a county must ensure that our codes are updating with the times.”

October 21, 2021
Shocking Increase in Opioid Deaths Prompts Secure Medicine Return Campaign
“With a rapid rise in overdose deaths and the increased consumption of controlled substances during the pandemic, there is no time to wait when it comes to removing unused prescription drugs from our medicine. This public awareness campaign for the King County Secure Medicine Return Program is a significant and positive step towards keeping unused medicine off the streets and protecting everyone from drug overdoses.”

October 19, 2021
Council approves legislation to turn City Hall Park over to County
“I’m grateful to Councilmember Kohl-Welles for working to build a majority consensus to help us meet a shared objective: to keep the King County Courthouse safe for all and connect the chronic homeless living at the park with the services and housing they need. I’m eager to see a long-term solution implemented to prevent a reoccurrence of the violence and crime that prevented our employees from coming to work and the general public from accessing government services—and am cautiously optimistic that it will happen.”

October 16, 2021
Councilmember Reagan Dunn Celebrates Ceremonial Opening of Mt. Peak Fire Lookout
“This a very cool and exciting moment for everyone in the Enumclaw Plateau community who has contributed to the planning, funding, and re-construction of the Mt. Peak fire lookout. This tower is a monument to our past that the entire region will be able to enjoy for the next 100 years. I’m proud to be a part of this community effort and honored to share in the big reveal today!”  

October 11, 2021
Reagan Dunn to Mayor Durkan and Executive Constantine: Local governments must avert imminent mass firings by allowing weekly testing options like federal government, most states
“I am growing increasingly concerned that these mandates will force hundreds, if not thousands, of dedicated public servants out of their jobs. Mass termination of our government employees would result in staffing shortages and cripple our ability to serve the public in the way in which we are obligated. I am particularly concerned what this means for our ability to retain law enforcement officers, critical public health staff and other civil servants who we desperately need during these unprecedented times.”

October 6, 2021
Report on wastewater spills recommends fixes for the future
“This is a good step forward to implementing the needed changes to care for our region’s waters, including the Puget Sound. It’s important that King County acts as a good steward by taking the steps necessary to prevent wastewater spills, which have been all too common.”

September 27, 2021
Dunn proposes study to understand rental housing supply, costs in unincorporated King County
“I have heard from many small landlords and renters across my district who have very real concerns with how government policies may be exacerbating the lack of affordable rental housing supply. This study would help policymakers understand the effects these regulations have on housing market dynamics and on the people who rely on the availability of rental properties.”

September 23, 2021
Dunn moves to establish an art competition for youth in King County
“Many, especially our young students, have had their daily lives greatly altered by the COVID-19 pandemic, and there is no better time to promote community engagement and artistic expression by sponsoring this competition. This is an opportunity for our County not only to encourage young artists, but to document a defining moment in our history.”

September 21, 2021
Dunn issues formal letter asking for review of murder charges in hit-and-run death of Greg Moore
"Under normal circumstances I would agree that a 15-year-old should be prosecuted as a juvenile. However, this new set of facts suggests that the intentions and motivations of the alleged perpetrator warrant a serious review of whether she should be charged as an adult, as provided for in Washington State law.”

September 16, 2021
Kohl-Welles, Dunn bring legislation to spotlight human trafficking in King County, statewide
"Through my previous work as a federal prosecutor, I’ve witnessed firsthand the devastation that human trafficking causes for victims and survivors, and how too often the crime occurs hidden in plain sight. After seeing how the awareness campaign I helped launch here in King County had a real, measurable impact in the fight against human trafficking, I am very pleased to see this effort expanded to all corners of Washington state so that more of the public will be educated on how to recognize signs of trafficking, and more victims can reach help.”

September 14, 2021
Dunn, Kohl-Welles lead King County Council in recognition of National Recovery Month
“A central message of Recovery Month is that substance use disorder and mental illness are complex diseases — not reflections of character flaws or weaknesses, but conditions that are medically treatable. It’s important that we as a community continue to work to de-stigmatize addiction and create pathways to recovery for those who seek it.”

September 1, 2021
Novel Proposal Helps Local Organizations Evacuate Americans and Allies from Afghanistan
“Given the extreme urgency of the situation in Afghanistan, King County should do everything we can to assist our veterans who are working locally in the Seattle area to evacuate U.S. citizens and our Afghan friends who are desperate to flee the country. This is an opportunity to provide whatever help we are able, such as grants or other assistance, to local community groups who already have their boots on the ground helping this tragic situation...”

August 31, 2021
Councilmember Reagan Dunn’s Hate Crime Hotline Clears Significant Hurdle
“While crimes motivated by hate and bias have surged to record-setting levels across King County, they are still known to be underreported. A dedicated hotline would increase access to justice for all communities by providing a direct avenue for reporting incidents of hate crimes.”

August 30, 2021
Dunn Seeks to Expedite Financial Aid for Renters, Landlords
“Thousands of renters and landlords in King County are depending on this financial assistance to pay their housing costs. Especially as the end of Washington’s eviction moratorium approaches, it’s good government to get this money out the door for people who desperately need it.”

August 27, 2021
Dunn Calls for Plan to Help Afghan Refugees Settle in Our Region
“In the 1970s, former Washington Governor Dan Evans led an exemplary effort to warmly welcome Southeast Asian refugees, who soon became valuable members of our community,” said Dunn. “We must do the same today by opening our arms to our Afghan allies by providing them with the resources they need to rebuild their lives as our neighbors.”

July 27, 2021
Amid police shortage, Councilmembers Dunn, von Reichbauer secure new funding to hire more deputies
“Amid low morale, lack of resources, and officer burnout, it’s been extremely challenging for the Sheriff’s Office to attract high-quality candidates—and as a result, many critical positions have been left unfilled. Now more than ever, we need good deputies who have a heart for the job and a drive to build positive relationships in their community. A recruiter makes it much more realistic that we will fill the 54 vacant deputy positions with men and women who will wear the Sheriff’s badge with honor.”

July 27, 2021
Dunn fights for more assertive, balanced approach for homeless encampment removal standards in King County
“It is far from compassionate to leave people to live outside without the services and shelter that they desperately need. It also isn’t fair for our local community to have public spaces taken over by encampments that pose health and safety risks. This legislation is the balanced, yet assertive, approach that protects the safety of our neighborhoods and provides a path to help those suffering in our County.”

July 26, 2021
As pandemic continues, Dunn aims for code update to consider rise in home-based businesses, remote workers
“During the pandemic, entire businesses started operating in residential neighborhoods in one way or another. Given this massive economic shift and the continued threat of a resurgence by the delta variant, it is time for King County to review the host of home occupation regulations so that they make sense within our current economic reality.”

July 22, 2021
Newcastle Mayor Linda Newing, King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn Honor Outgoing Councilmember Tony Ventrella
“Tony Ventrella has been a valued partner as a Councilmember and Deputy Mayor for Newcastle. Though his time on the City Council is ending, I know he will remain an important figure in the community. Thank you, Tony, for your many years of public service!”

July 21, 2021
Following surge in murder rate, gun violence, Dunn seeks to reestablish gang unit
“The crisis levels of violent crime that we’re seeing in King County is nothing short of tragic. We cannot let them continue to escalate without intervention. Right now, the Sheriff’s Office is overwhelmed with record rates of murder and shootings while dealing with a massive shortage of staff. Lives count on whether we provide them with the resources they need to keep residents safe.”

July 17, 2021
Dunn Delivers a King County Grant as Seed Funding to Rebuild a Skate Park in Black Diamond
“I am very glad to help kick off the fundraising effort to rebuild a skate park in Black Diamond. “his effort has seen great enthusiasm in the Black Diamond community, and I know a new skate park would be a treasured resource, just as the last one was.’

July 15, 2021
Reagan Dunn Crowns the Winning “King Critter” at the King County Fair
“The Fair is a special and time-honored tradition here in King County, and it’s wonderful to see it back in it’s true form this year. Congratulations to this year’s winning critter Violet and her owner James Graham!’

July 15, 2021
Dunn Wants King County Taxpayers to Know How Their Tax Dollars Are Being Spent
“This is an opportunity for King County to better communicate to property taxpayers about how exactly their dollars are being spent—which, for many, is a very nebulous topic. The goal is to establish greater transparency in taxation and keep taxpayers informed of King County’s work.”

July 14, 2021
Dunn sounds alarm on nationwide spike in drug overdose deaths
“The people who continue to die from addiction are children, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters — families who are broken apart by tragedy. These numbers are not just statistics, but a tragic loss of human life in King County and across the country. We need to do better. I will be introducing new legislation in the next week to amplify our fight against the opioid epidemic here at home. The urgency of the need is difficult to overstate and demands action.”

July 12, 2021
Dunn proposes creating standards for homeless encampment removal
“Right now, King County is dedicating hundreds of millions of dollars to homelessness services and prevention. As these services ramp up, we also need to directly address the homeless encampments and connect folks who live there with available resources. People who are homeless shouldn’t be ignored and left to live on the streets. It’s bad for them and for the nearby community. If there is shelter space available, King County needs to be proactive about getting them off our streets and out of our parks." 

July 7, 2021
Dunn pursues committee of experts to chart pathway for ‘waste-to-energy’ plant and close landfill
“King County needs to stop putting our trash in the ground and modernize our waste disposal. Over the last decade, the waste-to-energy sector has seen a lot of exciting innovation that makes it the cheapest and most environmentally friendly method available. We need to start now to begin the process of shutting down the massive, odorous landfill and implement a better, cleaner option.”

June 30, 2021
Dunn Seeks to Create Homeless Outreach Teams for Unincorporated King County
“Homelessness has been a growing concern in rural and suburban areas of the county, and it sometimes takes a proactive approach to get folks who are living outside the help they need,” Dunn said. “These outreach teams would meet people where they're at, connect them to housing and services, and put them on a path toward a more stable life.”

June 28, 2021
‘Fraught with unintended consequences’: Dunn slams proposed rental regulations, seeks to exempt small property owners
“Ultimately, these regulations will push out housing providers, reduce the number of affordable rental homes, and raise the rent for everyone, especially families. It would cause far more harm than good. Over the past year and a half, King County has committed nearly $200 million in rental assistance to prevent evictions but this new approach of shifting that burden onto mom and pop landlords is fraught with unintended consequences, hurting both tenants and housing providers alike. Rents will surely rise.”

June 24, 2021
King County Council Approves Dunn’s $500k Budget Ask to Fund Recovery Café’s Programs on Addiction, Mental Health
“Right now, our region is seeing a heartbreaking crisis of addiction that has greatly worsened with the COVID-19 pandemic. As a recovering alcoholic with years of sobriety under my belt, I know how necessary Recovery Café’s work is for people who need a helping hand to re-claim their life, and it’s an honor to support their life-changing programs.”

June 22, 2021
Dunn Proposes Condemning City Hall Park, Next to Courthouse, As Public Safety Hazard
“King County employees should be able to return to work without fearing for their lives, plain and simple. While I have sympathy for those who are experiencing homelessness, there is nothing compassionate about looking the other way and letting violence against people of all walks of life continue. These dangerous crimes are not being committed because of homelessness — they’re being committed by criminals who are allowed to flourish without any repercussions.”

June 17, 2021
Dunn Champions Conservation of Properties Along SR 169 Ahead of Proposed Asphalt Plant Decision
“Considering that King County may soon permit a controversial asphalt plant on SR-169 across from the Cedar River, conserving the adjacent properties will help provide a buffer and preserve the rural character of unincorporated communities near Renton and Maple Valley. More importantly, this funding would ensure that if the proposed property for the asphalt plant gets locked up in court, the County will be at the ready the purchase it as open space.”

June 14, 2021
King County Councilmember Dunn Wraps Up First Round of Town Halls
“From slowing COVID-19 and working to revitalize the economy, to responding to the alarming spike in crime that we are seeing — King County is dealing with a lot of challenges right now. In times like these, it’s more important than ever that I hear from the residents I represent so I can better serve them on the Council. I appreciate each person who took the time to attend one of my events.” 

June 8, 2021
Dunn Asks for Thorough Review of Industrial Zoning in Rural King County
“Multiple recent industrial permit applications have made it clear that we need to thoroughly evaluate industrial zoning in rural areas in order to make sure we are preserving our rural neighborhoods and protecting our environment. The Comprehensive Plan is a key opportunity for the Council to take a step back and re-evaluate our land use policies given the massive growth of our region in the past 10 years.”

June 7, 2021
Dunn Calls Impending Controversial Asphalt Plant a ‘Mistake of Monumental Proportions’
“After working in opposition to this asphalt plant for many years, we are nearing the time for King County to make a choice — and this letter is my final plea to decision makers to not allow an asphalt plant at such an environmentally sensitive location as the Cedar River. This community already bears burden of the Cedar Hills landfill. Adding an asphalt plant endangers our diminishing salmon populations and the quality of our drinking water and will certainly further pollute our air. Enough is enough.”

May 27, 2021
King County Council Unanimously Approves Reagan Dunn’s Motion to Include Substance Use Disorder Supports in the Best Starts for Kids Levy
“Investing in the mental health of our children will help them have the best shot at a happy and healthy future. I’m proud that the Council is taking action to prevent youth substance use disorder and support their mental health needs, especially as addiction, overdoses, and other behavioral health problems have alarmingly increased during the pandemic.”

May 27, 2021
Stop Hate Hotline and Awareness Campaign Proposed by Dunn
“With the rapid rise of incidents of hate and bias, we cannot continue to leave our community members vulnerable to these heinous acts and let crimes go unreported. My hope is that this community-based effort will empower everyone across King County to report these crimes and have a safe place to do it.”

May 26, 2021
Council approves Dunn’s awareness program for safe medicine return
“With a rapid rise in overdose deaths and increased substance use during the pandemic, there is no time to wait when it comes to removing unused prescription drugs from our medicine cabinets. This public awareness campaign for the King County Secure Medicine Return Program is a significant and positive step toward keeping unused medicine off the streets and protecting everyone from drug overdoses.”

May 25, 2021
Dunn condemns ‘failures’ in passage of more than $630 million COVID budget
“Today I voted no on the seventh COVID-19 supplemental budget because it fails to fund the most basic functions of our County government — criminal justice and public safety. We have heard from the Sheriff’s Office, the Prosecutor’s Office, and sitting judges of the King County Superior and District Courts about the significant impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the criminal justice system’s ability to operate..."

May 20, 2021
Dunn proposes COVID-19 vaccination incentive program for King County residents
“We all want our businesses and communities to get back to normal as soon as possible but are already seeing a decline in both first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Providing King County residents with a tangible incentive is a positive way to encourage folks who might be sitting on the fence to get vaccinated.”

May 18, 2021
Dunn letter: Budget proposal neglects public safety with ‘alarming’ funding gap for criminal justice
Public safety is “one of the most basic duties of government. If we do not address the alarming funding gap in the budget, we are risking the safety of our communities and our neighborhoods.”

April 29, 2021
Addiction not just an issue of will power: Dunn, Kohl-Welles to launch effort against stigma of substance use disorders
“As we learned at my recent conference, the commonly-held belief that addiction is simply an issue of will power is not supported by the science and discounts the experience of people who are struggling to recover. Addiction is a physical disease that can be treated, but when society says otherwise, the recovery process can be much more difficult.”

April 22, 2021
Dunn proposal will spotlight secure medicine return program, help reduce risk of meds falling into the wrong hands
“As drug overdoses tragically surge in King County, every resident should be aware that there is a resource available to help them safely dispose of medications they no longer need. The King County Secure Medicine Return program is an impactful way for our region to work together to reduce the risk of prescription medicine getting into the wrong hands.”

April 20, 2021
Dunn seeks to direct BSK funding to bolster substance abuse prevention in youth
“This is an opportunity to prioritize the wellness of the next generation. For far too long, mental health and substance use disorders in young people have gone under-treated, and these problems have concerningly worsened during the pandemic. This direction to the BSK levy implementation plan will allow us to place preventative measures that give kids their best shot at a successful, healthy future.”

April 15, 2021
First King County Conference on Addiction Disorders Seeks to Offer Help, Reduce Stigma
“I want to share my story of recovery because it’s so important to fight those feelings of shame, failure, and hopelessness that prevent folks from seeking help...Recovery is always possible, and there’s an incredible network of people ready to support you when you’re ready to take that step. You’re not alone.” 

April 12, 2021
Councilmember Dunn to host first annual King County Conference on Addiction Disorders
In response to a rapid rise in alcohol and substance use during the pandemic, King County Council Vice Chair Reagan Dunn is hosting the first King County Regional Conference on Addiction Disorder. The general public, including anyone who struggles with substance abuse and their friends and family, is encouraged to attend.

April 1, 2021
Dunn partners with King County Sheriff’s Office on pilot program on mental health and wellness program for deputies
“We know that law enforcement can be a hard and stressful profession, and that stress comes with a lot of negative side effects. Providing mental health resources to our KCSO officers would be a wise and compassionate investment in their wellbeing while also benefiting to our community as a whole.”

March 31, 2021
Councilmember Reagan Dunn, Prosecutor Dan Satterberg Support Additional Resources for Hate Crime Prosecutions
“Creating a dedicated Hate Crimes Task Force would provide the necessary resources to properly address hate crimes in King County. This investment would ensure that victims of these heinous crimes—as well as their family and community—receive the justice and peace that they deserve. I am grateful to Prosecutor Dan Satterberg for his collaboration on this important initiative.”  

March 30, 2021
King County Seeking Input of Rural Residents for Mental Health, Addiction Treatment
“Because of my own experience, I know the absolute necessity of giving folks who struggle with addiction the help that they need to recover. We need to find out what forms of treatment are most in demand in rural areas so we can begin to fill those service gaps.”

March 29, 2021
Surge in hate and bias crime spurs call for new Hate Crime Unit in Sheriff’s Office
“We must take meaningful action to stop the heinous acts of violence that are occurring in our communities With hate crimes on the rise nationwide and here at home, having a dedicated unit of KCSO deputies would help ensure that these victims are made a priority here in King County.”

March 25, 2021
King County Commits to Major Investment in Seattle Sobering Center
“During the pandemic, we’ve seen a tragic spike in fatal overdoses. It’s extremely alarming that we are losing more lives than ever to drugs and alcohol, as addiction and recovery services have been lost. This new sobering center would stabilize and expand a critical service so that fewer people who need help battling their substance abuse will continue to slip through the cracks.”

March 23, 2021
Black Diamond resident Patricia Moss appointed to 4Culture Board
“Patricia’s dedication to building up the arts in our community makes her a valuable addition to the board. I am delighted that she will be helping to guide 4Culture’s work advancing arts and culture in King County.”

March 11, 2021
Washington to Receive $54.6 Million for Addiction, Mental Health Crisis
“Our community is battling an epidemic in more ways than one. Drug and alcohol use and mental illness have skyrocketed as people we know and love struggle—too often unseen and without help—with loneliness, isolation, grief, and great financial stress brought on by the last year. From my own experience, I know how critical that help is to achieving sobriety.”

March 9, 2021
New law will protect virtual addiction recovery privacy
“Since the beginning of the pandemic over a year ago, we have seen substance use and mental health disorders skyrocket as people suffer under increased isolation and stress. This new layer of protection will make it easier for folks to receive help online by allowing them to freely engage in virtual support groups without fear for their personal privacy.”

March 9, 2021
Dunn Champions Fee Discount for Low-Income Property Owners
“A lot of folks continue to struggle economically as a result of the pandemic. By providing this SWM fee relief program, King County is coming alongside those who are most in need and ultimately making it easier for financially burdened homeowners to stay in their home.”

March 2, 2021
King County Council Recognizes One Year of COVID-19
“This is a time to remember the 1,400 lives tragically lost in King County and the many people who have experienced hardships during the pandemic. It’s also an opportunity to pay our respects to those who have given so much of themselves this past year—our healthcare workers, essential workers and educators—and even those who took the time to care for a neighbor in need.”

March 2, 2021
Committee approves Dunn ordinance to protect addiction recovery meetings from ‘Zoom-bombing’
“The right to privacy is a critical component of healing for those who are going through an addiction recovery program or receiving mental health treatment. I know from experience that being open about your struggles is essential to the journey to recovery. Creating legal protections for the privacy of those seeking recovery will assure that they can share freely, without judgement.”

February 26, 2021
Dunn: Beware Unintended Consequences of Decriminalizing Drug Possession
“I have very serious concerns about the potentially devastating and unintended consequences of the split ruling by the Supreme Court of Washington."

February 25, 2021
Dunn applauds Executive plan to protect West Point Treatment plant from further wastewater spills
“I’m glad to see the Executive taking action to fix the issues at West Point Treatment Plant that have caused repeated spills into the Puget Sound. We should urgently address the problems that are damaging our region’s water quality, not just at West Point but across all the County’s wastewater treatment facilities..."

February 24, 2021
Dunn: Wastewater must be kept out of waterways and off beaches
"King County must take a hard look at how these spills happened and stop them from happening again ... We owe it to our children, and to our children’s children, to be good stewards of our natural resources and strengthen our efforts to restore the Puget Sound back to a pristine state.”

February 17, 2021
Black Diamond Flood Reduction Project Passes Key Vote
“I’m excited to see this important project progress to a final vote,” said FCD Vice Chair Reagan Dunn. “Building a bridge will reduce the risk of flooding along the roadway while also making it easier for salmon to migrate along this portion of Covington Creek.” 

February 9, 2021
Council Approves Partnership to Restore Mt. Peak Fire Lookout
“There has been tremendous energy from the community to restore this cherished landmark and provide a destination that outdoor enthusiasts from across the region can enjoy. I’m pleased to help get this project off the ground!”

February 4, 2021
Mobile COVID-19 vaccination team, local elected officials visit adult family home in Kent
“These mobile teams are doing the critical work of making sure those who need the vaccine the most get it as soon as possible — even if they don’t have easy access to a vaccination site. It was truly a team effort to get these clinics up and running, and I’m grateful to our first responders, city leaders, and Public Health workers for their part in helping our community through this crisis.”

January 18, 2021
Dunn Nominates Bill Boyce to Harborview Board of Trustees
“Councilmember Boyce was a clear choice for this nomination. With his many years of experience in operational leadership and financial oversight, as well as a decades-long commitment to serving his community, I can think of no one better suited for this important role.”

January 25, 2021
Dunn motion aims for equitable allocation of COVID-19 vaccine
“The current allocation of vaccines to King County is simply inequitable. Large swaths of King County’s residents who are eligible to receive a vaccine are unable because we are currently not receiving a proportional share from the state..."

January 22, 2021
Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign draws big response, increases reporting statewide
“Since I first brought legislation to the Council to launch a human trafficking awareness campaign, many partners from across the region have joined our effort to raise awareness and reach victims of trafficking. Without their overwhelming support, and without the collaboration of my colleague Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, this surge in hotline usage wouldn’t have happened and lives would not have been saved..."

January 21, 2021
Council Vice Chair Dunn calls for answers on recent Puget Sound wastewater spill
“King County needs to take the necessary steps to keep wastewater out of our waterways and off our beaches. It is not acceptable to have an event of this magnitude, and we must put a plan in place to prevent future spillage. The Puget Sound is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most valuable natural resources, and we owe it to our children, to not only be good stewards, but continue our decades long restoration effort.” 

January 6, 2021
Dunn condemns violence in D.C.: ‘President has a responsibility to call for an end these riots’
“Like many of you, I am watching in horror at what is happening in our Nation’s Capital. The President has an affirmative responsibility to call for an end to these riots and to allow our Democracy to function without intimidation. History will judge our President harshly if he does not immediately condemn these acts of violence and call for protesters to withdraw from the capitol building..."

January 5, 2021
Balducci re-elected Chair as council embarks on busy new year
“Councilmember Balducci has been a strong and steady leader of the King County Council over the course of a particularly difficult year. I am honored to support her for another term as Chair and look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the council’s leadership team as we tackle the many challenges facing our region.”

December 22, 2020
Dunn applauds approval of $900B federal COVID-19 relief package
“I commend members of Congress, especially our Washington State delegation, for their bi-partisan work in passing a federal COVID relief bill last night. Our country is at the height of the pandemic, and this package will keep struggling families afloat during this crucial time as we begin vaccinations..." 

November 17, 2020
Dunn: ‘Cannot in good conscience’ support new paid holidays for county workers
“The King County Council just passed not one, but two, new paid government holidays for itself and for King County's 15,000 employees. While I fully support these special days – Juneteenth and Indigenous Peoples’ Day – we did not need to make them fully paid holidays for the County’s many thousands of employees. Not only will it cost at least $9 million in taxpayer dollars, it means the residents of King County will have two days less where they will not be able to access critical government services...."

November 12, 2020
Dunn issues statement on ‘draconian cuts’ to Sheriff’s Office in King County budget
“It’s not right that Seattle politicians are making draconian cuts to law enforcement services that primarily serve rural and suburban King County — cuts that don’t impact service in their own districts...To further slash our Sheriff’s Office budget betrays one of the most fundamental duties of government: to provide for the public safety of our communities.”

November 10, 2020
Councilmember Dunn champions outreach plan to increase access to COVID-19 vaccine
“Knowing that a COVID-19 vaccine could soon be widely available, King County needs to be poised to help get that vaccine to folks who don’t have easy access to public information because of language barriers, lack of internet service, or some other factor. Having an outreach plan will empower and encourage more people, including historically disadvantaged groups, to get vaccinated, protecting themselves and others from the coronavirus.”

November 9, 2020
Dunn proposes budget amendment to put King County residents ‘first in line’ for federally approved COVID-19 vaccine
“...King County must continue to strengthen our Public Health infrastructure to ensure that people who wish to be vaccinated can do so as soon as it is available. King County wants to be on our toes, not our heels when a vaccine is ultimately ready for manufacture and distribution to our citizens, and this is the vital first step.”   

October 13, 2020
Poor Community Dialogue and ‘Lightning Speed’ Public Process: Councilmember Dunn Votes ‘No’ on New Sales Tax
“The lack of adequate public process for this tax increase has created uncertainties for our suburban cities who were left behind by the speed of King County’s action at a time they’re already facing economic uncertainties due to the COVID-19 response." 

September 29, 2020
Dunn’s Request for Study on COVID-19 Response Approved by King County Council
“The COVID-19 pandemic is among the most significant viral outbreaks this generation has experienced. Given that this is new territory for all of us, we must arm ourselves with empirical information on what is effective in battling a pandemic. We never know when we will face another crisis-level outbreak.”

September 22, 2020
‘All County Residents Should be Very Concerned’: Councilmember Dunn Responds to Proposed Cuts to Sheriff’s Office
"This proposed budget neglects what is possibly the most important and basic job of government: to provide for the safety of our residents who rely on law enforcement during times of crisis. By cutting law enforcement funding by $6.2 million, County leadership would completely eliminate key services such as the KCSO gang unit, while simultaneously emptying an entire floor of the jail onto the streets of King County. This is a dangerous approach to public safety and all county residents should be very concerned."

September 17, 2020
Dunn: Defunding KCSO Would ‘Create a Perfect Storm’ for Public Safety
“Releasing felons into our communities while simultaneously slashing the budget of the Sheriff’s Office by millions will create a perfect storm that will jeopardize community safety. We might as well hang a huge neon sign on the Space Needle that reads ‘Hey Organized Crime: King County is Open for Business.’ Our crime rates will surely spike locally as they already have started to do in many areas with shootings and homicides..."

September 10, 2020
$150,000 King County Flood Control Grant Awarded to City of Maple Valley
“This culvert replacement will not only bolster flood protection on a critical roadway, but it will also provide passage and habitat for fish populations. I’m glad that the Flood Control District is backing this critical project." 

September 10, 2020
$100,000 King County Flood Control Grant Awarded to City of Renton
“This is an important, multi-benefit project that provides critical flood protection while also improving drainage and water quality in the Renton Highlands area. I’m glad that the Flood Control District is continuing to partner with the City of Renton to invest in flood control infrastructure that will serve our community for years to come.” 

September 9, 2020
King County Flood Control Grants Awarded to Enumclaw Flood Reduction Projects
“I’m glad to see continued investments in both preventing flooding and improving fish passage in the Enumclaw area. It’s important to maintain the flood control infrastructure that protects our community as well as our natural environment.” 

September 1, 2020
Councilmember Reagan Dunn Champions $49.5K in COVID-19 Funding for Enumclaw Expo Center
“I’m glad to be able to support the Enumclaw community as they find creative ways to adapt to safety and health requirements. It was a high priority for me to help get the Expo Center the funding it needs to make it through these tough economic times because the Enumclaw Expo plays a critical role as the host of mainstay community events, including King County Fair. This funding will go far in keeping treasured traditions alive."

August 19, 2020
‘A political giant’: Councilmember Dunn on Passing of Slade Gorton
“Slade Gorton was a political giant whose magnanimity shone through until his final days. He was one of the greatest minds to have ever served Washington State in elected office, and the significance of his life’s work will be felt long beyond his time on earth...."

August 11, 2020
Dunn Urges Leaders to ‘stand for law and order’ after Seattle City Council Votes to Cut Police Budget, Chief Best Resigns
“By moving to defund its police department, the Seattle City Council is abandoning one of its central responsibilities: to keep everyday families and citizens safe. This cannot become the new normal for King County..."

July 16, 2020
John Chelminiak, former Bellevue Mayor, to serve on the King County Regional Homelessness Authority Implementation Board
“John has a well-deserved reputation of being a local champion of human services, and I am grateful that he has once again agreed to continue that work at the King County Regional Homelessness Authority. There is an urgent need to address homelessness in King County in a meaningful way, and with his decades of experience and heart for public service, John will be an invaluable addition to the board.”

July 7, 2020
Dunn’s Legislation Tasks King County with Creating Pandemic Response Plans
“I hope King County will never see another viral outbreak like COVID-19, but we should absolutely be prepared for one. By working now to preserve the lessons of our COVID-19 response, we’re ensuring that we are poised to fight a viral outbreak in the future and get our County back on its feet as soon as possible.”

June 26, 2020
‘Not So Fast’: Councilmember Dunn Expresses Strong Concern About DNRP Permanent Work-From-Home Mandate
"This is a hugely impactful decision made with zero public process or workplan. By ordering nearly half its employees to permanently work from home, DNRP has set a dangerous precedent for King County operations that could escalate to impact the remaining 19,000 County employees and agencies..."

June 23, 2020
Council Approves Dunn’s Payment Plan for King County Property Taxes
“I believe it’s an act of leadership for the County to shoulder a share the financial burden that many of its residents are struggling with during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is good policy that offers a little leniency to folks who are stretched thin and not able to pay their bills.”

June 16, 2020
Councilmember Dunn’s Property Tax Relief Plan Passes Hurdle
“I believe it’s an act of leadership for the County to shoulder a share of the financial burden that many of its residents are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is good policy that offers a little leniency to folks who need it most.”

May 26, 2020
Councilmembers Dunn & von Reichbauer Issue Statements Opposing Sewer Rate Increase
“Increasing the financial burden on King County residents and businesses in the middle of an economic crisis is not just tone deaf — it’s poor leadership. The County should be the first to keep our own operations as lean as possible to help our ratepayers through this time of financial hardship.”

May 21, 2020
Dunn Proposes New Plan for Property Tax Relief
“In our current crisis, a mere delay on property taxes isn’t enough to meet the great financial need of many King County residents. We should act now to help taxpayers who are doing everything they can to make ends meet, but still face a due-in-full property tax bill even as the economic fallout intensifies.”

May 4, 2020
Dunn Calls for Creation of County-wide Pandemic Response Plans
“Everything we are learning during our COVID-19 response should inform the creation of efficient, effective pandemic response plans. In the case of a future pandemic, remembering the lessons of history will help us save lives and get our County back on its feet as soon as possible.”

April 30, 2020
Councilmember Dunn Asks for Report on Effectiveness of COVID-19 Response
“The COVID-19 pandemic may well be the worst viral outbreak many of us will see in our lifetimes. Given that this is new territory for all of us, we must arm ourselves with data on what worked and what didn’t in case we are ever faced with another crisis-level outbreak.”

April 27, 2020
Councilmember Dunn Proposes King County Hiring Freeze
“King County government is downstream from the full economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we must start exercising frugality in preparation for the financial shock that will come in our next budget cycle. Many businesses and organizations are having to make similar spending cuts — and King County is no exception.”

April 21, 2020
Councilmember Dunn Issues Statement After Rent Freeze Legislation is Voted Down
“The Council made the right decision today in voting down the ‘free rent’ legislation. Forcing Landlords and property owners to provide their services without compensation would not only be an absolute violation of basic American rights, but stopping rent payments would also have a devastating domino effect on our struggling economy. This was apparent to my colleagues who voted against this legislation today, and I appreciate their thoughtful consideration.”

April 20, 2020
National Vaccine Production Effort Poised to Land in Seattle Suburb
“Now is the time to put our focus on the future. At a time when we are seeing record unemployment, the establishment of this industry in Renton and King County could counter the trend and provide much needed new jobs.”

April 14, 2020
County Launches Dunn’s Project C.A.R.E. to Engage Community in Region’s COVID-19 Response 
“So many people have been looking for ways to support their community as we all navigate the impacts of COVID-19. That generosity is what first inspired me to create a one-stop shop to connect folks with opportunities to give back. In this time of crisis, my hope is that Project C.A.R.E. will unite our region and help us look out for each other.”

April 14, 2020
Councilmember Dunn Issues Statement Opposing Rent and Mortgage Moratorium Motion
"A rent and mortgage moratorium would set a very dangerous precedent by harnessing the power of a public health crisis to undermine the basic free market principles of supply and demand. If landlords and banks aren't paid, we could see far, far greater damage to our economy than what has already been caused by this pandemic. This legislation should be opposed..."

April 7, 2020
Dunn Legislation Invites Business Leaders to Help Plan for Economic Recovery
“When we emerge from this pandemic, I want to already have a game plan in motion for how King County can be a partner in rebuilding our crippled economy. Our local businesses know best what help they will need — so let’s welcome them to the table. We will be stronger if we work together.”

March 24, 2020
Council Approves Dunn’s Program to Engage Community in Region’s COVID-19 Response
“In this time of crisis, the spirit of generosity in our region has really shone through. So many people have been asking how they can support their community in the wake of COVID-19 — and that desire to step-up and volunteer is what inspired me to create a one-stop shop to connect those who want to help with those who need it.”

March 23, 2020
Councilmember Dunn Issues Statement in Support of Gov. Inslee’s ‘Stay at Home’ Order
“I am fully supportive of the Governor’s decision to issue a ‘stay at home’ order. This is a critical public health decision and it will give our community a stronger tool to slow the spread of COVID-19.  While this order puts a burden on every one of us, the sacrifices our community makes today will be rewarded in lives saved in the near future.”

March 13, 2020
Councilmember Dunn Issues Statement in Response to News that Potentially Infected Person Fled Kent Quarantine Facility
"... I am extremely disappointed to hear that a quarantine patient left the facility in Kent and is now back in the general population.This loss of trust means I will have much more stringent standards when considering any proposed quarantine sites in King County..." 

March 10, 2020
King County to Boost Volunteer Opportunities for People to Aid in the Region’s Coronavirus Response
“Many people feel powerless to help in this evolving crisis. This program will empower those people with safe and productive avenues to share their expertise and make a difference as we fight COVID-19 and prevent its further spread.” 

February 25, 2020
Dunn awards Martin Luther King Medal of Distinguished Service to Rob Nist
“Rob saw a problem and was determined to fix it. Because of the countless hours he dedicated toward renewing Ravensdale Park, thousands of kids now have better access to athletics and the outdoors. Rob is an example of everyone’s potential to make a difference, and I’m proud to be able to support his efforts.” 

February 7, 2020
Local Officials Respond to Issaquah Creek Flooding
“The damage caused by the flooding of Issaquah Creek is a timely reminder of how much our region relies on proactive flood control. It’s imperative that we put the infrastructure in place to fight flooding before the waters ever reach our doorsteps and roadways. I will be asking the Flood Control District to re-evaluate flood protection needs along the Issaquah Creek so that during the next heavy rainfall, our roads, residents, and homes will experience less risk of flooding.”

January 29, 2020
Head Tax Proposed in Legislature – Statement from Reagan Dunn
“This renewed effort to tax jobs is a political zombie stumbling back from the graveyard of bad ideas. This proposal is just Seattle’s failed head tax with a new coat of paint, the only difference is the original disincentivized job creation in Seattle and this version disincentivizes higher wages for the entire County.”

January 8, 2020
Councilmember Dunn Reappointed to County Leadership Position for 2020
“It is a distinct honor and responsibility to serve on the Council’s leadership team, and I’m grateful to my colleagues for their continued faith in me. In addition my role as vice chair, I’m excited to serve on committees that work on some of the critical issues in our region — including criminal justice, affordable housing, wastewater treatment, and rural and unincorporated services.”

January 3, 2020
Bella, Lucy top the list of most popular pet names in King County
“Licensing your pet gives them a fighting chance of making it back home should they become lost. Beyond helping keep your own pet safe, the licensing fee you pay supports RASKC’s shelters that give thousands of pets a second chance.”

November 20, 2019
Following Community Opposition to County Project, Dunn Champions Effort to Find Alternatives
“When we hear that a County project isn’t working for the community, it’s time to stop and reassess our plan of action. I am confident that the King County Parks Department and City of Maple Valley can work together for a project that better meets the needs of the people of Maple Valley.” 

November 20, 2019
$100k for Homeless Bus Tickets Included in Supplemental Budget
“This funding allows us to offer stop-gap family reunification services while collecting data that will inform the design of a dedicated Homeward Bound program. Considering that San Diego spends $1.2 million on their Homeward Bound program, ours will ultimately require a larger investment — but for now, this is a good start.”

November 5, 2019
King County Voters Approve Lifesaving Medic One Levy
“When voters overwhelmingly approved Prop. 1, they voted to ensure that King County residents have access to life-saving help in an emergency medical situation. I’m proud that our EMS system is widely recognized as one the best in the world and am gratified that the voters decided to maintain this high standard of service.”

October 17, 2019
Key Flood Control Committee Recommends $2 Million in Funding for Critical Upgrades to Black River Pump Station
“It is absolutely critical for the welfare of Renton, Tukwila, and Kent communities that the Black River Pump Station is in prime condition. This funding ensures that these communities are insulated from flooding risk.”

October 16, 2019
More Roads in Fairwood, Renton Highlands Could be Plowed During Major Snowstorms
“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. As we go into the next budget cycle, I will continue to work to ensure that more unincorporated roadways are kept clear and safe during winter storms.” 

October 15, 2019
More Roads in Maple Valley, Covington, Black Diamond Could be Plowed During Major Snowstorms
“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. As we go into the next budget cycle, I will continue to work to ensure that more unincorporated roadways are kept clear and safe during winter storms.”   

October 1, 2019
Dunn Issues Statement on Drainage District 5 Commissioner Mail Fraud Charge
“Any arrest for public corruption is an extremely grave matter and signals the very real possibility of an unacceptable violation of the public’s trust. I am grateful that the taxpayers in Drainage District 5 will have the chance to see justice brought to this case. Thank you to the FBI, IRS Criminal Investigation, and Enumclaw Police Department for their diligent investigation of this matter.” 

September 25, 2019
County Council Recognizes September as National Recovery Month
“National Recovery Month is a time to spread the message that it is always possible to reclaim your life from addiction and mental illness. It is important that anyone who seeks recovery knows that there are services available to help them succeed.” 

September 12, 2019
Dunn, Gossett Introduce Motion to Provide Disaster Relief to the Bahamas
“It is the American way to give generously when we see others in need. This donation program gives King County employees a means to help Bahamian families and communities who have a long recovery ahead.”

September 12, 2019
Dunn Delivers Retired Metro Van to Renton School for Students with Learning Disabilities

“I’m glad to be able to support an organization where students, regardless of needs, abilities or differences, can reach their full potential. This van will allow these students to access additional learning opportunities at New Horizon School.”

September 11, 2019
Renton, Covington, Enumclaw Uber, Lyft, taxi drivers to get sex trafficking awareness training
“For-hire and taxi drivers are in a unique position to be allies in the fight against human trafficking. This training will ensure that more victims and survivors of trafficking are seen and offered help when they need it most.”

September 11, 2019
Dunn Legislative Package Proposes Innovative Solutions to Homelessness Crisis
“There is a real need for our local elected officials to start strategically tackling some of the core issues that greatly contribute to homelessness. This legislation isn’t a cure-all, but I do believe it is a step toward the sound policy that our region desperately needs.”  

September 10, 2019
King County Flood Control District grants to go toward Middle Soos Creek restoration project
“When we invest in restoring King County’s critical habitats we invest in the future of our region’s ecosystems. I look forward to seeing the results of these projects throughout our four major watersheds.”

September 4, 2019
Controversial Homelessness Proposal Opposed by Dunn
“We can do better than more bureaucrats and more taxes. This new layer of government would be undemocratically structured, lack representation of suburban cities, and be yet another expense on taxpayers."


July 18, 2019
Dunn Welcomes Crowd to the 156th Annual King County Fair
“Welcoming the youngest generation to the King County Fair is always a special experience. The Fair is a long-standing tradition in our community that is beloved by both the young and the old. I am honored to be able to be a part of the excitement each year and look forward to it every summer!” 

July 12, 2019
The King County Fair is Back - Festivities Start July 18
“The King County Fair is one of my favorite local traditions and it’s fun to see so many folks from across the County joining in on the festivities. There truly is something for everyone and I anticipate a big crowd this year!.” 

July 9, 2019
Youth Sports, Veterans and Health Services in Enumclaw Awarded Funding from King County
“It’s important to support those groups that have their boots on the ground—doing real, meaningful work for people day in and day out. Each of these organizations plays a crucial role in the Enumclaw community and I’m pleased to help secure funding for their work.” 

July 3, 2019
Dunn Holds Four Town Hall Meetings in East and South King County
“Our annual town hall meetings are an essential service for residents of unincorporated King County. Elected officials and public employees need to be accessible and accountable, and town hall meetings are a way for hundreds of residents to get to speak face-to-face with the people who work for them. Thank you to the many people who showed up to ask thoughtful questions about how the county serves them.” 

July 1, 2019
Dunn Appoints Commissioners to Three Vacant Drainage District Seats Following Concerns of Fraud and Illegitimate Election Practices
“These recent events exposed not only a few bad actors, but a greater weakness in state law regarding special purpose districts. That’s why I’ve introduced legislation here in King County to add a new layer of accountability for certain special purpose districts. The public needs to be able to trust beyond a doubt that their local governments, however small, are legitimate and transparent.” 

June 7, 2019
“Dave Lutes Day” Proclaimed in King County
“Those who have known Dave know him to be man with a true heart for the game and the student athletes he served. I’ve appreciated working with him throughout his many years with the Kent School District and I wish him well on his next chapter of life.” 

June 4, 2019
Dunn to Host Town Halls in Unincorporated Communities
The annual town hall meetings are an opportunity for Councilmember Dunn to hear from residents of unincorporated King County that he represents about the questions or concerns they may have.  

May 15, 2019
Council Approves New Layer of Accountability for Special Districts
“Given recent events, it is the right thing for the County to intercede where they can to bring more accountability to special purpose districts. The public deserves to have the utmost assurance that their local governments are functioning legitimately.” 

May 15, 2019
County employees sent into “working retirement”
“A van is a small gift that can go a long way for the agencies that care for the most vulnerable among us. I am proud to support the crucial, life-giving work of those who serve our communities, day in and day out.”

May 15, 2019
In Remembrance of Service and Sacrifice, County Council Recognizes National Peace Officers Memorial Day
“The day is especially poignant this year as Mayor Ralph, along with representatives from the Kent Police Department and the Kent community, is in D.C. to give witness to the memorialization of Kent Police Officers Derrick William Focht and Diego Moreno.”

April 24, 2019
Dunn Statement on Landfill Expansion Vote
“We are long overdue for a long-term plan for how King County will responsibly manage its trash.”

April 24, 2019
County Council recognizes April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month
“The trauma of sexual assault is something that no one should have to bear in silence. I hope that Sexual Assault Awareness Month will embolden victims of sexual violence to share their stories, seek help and healing, and bring the perpetrators to justice.”

April 4, 2019
Hobart area resident Adrian Medved confirmed to second term on King County Women’s Advisory Board
“Adrian Medved brings an essential perspective to the table as longtime resident of unincorporated King County. Her heart for service and awareness of the needs of rural King County make her a valuable asset to the Women’s Advisory Board.” 

April 1, 2019
Bellevue Resident Anne Repass Approved as King County Library Board Trustee
“I’m grateful that we have residents as qualified and willing to step up to serve their communities as Anne Repass. Her qualifications are impressive and reflect someone who is deeply committed to the core mission of our public libraries.” 

March 27, 2019
Responding to the rise of Islamophobia
“The freedom of all people to worship as they choose is an inherent human right and a defining value of our country. Today, I grieve alongside the Muslim community here in King County, across our country, and beyond. People of all faiths, creeds, and religions must stand together as one to condemn religious violence, knowing that we are stronger united than divided.” 

March 20, 2019
“Dave Reichert Day” Proclaimed in King County
“Congressman Reichert represented the very same district as my mother, the late Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn, and I appreciated that he continued my mother’s leadership style of bipartisanship and working across the aisle. During his time in Congress I was honored to work closely with him to expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area.”

March 15, 2019
Enumclaw Area Community Projects Awarded County Grants
“It’s important to fund local organizations like these that are on the ground, meeting real needs in our community. I’m glad to be able to help support their excellent work!” 

March 15, 2019
Fairwood Area Community Projects Awarded County Grants
“Unincorporated areas especially rely on strong community bonds, and that’s why I’ve made it a priority to support funding for unincorporated communities like Fairwood. I’m glad to have been able to help provide financial boost to projects that make our neighborhoods better places to live.” 

March 15, 2019
Greater Maple Valley Area Community Projects Awarded County Grants
“I’m proud to be able to help these programs that are working to meet key needs in our unincorporated communities. I know this financial support will be put to great use by the people of greater Maple Valley.” 

March 15, 2019
Greater Renton Area Community Projects Awarded County Grants
“I’m glad to be able to help provide funding for these organizations that are working to build stronger communities. Their projects add life and vibrancy to our unincorporated neighborhoods, and it’s important to me to support their efforts.” 

March 13, 2019
Maple Valley resident Amy Blue appointed to serve on King County Landmarks Commission
“Amy has been an active participant in our region for the past decade, including volunteering with the Maple Valley Historical Society since 2017. The Landmarks Commission will be well served by having someone with Amy’s experience and community involvement as a member of the commission.” 

March 13, 2019
Public to have opportunity to comment on potential expansion of Cedar Hills Regional Landfill at special meeting of County Council
“I pushed for the full County Council to hold a meeting in a location that is local to the landfill because I believe it is only fair to give these folks a chance to be heard before the Solid Waste Comprehensive Plan goes to vote.” 

March 12, 2019
Dunn statement on designation of Mountains to Sound Greenway as National Heritage Area
“Today’s action will benefit generations of future residents of this great state. My children will now be able to explore these lands with their kids too, just as I did with my mom and brother growing up. This is a great day for all of Washington.”

February 27, 2019
Enumclaw Resident Christine Williams Awarded MLK Medal of Distinguished Service
“Christine Williams is an exceptional King County resident. Her selfless dedication is a testament to the strong community bonds on the Enumclaw Plateau. Her work is life-saving for some seniors, and raises the quality of life for those unable to prepare food for themselves.”

February 26, 2019
Dunn Urges President to Approve National Designation for Mountains to Sound Greenway
“The Mountains to Sound Greenway is truly one of the crown jewels of the Pacific Northwest and the United States. As our region continues to grow so rapidly, it is especially critical that we take the necessary steps to preserve the natural beauty that makes our region so special.” 

February 22, 2019
DUNN: UW Medicine Data Breach Must Be Investigated by County
"This is a breach of data, but it’s also a massive breach of the public’s trust. That’s why I am immediately introducing legislation requesting the County Executive to form a commission to investigate what went wrong, why it happened, and how to ensure this never happens again. The public deserves so much better.”

February 20, 2019
Bellevue Resident Heather Trescases reappointed to 4Culture Board
“Heather Trescases is an incredible asset to 4Culture’s pursuit of cultural development and accessibility. Her substantial experience in historic preservation and her unique perspective have helped her guide 4Culture effectively and stay faithful to its mission.” 

February 19, 2019
Renton Resident Mitchell Sheppard reappointed to 4Culture Board
“Mitchell is dedicated to enhancing the accessibility and quality of King County’s arts and cultural opportunities, both through his work as a video producer and storyteller and his investment in 4Culture.”

January 29, 2019
Retired county van to go “on patrol” with Covington Police Department
“These vehicles are a tremendous resource, providing transportation for the many activities in the communities they ‘retire’ to.”  

January 25, 2019
Dunn statement on agreement to reopen the federal government
“I’m heartened to hear both parties have come together to find a way to re-open the federal government.”  

January 23, 2019
Dunn delivers van into “working retirement” in Maple Valley
The mission of Tahoma’s Student Transition Program is very important. It is my honor to present these well-deserving students with a retired Metro Van.

January 18, 2019
Dunn Joins Partnership to Promote Awareness of Human Trafficking in King County
The awareness campaign builds on a successful effort led by the King County Council in 2013, which was launched in response to legislation that Dunn sponsored that year.

December 28, 2018
Bella, Luna head the list of King County’s Top Pet Names
This year, King County residents have registered 66,721 dogs and 27,432 cats!

Bellevue, Black Diamond/Covington/Maple Valley, Enumclaw, Kent, NewcastleUnincorporated King County

December 12, 2018
Issaquah and Redmond libraries to benefit from retirement of bonds
“It’s not every day a governmental organization shuts itself down. But I’m glad to see that the bonds for the Issaquah and Redmond Libraries have been paid off and we are reinvesting the remaining funds into these libraries. The Issaquah and Redmond libraries are an enormous community and educational resource and these funds will help keep them strong.” 

December 10, 2018
Dunn Congratulates New Director of Department of Local Services
“The creation of the Department of Local Services is a welcome next step in the county’s efforts to be responsive to our unincorporated residents. I look forward to working with the new department and its director in serving unincorporated communities.”

December 4, 2018
Dunn delivers retired Metro Van to Vine Maple Place
“Vine Maple Place has done a great job working to end local homelessness. It is my honor to present this well-deserving organization with a retired Metro Van.”

November 13, 2018
Dunn champions funds for improvements to the Issaquah Hobart corridor in “fiscally-prudent” 2019-2020 King County Budget
“Our region has enjoyed several years of economic growth, but I’m mindful that an eventual economic downturn is inevitable, and by maximizing financial reserves and maintaining a healthy rainy day fund we will be in a better position to provide services in the face of future economic challenges.”

November 13, 2018
Gang Unit and Massive Investments in Housing, Homeless Services, and Transportation Headline Budget
“Our region has enjoyed several years of economic growth, but I’m mindful that an eventual economic downturn is inevitable. This budget maximizes financial reserves and maintains a healthy rainy day fund which puts the County in a better position to provide services in the face of future economic challenges.”

November 9, 2018
Street receives honorary name for fallen Iraq War Veteran 1LT Michael Adams
Lining the street that now bears his name, more than 100 community members, family, and current and former U.S. Military service members joined in the honorary naming of a road in memory and recognition of First Lieutenant Michael R. Adams.

November 5, 2018
Beyond fingerprints: celebrating 30 years of AFIS
“Over the last 30 years the AFIS has been an irreplaceable tool in the apprehension of criminal suspects and has become a model for cost-effective regionalized services. I look forward to their continued good work in helping to keep the residents of King County safe.”  

October 24, 2018
Recognizing the efforts of attorneys providing legal aid to those in need
“Time committed to pro bono work is invaluable to both the attorney and the people they help. Pro bono work is a true chance to give back to the community and provide assistance to those who can’t afford legal services.”  

October 15, 2018
Council Recognizes “Gene Duvernoy Day”
“The impact that Gene has had on the present and future health of the physical and social environments in the state of Washington is unmeasurable and unmistakable.”  

September 20, 2018
KidsQuest receives a financial boost from County Council
“I’m glad King County prioritized funding for organizations such as KidsQuest that provide accessible hands on learning experiences for our children that will help set them up for success in the future.”  

September 18, 2018
Dunn delivers retired Metro Van to Enumclaw School District Special Needs Transition Program
“This new means of transportation will allow students to gain important workforce skills. It is my honor to provide a van to such a well-deserving program."

September 10, 2018
Lasting tribute for first King County Executive
“Gov. Spellman worked to transform King County into a strong, open government by working with everyone regardless of political background. He led the way for our nonpartisan approach to governing and I am glad this dedication preserves a piece of his legacy."

September 5, 2018
King County Flood Control District grants to go toward Vashon Beach restoration projects to protect WRIA 9 Duwamish and Green Rivers
"When we invest in restoring King County’s critical habitats we invest in the future of our region’s ecosystems. I look forward to seeing the results of these projects throughout our four major watersheds."

July 30, 2018
Council adopts memorial for Gov. Spellman
"Gov. Spellman is very deserving of this honor. As the first County Executive, he led the transformation of King County into a strong regional government and deserves immeasurable credit for what King County has become."

July 30, 2018
Council approves collaborative effort to combat Human Trafficking
"King County is unfortunately a hot spot for trafficking because of our proximity to so many national and international hubs for travel. The work we are doing is critical in helping victims and preventing future victimization in our region and beyond."

July 30, 2018
Dunn and Upthegrove secure funds for Renton and Newcastle arts projects
Arts programs in Renton will benefit from funds approved by the County Council.

July 30, 2018
KidsQuest to Receive $733,000 Towards New Location
“KidsQuest provides hands on learning experiences that benefits residents throughout the county. I’m glad we as a county are continuing to support this great resource as they expand their services.”

July 30, 2018
Field Will Be Named in Honor of ‘The Face of Kentridge’
“Eric Anderson was a great man. The positive influence he had on Kentridge High School and its students is immeasurable. His selflessness and dedication were admirable, and we lost him too soon.”

July 30, 2018
Enumclaw Resident Scott Gray appointed to serve on the King County 4Culture task force
“Scott’s experience working on the King County Fair will add valuable insight as we look at how to make arts and culture funding work for the entire county.”

July 30, 2018
Dunn secures funds for Newcastle arts projects
Newcastle brick monument will be featured in renewed public space at Newcastle Commons.

July 23, 2018
Councilmember Dunn to donate surplus vanpool vans to organizations in District 9
“Repurposing retired Metro vans both maximizes County resources and allows community organizations to better serve residents.”

July 23, 2018
Councilmember Dunn donates surplus vanpool van to Enumclaw School District Special Needs Transition Program
“Repurposing retired Metro Vans to serve residents in King County is a win-win.” 

July 23, 2018
“Retiring” county employees prepare for new adventures
“Repurposing retired Metro vans both maximizes County resources and allows community organizations to better serve residents.”  

July 19, 2018
Commencing the 156th Edition of the King County Fair
“It was an honor to welcome everyone to the 156th King County Fair. I always enjoy partaking in the tradition of presenting the first tickets to the youngest generation of fair attendees.” 

July 17, 2018
Regional Human Trafficking Awareness Effort Moving Forward
“King County is unfortunately a hot spot for trafficking because of our proximity to so many national and international hubs for travel. The work we are doing is critical in helping victims and preventing future victimization in our region and beyond.” 

July 13, 2018
Animals, Rides, Food—and Technology: The King County Fair starts July 19
“Each year I look forward to this great event because it is truly fun for all. I hope everyone can make it out!”

July 9, 2018
Funds set aside to design improvements to SE May Valley Road/Issaquah-Hobart Road intersection
“One of my top priorities is to secure improvements to the Issaquah-Hobart Road Corridor despite our limited resources. These update are badly needed in order to make this intersection safer and more efficient.” 

July 9, 2018
Tahoma High School’s award winning “We the People” program to receive boost from County budget
“Tahoma High School's We the People program is so thankful for the funds provided because of Reagan Dunn's advocating. This program is life changing and leads to these young adults becoming engaged, educated citizens.”

July 9, 2018
Kindering to receive $2500 from budget update
“We are so very grateful for the King County Council’s tremendous and ongoing support of early intervention services for our community’s most vulnerable children.”

June 26, 2018
Increased patrols for 4th of July
“I’ve worked to secure these extra funds for increased patrols to help ensure neighborhoods in unincorporated King County can safely celebrate the Fourth of July holiday this year.” 

June 25, 2018
Dunn Applauds House Passage of Mountains to Sound Greenway Heritage Act
“The Mountains to Sound Greenway is part of the fabric that makes our state such a great place to call home. I spent years hiking those trails with my brother and mom. I have worked throughout my career to help secure conservation lands along the greenway. I’m fortunate to have been able to play a role in distinguishing this beautiful stretch of land as a National Heritage Area.”  

May 14, 2018
Honoring Service and Sacrifice, County Council recognizes Police Week
“18 King County Sheriff’s Officers have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Their names are forever memorialized as you enter the King County Courthouse 3rd Avenue entrance. It’s fitting to remember our local law enforcement officers on a week that remembers those who dedicate their lives for the protection of others.”  

April 30, 2018
Dunn presents Scott Gray MLK Medal of Distinguished Service for his efforts in saving the King County Fair
“Scott’s leadership and dedication to helping to save the King County Fair is a gift to the entire region. As part of the community effort, Scott has turned the Fair and the Expo Center into a thriving facility.”

April 23, 2018
Raising Awareness and Recognizing Survivors
“Survivors of sexual assault should not believe they are alone, that there this is no one to assist them through what has happened. Sadly, too many who have had this happen to them believe they are alone. I hope by promoting Sexual Assault Awareness Month survivors are one step closer to connecting to the resources they need.”

April 23, 2018
Water District gets new name
“The District requested a name change that reflects an important part of the community they serve. I’m very glad to support their effort.”  

April 23, 2018
Chad Buechler reappointed to Regional Human Oversight Services Board
“I’m very appreciative to Chad for continuing to serve the County in this capacity, with the recent expansion of the levy it is important to have his knowledge and expertise represented on the board.”

April 23, 2018
Covington agreement with King County on historic buildings good news for taxpayers
“This is about saving money for the taxpayers. As more cities contract with the county for landmark services, it reduces the total costs for everybody.” 

April 11, 2018
Dunn to Congress: Support Mountains to Sound Greenway
“It’s our job to preserve this belt of natural area, especially with the remarkable growth our region is undergoing for future generations. I’d like to thank Congressman Reichert for his continued leadership and hard work on behalf of this important legislation.”  

April 9, 2018
King County Council Recognizes National Library Week
“The King County Library System plays a vital role in our community and we are honored to recognize National Library Week to show our gratitude and support for their dedication.”  

April 2, 2018
Bill Boyce appointed to King County Children and Youth Advisory Committee
“Bill has been involved in the lives of children for decades, through both the school district and the Rotary. He has made an investment in the kids of Kent and South King County and that experience will be invaluable in deciding how the levy funds should be used to help young people and their families.”

March 26, 2018
Council approves upgrading emergency system that serves Enumclaw
“Citizens deserve the best public safety infrastructure available. Today’s vote is an important step in that direction.” 

March 22, 2018
Bill focused on preventing newborn abandonment signed into law 

March 12, 2018
Council sends Levy for Automated Fingerprint Identification System to Ballot
“County voters will have the opportunity to continue supporting a system that protects our communities.”

March 6, 2018

Baby Kimball Tragedy Spurs Newborn Surrender Legislation
“Tragedies like what happened to Baby Kimball must never occur again. This bill will allow us to more effectively communicate existing protections to at-risk populations. It’s good policy and it’s the right thing to do.”

March 5, 2018
Seattle’s World Cup Bid Gains County Support
“King County would be a great place to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Our incredible Seattle Sounders have provided a great fan base and I would encourage our local jurisdictions to support this opportunity to boost and grow our local economy.”

February 7, 2018
Community Service Area Awards--Issaquah/Maple Valley/Renton 

February 5, 2018
Leann Krainick unanimously reappointed to the King County Agriculture Commission
“Leann has been a long-time member of the agricultural community on the Enumclaw Plateau and I am very pleased that she has agreed to continue to serve the county in this important role.”

January 31, 2018
Projects in Newcastle, Enumclaw get King County youth-amateur sports grants
“When these projects are implemented, residents in Newcastle and Enumclaw will have more opportunities for recreation and increased access to outdoor education.” 

January 29, 2018
County Council recognizes ongoing work to end Human Trafficking 
“King County offers resources to victims of human trafficking that can be accessed throughout our region. It’s our hope that in working to promote awareness of this heinous crime we’re able to reach someone in need.” 

January 22, 2018
Maple Valley resident David Pilgrim reappointed to serve on King County Landmarks Commission
“I’m glad to sponsor’s David’s reappointment to the King County Landmarks Commission. David’s had a key role in developing the future of Maple Valley and done a great job working to protect our region’s past.”

January 16, 2018
Dunn Statement on the passing of Gov. John Spellman
“Our state is a better place because of his service.”

December 29, 2017
Lucy, Bella head the list of King County’s Top Pet Names
“If you’re introducing a new pet to the family this holiday season, in addition to all the other necessities you’ll need to welcome them into your home, don’t forget a pet license. It’s easy to purchase one, it brings you additional piece of mind, and it’s the right thing to do.”

Bellevue and Newcastle, Black Diamond, Covington and Maple Valley, EnumclawKent 

December 12, 2017
County Council acts to protect users on County Trail System
“This legislation is an extra precaution to ensure the safety of our trail users.”

November 21, 2017
Road Safety Improvements planned for Fairwood Community
“Ensuring the county is using its limited resources to invest in the safety of our roads is one of my top priorities.”

November 6, 2017
King County will help fund restoration of Historic Fire Lookout
The funds will go towards building a brand new lookout tower for visitors to Pinnacle Peak to experience the iconic view of Mt. Rainier and the surrounding area.

November 6, 2017
Improvements Coming to Issaquah Hobart Road Traffic Timing
The budget addition will fund the King County Road Services Division’s installation of traffic monitoring that will allow remote traffic light timing adjustments.

November 6, 2017
Statement on Mass Shooting in Texas
“All people deserve to feel the utmost level of safety, especially at their place of worship. We condemn this despicable act of violence.”

November 3, 2017
New York City Terror Attack Spurs Action at County Council
“It is deplorable that terrorists are attacking innocent bystanders with cars and heartbreaking that we as a nation have been put in a position where it’s necessary to take these precautions.”  

October 31, 2017
Project to restore Historic Fire Lookout will receive King County funds
“I’m glad to be able to support this community effort to rebuild the Pinnacle Peak Fire Lookout. This fire lookout will be a great addition to the Enumclaw area and I look forward to seeing how this project progresses.”

October 31, 2017
Improvements to Issaquah Hobart Road Traffic Timing included in King County Budget
“I’ve heard from many residents and I know first-hand from sitting in traffic how congested the Issaquah Hobart Road Corridor is. This interim solution is a good step forward to work to improve traffic with our limited resources.”

October 31, 2017
Maple Valley Resident to serve on Civil Rights Commission
“Shontrana Gates-Wertman’s experience as an attorney for Washington state and her work to help individuals overcome social and economic barriers will add valuable expertise to the Commission. She is well qualified to represent District 9 on the King County Civil Rights Commission.”

October 23, 2017
Volunteering for justice: County Council celebrates Pro Bono Week
“Recognizing Pro Bono week highlights the importance of providing legal representation to those in our community most in need. I’d like to thank the attorneys in our region who dedicate their time and talent for the benefit of others and encourage others to participate in this worthy cause.”  

October 9, 2017
Agreement between Renton, King County on historic buildings is good news for taxpayers
“This is about saving money for the taxpayers. As more cities contract with the county for landmark services, it reduces the total costs for everybody.” 

October 2, 2017
Three Councilmembers Release Joint Statement
“As citizens across this nation and world react to the tragedy in Las Vegas, we ask fellow residents of King County to join us in donating financial support to provide relief to the victims and families of this horrific act of violence.”  

September 27, 2017
Dunn delivers retired Metro van to Enumclaw Senior Center, thanks staff and seniors for all they do
“Considering all the support they provide in helping older adults stay active and independent, the Enumclaw Senior Center and its counterparts in the area are undervalued. They make an important difference, but so much of what they do is behind-the-scenes.” 

September 27, 2017
Old Public Health Clinic to become new Renton Technical College Health Sciences Facility
“This legislation isn’t glamorous but it’s a great example of how King County works to use resources effectively in partnership with the local community.”

September 25, 2017
Dunn introduces legislation to preserve existing wetland
“Preserving open space allows citizens to enjoy the natural resources of our communities and protects habitat for wildlife.” 

September 21, 2017
Dunn presents retired Metro Van to Black Diamond Community Center
“This van, that will transport those who visit the Black Diamond Community Center, now has a second opportunity to provide for King County residents.” 

September 18, 2017
New Fairwood open space approved by King County Council
“I look forward to continuing to work with King County Conservation Futures to preserve these properties for both the local Fairwood community and for the larger Cedar River Watershed.”  

September 14, 2017
Dunn delivers retired Metro Van to Students of Tahoma School District’s Transition Program
“It is wonderful to know this van will continue to provide a valuable service and help students learn invaluable skills.”

September 13, 2017
Kent School District Teacher Nominated to Library System Board of Trustees
“I am happy to sponsor Ms. Grad’s appointment to the Library System Board of Trustees and look forward to seeing how she works to serve the residents of King County during her term.”  

September 12, 2017
County Councilmembers Partner with Doug Baldwin, Renton to support Family First Community Center
“I am glad to have helped secure funding to support the vision of the Family First Community Center facility and its role in the Greater Renton Community.” 

September 6, 2017
Dunn to Congressman Reichert: “Thank you for your service”
“To you Dave: you have done a great job and I am very proud to call you my friend.” 

September 1, 2017
Open house to hear about upcoming trail developments in the Eastside Rail Corridor
“Opening this interim trail will be a valuable addition to the Renton area and I look forward to seeing what the finalized trail will look like.”
August 30, 2017
Dunn secures retired Metro Van to CryOut! Renton Non-Profit
“I’m glad to have been able to match CryOut! with a retired Metro Van. This donation will support Renton youth and insures this county resource has a second opportunity to serve residents of King County.”

August 28, 2017
Dunn sponsors legislation for new Fairwood open space
“I look forward to working with the community and King County Conservation Futures to preserve these properties for both the local Fairwood community and for the larger Cedar River Watershed.” 

July 27, 2017
Dunn Encourages Fairwood Area Residents to Apply for Sound Transit Citizen Committee
“When it comes to Fairwood, ST3 missed the mark. If Fairwood residents are now expected to pay for its construction, it’s crucial that we have a citizen voice on the oversight committee.”

July 24, 2017
New careers for “retiring” County employees
“Repurposing retired Metro vans is a win-win. This program both maximizes County resources and allows community organizations to better serve residents.” 

July 13, 2017
Royalty welcomes fairgoers to the 155th edition of the King County Fair
“It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to participate in the tradition of presenting the first tickets to the youngest generation of fairgoers.”  

June 26, 2017
Dunn: Heroin injection sites only in cities that choose to establish the sites
“If we are to gamble with this experimental policy I am at least glad we are giving local jurisdictions the chance to decide whether the location of these sites would be right for their residents.”

June 26, 2017
County Council approves funds to increase emphasis patrols in unincorporated King County
“I heard concerns about traffic enforcement from residents of unincorporated King County over and over again at my annual town hall meetings. Increased visibility by the Sheriff’s office in unincorporated King County will help keep our children and our community’s safe by reminding drivers to obey traffic laws.”

June 14, 2017
Bill focused on preventing newborn abandonment passes out of State Senate
“Washington State Law already protects the safe surrender of newborns, this bill would just allow us to more effectively raise awareness about those protections to at-risk populations.” 

June 13, 2017
Get the Popcorn Ready! Dates set for King County’s Summer Family Movie Nights
“These movie nights are a great opportunities for neighborhoods to connect and families to enjoy a night out in some of King County’s wonderful parks.”

June 12, 2017
Enumclaw receives funds to secure future of King County Fair
“I am proud to be able to support the King County Fair, and want to express my support for the City of Enumclaw and the Enumclaw Expo Center for their work in keeping this vital tradition alive and well.”  

May 22, 2017
Vicki Olson’s commitment to preserve and celebrate the past recognized by Councilmember Dunn
“I am happy to award this Medal of Distinguished Service to Vicki Olson. Vicki’s tireless work to capture the history of Newcastle is not only admirable but reminds us all the value of preserving the past for future generations.”

May 22, 2017
County and Issaquah collaborate on Traffic Solutions on Issaquah-Hobart Road
“I am hopeful the results of this study can help us work to improve traffic on this important regional corridor. With the financial constraints placed on the Roads Services Division we’ll have to work creatively with our regional partners to find solutions to traffic congestion.”  

May 8, 2017
Honoring Service and Sacrifice, County Council recognizes Police Week
“I have a deep respect for the work law enforcement officers do and feel it’s more than fitting that we in turn honor the service of those officers who have fallen in the line of duty.” 

May 3, 2017
Legislation increasing representation on King County Library Board signed by Governor Inslee
“The King County Library System is now in a better position to serve the ever changing needs of our growing region.” 

May 1, 2017
Councilmember Reagan Dunn’s Statement on the passing of Mike Lowry
“I had the privilege of getting to know Governor Lowry and consider him a friend. I appreciate his hard work and contributions to our state and region.”

April 24, 2017
King County Library Board to better represent diversity of region
“This is a ‘good government’ bill that seeks to improve how the King County Library System serves the ever changing needs of our growing region.”  

April 17, 2017
Council adopts review of Emergency Response Plans for Dams
“This study aligns with the core mission of the King County Flood Control District, to protect people and property. I look forward to seeing the results of the study and working with my colleagues to continue to improve our regional emergency action plans.” 

April 10, 2017
County Council fills vacancies in District Court
“Matthew York and Jason Poydras will both serve Southeast King County well. The King County District Court plays an integral role in our criminal justice process and so I’m glad we as a council are appointing well qualified judges today.”  

April 6, 2017
King County honors local service in the “War to End all Wars”
On the 100th Anniversary of the U.S. entering WWI, Councilmember Reagan Dunn, Councilmember Rod Dembowski, local veterans and family members of those who served, gathered at the King County Courthouse to unveil plaques honoring King County and City of Seattle employees who served in WWI. The plaques are located just outside of the 4th Avenue entrance to the Courthouse.

April 6, 2017
Dunn recognizes Enumclaw resident’s service in the “War to End all Wars”
In recognition of the 100th Anniversary World War I and in memory of the King County and City of Seattle employees who then left their families, jobs, and lives to serve our nation, King County Council Vice Chairs Reagan Dunn and Rod Dembowski unveiled two refurbished bronze plaques at the entrance of the King County Courthouse.

April 6, 2017
Dunn recognizes local service in the “War to End all Wars”
“In the face of danger and discomfort, far away from home, our troops fought for our country and for freedom. King County will never forget that sacrifice, and these rededicated plaques serve as a physical reminder of that commitment.”

March 27, 2017
County and Issaquah collaborate on Traffic Solutions on Issaquah-Hobart Road
“I look forward to the results of this study and learning how we can work to improve traffic on this important regional corridor under a constrained financial environment.”  

March 8, 2017
Jensen Reappointed to Harborview Board of Trustees
“Lisa Jensen has served residents very well, and I am glad to support her reappointment. Her work has helped Harborview Medical Center remain a national model for public health efforts, and I am grateful for her service.” 

March 6, 2017
Dunn reappointed to County leadership for 2017
“I take my job seriously and appreciate the confidence my colleagues placed in me while working for good solutions last year. I’m honored that they have chosen to reappoint me as Vice Chair of the Council.”

March 6, 2017
Effort to Honor Veterans on 100th Anniversary of America’s Entry into First World War
“These names represent husbands, wives, brothers, and daughters who served our country. I look forward to the unveiling this renewed piece of our region’s history.”

March 6, 2017
County Council Women’s History Month proclamation recognizes, celebrates the challenges and contributions of women
“I feel it’s important that we celebrate the many accomplishments women have made in order to encourage the younger generations of women in our region to continue to break barriers.” 

February 24, 2017
Projects in unincorporated communities to receive county grants
Five community projects in unincorporated communities in District 9 will receive funding from the King County Community Service Area program.

February 22, 2017
Community projects to receive county grants

February 13, 2017
Council Adopts the Eastside Rail Corridor Trail Master Plan
The Metropolitan King County Council approved the next step in making the Eastside Rail Corridor a reality through the passage of the ERC’s Trail Master Plan. The Eastside Rail Corridor (ERC) is the former BNSF rail line that runs through the linear heart of the Eastside.

February 13, 2017
Lands that Doreen Johnson worked to protect will now carry her name
“This recognition honoring all the great work Doreen Johnson has done over the years is long overdue. Doreen’s service as a leader, advocate, and educator are greatly appreciated and serve as an example of service to one’s community for others in the future.”

January 17, 2017
Enumclaw Fire Department” sent to County Council
“Enumclaw is more than just the City of Enumclaw. Residents on the Enumclaw Plateau as well as the City of Enumclaw say they’re from Enumclaw. This name change not only has practical value in reducing confusion but also better suits the community’s identity.”

January 9, 2017
County Council recognizes ongoing work to end Human Trafficking
“King County recognizes Human Trafficking Month in order to create awareness about the many resources available to victims throughout our region. It is my hope that even a simple reminder of this tragic problem might make the difference in someone's life.”

January 5, 2017
Kuderer and Slatter fill vacancies in State Legislature
“I had the privilege of getting to know Vandana while serving as one of the City of Bellevue’s representatives on the King County Council. Her energy and intelligence will be a great asset to people of the 48th and the Washington State House of Representatives. I look forward to continuing to work with her and Patty Kuderer on our shared goals.”

December 30, 2016
Bella and Lily Top the Most Popular Pet names in King County
“Licensing your pet not only helps to protect your pet if it ever becomes lost, it also helps fund the life-saving work of Regional Animal Services of King County. Our pet registry awareness efforts contributed to a 10 percent spike in animal registrations last year. I’m hoping to see similar results this year.”  

December 2, 2016
Sheriff Urquhart, Council Vice Chair Dunn unveil memorial for fallen Sheriff Deputies
“I hope this memorial serves as a reminder of their work and as a way to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.” 

November 17, 2016
Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast Study funded through King County Budget
“As a Council we had a lot of tough decisions to make throughout the budget process. I am glad we were able to include funding for this important study even with the serious constraints to the roads fund.”  

November 15, 2016
Covington Transit, Parks, and Youth to benefit from Adopted County Budget
“I felt that maintaining funding for the Air Support and Marine Rescue Units was a top priority despite the tough decisions we as a Council had to make during this budget process. I’m also grateful to have had the opportunity to advocate for funds that will support good causes throughout southeast King County.”

November 14, 2016
Commitment to public safety, homelessness and transportation highlight King County Budget
“As a Council, we had a lot of tough decisions to make during this budget process. I’m thankful this budget will continue to support the lifesaving work of the Air Support and Marine Rescue Units and grateful to have had the opportunity to advocate for funds that will support great programs throughout southeast King County.”

November 14, 2016
Newcastle and Bellevue Parks and Programs to benefit from Adopted County Budget
“The Sheriff’s Office supports law enforcement, in Newcastle and serves as the first responders for more than 70,000 unincorporated residents living in District 9.”

November 14, 2016
Enumclaw parks, youth, and seniors to benefit from Adopted County Budget
“I felt that maintaining funding for the Air Support and Marine Rescue Units was critical despite the tough decisions we as a council faced throughout this process. I’m also grateful to have had the opportunity to advocate for funds that will support good causes throughout southeast King County.”

November 14, 2016
Maple Valley Parks and Programs to benefit from Adopted County Budget
“Since the Sheriff’s Office serves as the first responders for more than 70,000 unincorporated residents living in District 9 and supports law enforcement in Maple Valley, Covington, and Newcastle, I felt that maintaining funding for this life saving service was a top priority.”

November 14, 2016
Greater Renton area Parks and Programs to benefit from Adopted County Budget
“As a Council had a lot of tough decisions to make during this budget process. I am glad that we were able to continue supporting the lifesaving work of the King County Sheriff’s Office. I’m also glad to have had the chance to advocate for funds focused on promoting great youth programs and improving Renton neighborhood parks.”

November 7, 2016
County Council recognizes the life and work of State Senator Andy Hill
“Washington State lost a great leader with the death of Senator Andy Hill. His talent, dedication, and unwavering commitment to public service will be missed. My thoughts go out to his family.”

October 24, 2016
Increasing access to justice: King County Council celebrates Pro Bono Week
“Recognizing National Pro Bono week honors individuals, law firms, and organizations who work to serve those who lack access to legal assistance. It also reminds us as a region how crucial it is that we continue to support these efforts to increase access to justice.”

October 10, 2016
Hobart Area resident Adrian Medved nominated for appointment to the King County Women’s Advisory Board
“I am happy to nominate Adrian to the Women’s Advisory Board. Her career and volunteer experience, local roots, and knowledge of rural communities in King County will bring a fresh perspective to the board.”

October 5, 2016
King County honors indigent community members in memorial ceremony
“Today we gather to remember and bury the 278 men and women who died here in King County and mourn for those buried without families to remember them. We honor those buried today with our presence and remember their lives in our hearts.”

October 3, 2016
Enumclaw Plateau Area Farms to Receive Funds for Flooding Concerns
“Supporting ADAP means providing King County farmers and surrounding communities the means to manage damages caused by flooding. I know this is program is especially valuable for farmers living on the Enumclaw Plateau and look forward to seeing more residents take advantage of these resources.”

October 3, 2016
Cities of Maple Valley and Covington Receive Funds to Address Flooding Concerns
“The partnership between the Flood control District and the Cities of Covington and Maple Valley on flood mitigation projects is beneficial for residents impacted by flooding and the surrounding natural environments.”

October 3, 2016
Newcastle to Receive Funds for Flooding Concerns
“Reducing flooding around Lake Boren is good for residents seasonally impacted by flooding and for the surrounding natural habitat. I am glad the City of Newcastle is receiving these funds that will go towards this important project.”  

 October 3, 2016
County recognizes and celebrates value of workers with disabilities
“In recognizing Disability Employment Awareness Month we as a county celebrate the important contributions of our employees who do good work each day despite their own unique challenges.”

September 21, 2016
Bellevue resident Lalita Uppala appointed to the King County Library System’s Board of Trustees
“Libraries are a happy medium for immigrant and local communities offering enrichment, social integration and education. I appreciate the effort made by the King County Council in my appointment.”

September 21, 2016
Getting ready for November: Strong numbers for new ballot drop boxes in primary election
“The success of these new ballot drop boxes is a positive sign that the communities these boxes serve will be able to access voting during the general election. I look forward to seeing how the new ballot boxes continue to work towards our goal and make voting even more accessible for residents in Southeast King County.”

September 19, 2016
Recognizing sacrifice: County Council approves naming new facility at Boeing Field in honor of fallen firefighter
“During the war, Luther Bonner was on the Homefront protecting lives through his service as a firefighter. It is only fitting that the people who share his legacy in keeping people safe be located in a facility bearing his name.”

September 12, 2016
King County Council recognizes National Recovery Month
“It is so important for anyone in recovery to know there are people available and willing to help them succeed. In light of the Washington State Legislature’s recognition of this issue’s importance, it seemed fitting that the Council acknowledge National Recovery Month.”

September 7, 2016
Council committee approves blueprint for Best Starts for Kids
“In the past year I’ve heard from folks living in District 9 rural areas during a variety of community forums. I am glad that today’s legislative action includes rural areas as a future Best Starts for Kids investment opportunity.”

September 6, 2016
Chad Buechler appointed to Regional Human Oversight Services Board
“Chad’s experience, leadership abilities, and passion for equality make him a great addition to the Regional Human Services Citizen Oversight Board.”

September 6, 2016
Measures to prevent lead poisoning in King County
“One of King County’s most important jobs is to keep people safe. I am happy to support this legislation that not only directly works to protect our kids now but also addresses improvements to diagnostics that will help prevent future lead poisonings.”

August 29, 2016
Fairwood 50, celebrating community in one of King County’s incorporated areas
“Since King County acts as the local government for Fairwood, I wanted to make sure this important community milestone did not go unnoticed. I thoroughly enjoyed working with local leaders to both honor the area’s history and recognize the many diverse organizations that support Fairwood’s families, residents, and students.”  

August 17, 2016
Revival of King County Fair continues
After a revitalization effort by the City of Enumclaw, Enumclaw Expo Center, and King County, that included increased advertising, doubling presale tickets, and growing community partnerships, 2016 fair attendance doubled to 20,749 fairgoers.

August 15, 2016
Unique donation will be used to purchase land
“Supporting and preserving our region’s open spaces benefits our communities and natural areas. I am pleased this generous donation will be used to acquire land around Soos Creek and Spring Lake/Lake Desire Park.”

July 25, 2016
King County Sheriff’s Office receives donated boat for marine rescue
“This donated boat will allow our Sheriff’s Marine Unit to greatly expand their search and rescue capability. Thank you to Ms. Barbara Kajiya for her generosity and to my colleagues on the King County Council for approving this legislation.”

July 20, 2016
Newcastle Historical Society receives funding for Cemetery improvements
“Protecting and improving one of our region’s oldest cemeteries is an important investment for connecting future generations with the stories of those that came before them.”

July 18, 2016
Covington’s “Badges and Barbells” afterschool program receives funds from King County
“Instead of waiting until there is a crisis for us to try to communicate, this program will build trust between kids and cops in a positive and supportive environment. Instead of knowing each other only by stereotypes, we will get to know each other as human beings and become friends. This program will also help keep kids and first responders safe because people make better decisions when they are healthy and feel as though they are part of a community.”

July 14, 2016
Welcome to the Fair! 154th edition of the King County Fair underway
“The King County Fair has been a mainstay in King County for generations. The King County Fair is even bigger and better this year. Not only does it provide great entertainment but also serves as a valuable outlet for local youth agricultural programs.”

June 13, 2016
New Ballot Drop Box for Fairwood
“I am thrilled that in addition to Fairwood, the county has funded four additional drop box locations so that residents in the Renton Highlands, Maple Valley, Covington and Enumclaw will have additional options to cast their ballot.”

July 11, 2016
County Council to protect vulnerable lives
“Washington State has provided for safe locations and legal protections for persons to take their newborns up to 72 hours after the birth of a child if they themselves cannot take care of them. Our goal now is to share information about these laws and the existing resources to a broader audience to help prevent future tragic instances.”

July 7, 2016
The 2016 King County Fair starts next week
“The King County Fair is a time-honored tradition that promotes agriculture in King County. I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the fair.”  

May 31, 2016
Dunn nominates Chad Buechler to Regional Human Oversight Services Board
“Chad Buechler’s enthusiasm, and experience make him a great fit for the board.”  

May 26, 2016
Washington Secretary of State recognizes 50 years of Fairwood Greens Homeowners’ Association
“Fairwood Greens Homeowners Association has been an important part of Fairwood since the community's origin. Today's recognition not only honors that legacy, but also celebrates the history of the neighborhood and surrounding area.”  

May 16, 2016
County Council recognizes Police Week, remembers Fallen Law Enforcement Officers
“This week we remember the sacrifices of those in law enforcement who have fallen in the line of duty while working for the safety of others. It is a privilege and an honor to be a part of recognizing their service.”

May 2, 2016
Renton Highlands to receive new ballot drop off location
“I appreciate the leadership approach the King County Council has taken in expanding voting access. I look forward to the new ballot drop box installation in the Renton Highlands.”

May 2, 2016
Maple Valley and Covington receive new ballot drop off locations for upcoming election
“I am glad the King County Council is taking a leadership role on increasing access to voting. I look forward to the installation of the new drop box near the Tahoma School District Building and the continued partnership between King County and the City of Maple Valley.”

May 2, 2016
Enumclaw receives new ballot drop off location for upcoming election
“While having the convenience of a mail-in voting system in place is valuable it is equally important for voters to have convenient, secure, access to ballot drop boxes. I would like to recognize King County for offering this service to our community of Enumclaw with drop box location to be sited at the KCLS library on Railroad Street.”

May 2, 2016
Fairwood Library receive new ballot drop off location for upcoming election
“These additional secure ballot drop boxes means voters have greater opportunities to express their voice and participate in the democratic process.”

May 2, 2016
43 additional ballot drop off locations will be available to county voters this fall
“Additional secure ballot drop boxes means more opportunity for voters to express their voice.”

April 26, 2016
County Council wants to continue program supporting veterans in jail
“I am excited to see this program mature to include and help even more of our incarcerated veterans. In seeking to address the specific needs of our military veterans we can better serve those who have served our country.”

April 25, 2016
County Council approves emergency moratorium on marijuana producers, processors and retailers
“For unincorporated communities in King County, the Council acts as the local government. It is therefore our job to make sure we are adequately serving and protecting the areas we represent. This moratorium will give us more time to study this issue in more depth and potentially make changes to better preserve rural communities.”

April 20, 2016
Improving visibility and saving money: Installing LED lights on roads in Southeast King County
“I support projects like these that cut costs, save energy, and make our roads safer.”

April 12, 2016
Program that supports families after parent’s incarceration receives County van
“Passage Point not only helps people avoid re-incarceration but also works to prevent homelessness, which at this moment, is critically important in our region.”

April 5, 2016
Enumclaw crisis charities receive van to broaden reach of services
“Homelessness is a serious issue in King County. We need to support organizations like Plateau Outreach Ministries and Mt. Rainier Christian Center that work to combat homelessness in our community.”

April 5, 2016
Enumclaw VFW receives funds for community center remodel
VFW Post 1949 received $2,500 to remodel their facilities from the King County 2015-2016 Mid Biennium budget. Councilmember Reagan Dunn advocated for the funds to be set aside for the remodel of this widely used Community Center.

March 30, 2016
Washington Legislature passes groundbreaking addiction recovery law
“This is an exciting victory for those seeking recovery from substance abuse addiction.”

March 30, 2016
Tahoma Middle School Students set SAIL with donation of retired County van
“The kids are very excited to be going into the community again. They have spent all week coming up with ideas of where they would like to go first!”

March 28, 2016
Council leadership responds to State of the County Address
“The Executive’s speech today in Redmond clearly addressed his goals and objectives for the upcoming year and the years to follow. I look forward to working with the Executive and my colleagues on the County Council to continue our work together to improve the quality of life for our residents.”

March 25, 2016
County Council goes to Ravensdale to hear from sheriff and get public input on Comprehensive Plan
“This meeting is intended to give unincorporated residents of King County the chance to let their insight known as the council works to make decisions about land use that will impact the area for the next four years.”

March 21, 2016
Ravensdale Couple receives King County MLK Medal of Distinguished Service
“We are pleased to have played a part in researching and documenting the incredible, and tragic, history of Ravensdale. And we hope this project will serve as a lasting legacy to the people and events of the past while giving today’s residents of King County and the Ravensdale community a deeper appreciation and understanding of our history.”

March 21, 2016
King County residents receive MLK Medal of Distinguished Service
“Donna and Michael Brathovde have given over 2,000 hours of public service to the community that they love. I am honored that I get to present the MLK Medal of Distinguished Service to such deserving King County residents.”

March 21, 2016
Jim Wigfall reappointed to KCLS Board
“I look forward to seeing how Jim’s experience on the board and his dedication to the goals of the KCLS will continue to enhance the library system in his next term.”

March 21, 2016
“Retiring” County employees prepare for new careers
“This program is mutually beneficial for all those involved. Retired vans get a second life and organizations who receive them get the chance to continue their important work and improve the services they are able to offer.”

March 15, 2016
Fairwood 50th looking for treasured photos and memories
Love Fairwood? Remember what it was like in 1966, or the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and beyond? Starting Thursday, March 17, Metropolitan King County Vice Chair Reagan Dunn will be partnering with King County Parks to bring you throwback pictures and memories from the early days of Fairwood.

March 14, 2016
Perfection! King County Council Recognizes Nick Porter for Test Achievement
“I am awed with the incredible academic dedication and skill that Nick demonstrated in achieving a perfect score.”

March 10, 2016
Groundbreaking program launched to help jailed veterans
“Of all the challenges faced by our military veterans, transitioning back to civilian life should not be one of them. Early results of the program already look promising and I am excited to see what the future holds.”

March 7, 2016
Celebrating their strength: King County proclaims March “Women’s History Month”
“I grew up with the privilege of knowing firsthand what great things women in leadership positions can do for our country. I’m thankful for the legacy my mother Jennifer Dunn left for future women in politics and glad that King County is seeking to honor the enormous contributions women have added to our society.”

March 3, 2016
Eastside Heritage Center receives funds to support its mission
“I know from my role as a County Councilmember, a former member of the Eastside Heritage Center Board, and a longtime resident of the eastside, what a great organization and incredible resource the center is for the community.”

March 2, 2016
First in the nation legislation protecting communications in drug and alcohol recovery programs on way to Governor’s desk
“It is in all of our interests to see as many successful cases of recovery as possible and removing any barriers to that healing process is essential.”

February 29, 2016
Hearing from the community on the future of the Eastside Rail Corridor
“This trail, including the section that runs through the City of Renton will be an important asset to the resident of the city and surrounding area. Adding your comments to the conversation will help make the trail reflect the wishes of the community it will serve.”

February 29, 2016
Black Diamond’s “Soup Ladies” honored for years of hot meals and public service
“I have had the pleasure of knowing and working closely with the Black Diamond ‘Soup Ladies’ for many years. Their commitment to improving the lives of those to risk theirs for others is both honorable and inspirational. King County is privileged to have them.”

February 23, 2016
Conservation Funds, Park Levy to support Covington area trails projects
“These funds will support making these two areas, both beautiful local gems, more accessible for recreation. Not only do these trails allow residents the chance to get outside for recreation but they also provide the chance to appreciate and actively protect the surrounding the natural environment.”

February 23, 2016
Enumclaw VFW Hall and Foothills Trail to receive funds for renovation
“Part of the Enumclaw Foothills trail addition includes a beautiful lake side view and will greatly add to the already highly prized recreational area. I am also glad that King County will support the VFW hall remodel which will provide a place for community building organizations in Enumclaw to gather.”

February 23, 2016
County Council approves funding for key link to connect May Creek to Cougar Mountain trail
“A lot of hard work has gone into providing this recreational trail that not only helps to connect the City of Renton to Cougar Mountain but also provides the chance for residents to appreciate and actively protect the surrounding the natural environment.”

February 22, 2016
Cougar/Squak Corridor to gain additional land through King County Funds
“The purchase of this property provides for a spectacular viewpoint of the surrounding area. This purchase along with the surrounding land acquired in 2014 completes the trail system, increases passive recreation and provides for more conservation of wildlife habitat.”  

February 16, 2016
King County Council Honors Kevin Desmond for Outstanding Public Service
“We hate to lose Kevin Desmond whose work has brought both innovative and constructive change to public transportation in King County. I wish him the best as he continues his career in public service and look forward to seeing what he accomplishes next.”

February 16, 2016
County Council recognizes history and contributions of African-Americans

“America was founded on the idea that all people are created equal. Celebrating Black History Month allows us to highlight accomplishments of African-Americans throughout history as well as their continued work in shaping our nation to bring true meaning to the words of our founding fathers.”

February 11, 2016
Unincorporated Maple Valley and Cedar Area Neighborhoods Selected for Community Service Area Grants
The Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council (UAC), Save Habitat and Diversity of Wetlands (SHADOW), Hobart community Church, and Lake Desire community Club will each receive a grant award.

February 11, 2016
King County Grant funds projects designed for Safer Neighborhoods

Two projects focused on making Issaquah-area neighborhoods safer will receive a funding boost from Community Service Area grants

February 10, 2016
Enumclaw Area Projects Funded by King County
“Everyone wins when communities are thriving. These Community Service Area Grants partner with local organizations to fund projects focused on safety, education, and providing opportunities for area residents to grow closer and together.”

February 10, 2016
Fairwood Neighborhood Projects Selected for Community Service Area Grants
“Everyone wins when communities are thriving. These Community Service Area Grants partner with local organizations to fund projects focused on safety, education, and providing opportunities for area residents to grow closer and together.”

February 1, 2016
Provisions made for the future of the King County Fair
“The King County Fair highlights the importance of modern agriculture while also celebrating King County’s rural heritage. I feel it is important that these funds are set aside to ensure young people are included in this time honored tradition.”

January 25, 2016
Council approves members of King County Children and Youth Advisory Board
“I look forward to reviewing the recommendations and advice from this diverse group of individuals as the County moves forward in implementing the Best Starts for Kids Levy.”  

January 19, 2016
McDermott, Dembowski and Dunn to lead County Council in 2016
“I take the responsibility of serving as a Vice Chair of the Council very seriously. I appreciate the confidence my colleagues have placed in me and look forward to working with them to find solutions to the issues facing King County.”

January 4, 2016
2015 Top Ten Names for Dogs and Cats in King County
Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) partnered with the office of Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn to bring you the top ten names of licensed pets in 2015. This data comes from the nearly one million residents RASKC serves, living in 25 cities and King County’s unincorporated communities.

December 15, 2015
Cedar River area to receive water quality enhancement funds
“Decreasing river bank erosion and increasing fish habitat is good for land owners and good for wildlife. I am always happy to help fund projects that result in a winning situation for both King County residents and the environment.”

December 14, 2015
County Council, Elections partner in making voting more convenient and accessible
“To give people a voice we have to make voting more accessible and adding additional secure drop boxes is a good start to this goal.”

December 14, 2015
Council approves projects to receive $2 million in water quality grants
“Improving water quality is good for both King County residents and the environment. I am excited to see the results of the projects funded by these grants.”

December 14, 2015
Black Diamond and Maple Valley to receive grant funding for area water quality projects
“Water is a valuable resource that is often underappreciated in a county that has frequent rainfall and flooding. These grant funds will help to improve water quality, which will benefit both public health as well as provide a cleaner, more sustainable watershed for years to come.”

December 14, 2015
Project in Fairwood to receive grant funding for water quality enhancement
“It’s always good to see a project that both protects homeowners from flooding while at the same time improves the quality of our water. These grant funds will benefit the overall water quality of the community as well providing sustainable watershed protection for years to come.”

December 14, 2015
Leann Kranick unanimously appointed to the King County Agriculture Commission
“I am thankful to Councilmember Dunn for the opportunity to serve on the King County Agricultural Commission. It will be both a pleasure and a privilege to contribute my experience and knowledge towards enhancing and promoting agriculture in King County.”

November 24, 2015
Fiscal Options, Transportation and Public Health Highlight King County’s Legislative Agenda
“The King County Council is a representative body with a mission to promote the interests and concerns of King County residents. This legislative agenda was created with that mission in mind.”

November 23, 2015
Enumclaw Expo Center Awarded Funds for Field House Renovation
“Restoring the Field House is not only about providing the Expo Center and community with a beautiful venue for the future but it’s also about preserving a piece Enumclaw heritage.”

November 23, 2015
Renton Historical Society Awarded Funds to Renovate Museum Lobby
“Supporting the Renton Historical Society helps ensure continued education, service, and local pride for the residents of Renton. This renovation will allow even more access to the important resources offered at the museum.”

November 23, 2015
King County Awards KidsQuest Funds for Capital Campaign
“These funds will increase the educational opportunities KidsQuest provides, while providing an even greater number of children and families access to their awarding winning programs.”

November 16, 2015
Community Commemorates 100-Year Anniversary of Ravensdale Mining Disaster
“The Ravensdale Mining Disaster is an important piece of Washington State History. This memorial is done to honor the miners who were lost in the tragedy and to honor the many in our society who labor in dangerous professions.”

November 9, 2015
County Council recognizes Green River College’s “Golden Anniversary”
“For 50 years Green River College has provided an atmosphere where guidance and instruction have let students thrive and the surrounding communities grow. The college has a bright future ahead and I look forward to seeing what is in store.” 

October 26, 2015
King County Council celebrates Pro Bono Week
“As a past member of the Washington State Bar Association Pro Bono and Legal Aid Committee, I am proud that the Council supports a celebration of increased access to justice.”

October 19, 2015
Council approves transit route overhaul
“These changes are designed to make Metro routes more efficient and effective for the residents of the county. Even if you don’t use Metro, these improvements to Metro’s service are important as they can help lead to less gridlock on our roadways.”

October 19, 2015
KidsQuest Children’s Museum Receives “Retired” County Van
“KidsQuest provides wonderful services for children and their families. With the assistance of Councilmember Hague we will allow them to continue their important work.”  

October 12, 2015
County Council celebrates and recognizes value of workers with disabilities
“Twenty five years of legislation promoting equality is something to celebrate. I am proud that today in King County, those with disabilities are free to work and contribute to our society while protected by this important act.”

October 2, 2015
Covington Skate Park gets boost from County sports grant
“Gerry Crick Skatepark is in need of some upgrades and I am glad we are able to help provide them some additional financing to move the project forward.”

September 25, 2015
Fairwood resident Stafford nominated to sit on King County Parks Levy Citizen Oversight Board
“Tom and his family are very passionate about our Park system and I’m confident the residents of our area will be well served by his representation on the board.”

September 23, 2015
“Street of Heroes:” Council recognizes road designation
“Our military veterans should be treated like the heroes that they are. I hope this small token of appreciation helps express the profound gratitude we have for the sacrifices made by these men to protect our great country.”

September 16, 2015
Dunn, Council provide King County Fair stability
“The King County Fair is part of what makes my district a special place to call home. Having county support and the strong leadership of a local nonprofit is a crucial step in returning the fair to greatness.”

September 15, 2015
Kent School District to add School Resource Officer
“As a parent, I know firsthand the anxiety and heartache we feel when faced with the countless tragedies that have occurred in our nation’s schools. The safety of our children, schools, and communities is a top priority. I’m proud to have worked to make this possible.”

September 14, 2015
Sheriff receives funds to increase emphasis patrols in unincorporated King County
“One of the most persistent requests I heard from residents of unincorporated King County this last year was for more traffic enforcement. This increased visibility by the Sheriff’s office in unincorporated King County will help drivers to remember to obey all traffic laws to help keep our children and our communities safe.”

September 11, 2015
New LED lights operational at Petrovitsky Park
“Petrovisky Park is busy year round, so it just made sense that the county provide state of the art lighting for their sport fields. 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.”

September 8, 2015
County Council approves bridge connecting trail between King and Pierce Counties
“The bridge from SR 167 has been removed and we’ll see if using it as a trail bridge on the Foothill’s Trail near Enumclaw is possible. Thanks to the collaborative work between all of the involved parties, the Foothills trail is one more step closer to connecting King and Pierce County.”

September 2, 2015
King County Fair organizers update County Council Committee on “Bountiful” 2015 Fair
“What is clear from today’s testimony is how important the Fair is to our youth agricultural programs throughout King County. To continue to have locally produced food we need to help encourage and train tomorrow’s farmers. I want to thank Mayor Liz Reynolds and the City Council of Enumclaw and everyone involved in creating a new governance structure that has clearly sprung new life into the Fair.”

September 2, 2015
King County continues strong push to combat human trafficking
“We as a County have an obligation to do everything we can do to put an end to this unconscionable crime, and raising public awareness is one of the tools we can use to help eradicate trafficking. Based on the testimony at committee it is apparent that the more locations this information is in, the more calls to the national hotline are made.”

August 24, 2015
Sean Kelly unanimously reappointed to King County Emergency Management Advisory Committee
“Sean has brought a wealth of knowledge to the position since he also serves as Deputy Mayor of Maple Valley and as a Tahoma School District Safety Officer.”

July 27, 2015
County Council offers increased support for arts and cultural programs
“I am proud that the county can now expand, preserve, and improve new and existing cultural projects for all our residents to enjoy.”

July 20, 2015
County Council unanimously confirms appointment of Patty Hayes as Director of Public Health – Seattle & King County
“Her extensive dedication to the medical field clearly illustrates her ability to serve our community and ensure the health and safety of the residents of King County.”

July 16, 2015
Welcome to the Fair! 152nd edition of the King County Fair underway
At 10:00 a.m. Dunn and Mayor Reynolds sold the first ticket to Hadley Bottorff who was waiting in line to enter the fair this morning with her mother.

July 14, 2015
King County Fair to receive funding boost from County
“Besides providing great entertainment, the King County Fair plays a vital role in preserving King County’s agricultural roots, which is especially important as we as a region work to increase the amount of food produced locally. I want to thank the County Executive and my colleagues on the County Council for their continued support of the King County Fair.”

July 13, 2015
County Council supports grant to complete work at Ravensdale Park
“Ensuring that the storm water treatment center will be prepared for the runoff from the current expansion and any future expansions of Ravensdale Park is a cost saver now and in the future.”

July 13, 2015
Council approves annexation of land for fire and emergency services
“Fire protection and emergency services play a huge role in the public health and safety of our community. The Bristow annexation will allow for even more citizens to be guaranteed the protection they deserve.”

June 29, 2015
County renews commitment to community Sheriff’s Office in Fairwood
“Maintaining a storefront office in the Fairwood community is a true benefit to the residents and helps the Sheriff to serve the community more effectively.”

June 22, 2015
William Hobson recognized for decades of service on behalf of the homeless
“The legacy of Bill Hobson’s commitment and advocacy for some of the county’s most vulnerable citizens are the thousands of people he has been able to help from the streets to stability.”

June 17, 2015
Metro’s Long-Range Plan focus of special council committee meeting
“Metro Transit plays an important role here in Renton; it provides daily transportation to thousands of residents and employees of major employers such as the Boeing Company and PACCAR. I want to thank the City of Renton for hosting this important meeting.”

June 6, 2015
Dunn joins celebration of National Trails Day at Cougar/Squak Corridor Park Grand Opening
“In 2012, this land was under threat of being clear-cut. Thankfully, through the work of many, we are able to celebrate the opening of a new park that provides varied recreational opportunities and protects critical habitat.”

June 5, 2015
Councilmember Dunn takes part in new Tahoma High School Groundbreaking
“It is an honor to take part in this momentous occasion. This location, formerly owned by the County, provides a site that meets the district desire to centrally locate the new high school and regional learning center.”

June 4, 2015
“Retired” county vans begin new careers in Maple Valley, Black Diamond and Enumclaw
“Extending the lives of these vans helps organizations like Vine Maple extend the services they can offer. The work they do is invaluable to their community and I am pleased to play a role in assisting their efforts.”

May 11, 2015
Honoring officers that protect and serve our communities
“It is always an honor to recognize and remember those that have fallen in the line of duty. I want to thank Mayor Buri, the city council and all of the residents of Newcastle for continuing to honor the memory and sacrifice of Deputy Herzog.”

May 11, 2015
Recognizing officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice
“We can never take for granted the sacrifices of the men and women of law enforcement and their families. It is always an honor to recognize and honor those that have fallen in the line of duty.”

May 4, 2015
Celebrating the power of the arts in school: County Council recognizes May as Arts Education Month
“Just like math and science, students need a strong background in the arts and I am pleased to recognize this month as Art Education Month.”

April 27, 2015
Organizations in District 9 to benefit from “retired” County vans
“These organizations do important work in SE King County. Handing over these vans allows them to continue that work and improve the services they are able to offer.”

April 27, 2015
County employees prepare for “working retirement” Council approves transfer of surplus vanpool van to organizations throughout King County
“Repurposing these vans is a great way to maximize County resources. Community organizations throughout the County benefit from this program and are better able to serve residents that utilize their services.”

April 27, 2015
Collaboration for the next generation: County Council hears from County Executive on efforts to assist young people
“I’m looking forward to reviewing the proposal presented by the County Executive today at the State of the County.”

April 20, 2015
Elbert Reed unanimously appointed to the Veterans Citizen Levy Oversight Board
“Elbert brings his background as a veteran, his management skills from his years at Weyerhaeuser and his commitment to the community to this position. The residents of Enumclaw—and the entire county—will be well served with his appointment.”

April 15, 2015
Flood District Chair Reagan Dunn speaks at Good Eggs Breakfast meeting in Auburn discussing flooding issues in South King County
“If you have a flooding issue in your community that needs funding, I’d encourage you to work with your local municipality, HOA, or other qualified group to apply for a grant.”

April 1, 2015
Dunn statement of Council Chair Larry Phillips
“His tireless work ethic and ability to work with a wide array of constituencies has helped to shape a lasting legacy which will benefit the residents of King County for the foreseeable future.”

March 17, 2015
Dunn introduces legislation to reduce impact fees on properties that support agriculture
“Locally sourced food is something many residents of King County value very dearly. If the businesses these farms rely on for goods and services are forced out of the area because of high land costs and regulatory burdens, the viability of these farms is threatened.”

March 9, 2015
Reviewing goals, costs, and effectiveness: Council approves legislation updating
Mental Illness and Drug Dependency Plans
“I welcome the comprehensive review of MIDD standards this legislation provides. Providing effective funding for such issues as substance abuse and chemical dependency are very important and this review will help to educate us on what works and what does not.”

March 9, 2015
Bellevue resident Heather Trescases appointed to serve on the King County Culture
Development Authority (4Culture)
“I am delighted that Heather will be serving on the 4Culture board. She has done an amazing job as the director of the Eastside Heritage Center and King County will be well served with her on the 4 Culture board.”

March 2, 2015
Council confirms appointment of Lorinda Youngcourt as Director of the Department of Public Defense
“After a competitive nationwide search process I believe we have found a leader in Ms. Youngcourt that will continue King County’s proud tradition of providing quality legal services to those who are accused of a crime and cannot afford an attorney.”

March 2, 2015
Maple Valley resident David Pilgrim appointed to serve on King County Landmarks Commission
“The Landmarks Commission will be well served by having someone with David’s experience and community involvement as a member of the commission.”

February 24, 2015
Helping veterans behind bars: Council accepts report outlining options for incarcerated veterans
“We can’t just walk away from the men and woman who put their lives on the line to defend our nation. My hope is that these efforts not only reduce recidivism but also help to address the specific needs many of our veterans have developed stemming from their time in places like Iraq or Afghanistan.”

February 23, 2015
Council adopts legislation that will benefit Green River preservation projects
“One of the largest threats facing the survival of salmon in the Green River is the temperature of the water. Prioritizing CFT funding to acquire properties along the river so that shade trees can be planted to cool the river is very important.”

December 15, 2014
County Council receives Task Force report on safely relinquishing a newborn baby
“This task force worked diligently and delivered a very detailed list of recommendations. I look forward to working with my colleagues to determine the next steps in the hopes that we can help prevent future tragedies.”

December 15, 2014
Black Diamond resident Leah Grant appointed to Conservation Futures Oversight Committee
“Leah brings a wealth of knowledge to the board and the residents of Southeast King County will be well served by her representation on the oversight committee.”

December 15, 2014
King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn Commends the Passage of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Bill
“After seven years of hard work and countless efforts by a variety of stake holders the Congress has passed the Alpine Lakes Wilderness expansion bill. My sincerest congratulations to Congressman Dave Reichert and Senator Patty Murray for their years of hard work and to Chairman Doc Hastings for moving this bill out of the House Resources Committee.” 

December 9, 2014
County Council committee holds meeting at Newcastle City Hall
“As a regional government it’s important that the County Council meets in the communities they represent so residents have an opportunity to meet and discuss the issues they have in person without having to drive into Seattle.”

November 17, 2014
Health clinic, County Fair, park and community celebration highlights of adopted County Budget for District 9
“As with most budgets, there have been many hard choices along the way but I’m thankful the County Council has been able to work together to maintain the services our residents rely on the most.”

November 17, 2014
King County’s first biennial budget highlights secure families and communities as it meets mandated responsibilities
“This is a budget that protects public safety, keeps our health clinics open and restores funding for the Sheriff’s domestic violence unit. As with most budgets, there have been many hard choices along the way, but I’m thankful we have been able to work together to maintain the services our residents rely on the most.”

November 13, 2014
Dunn pleased proposed Council Budget includes funding for Enumclaw Health Clinic
“Through the hard work of the Council and many local partners, we were able to keep the Enumclaw Health Centers doors open. This was one of my top budget priorities. In this budget environment, we need to collaborate in new ways to meet the needs of our residents and that’s what we did with the health center.”

November 6, 2014
Momentum continues toward keeping Auburn Health Clinic Open
“These partnerships are coming together in a time of need to help ensure access to basic healthcare services for area residents. I’d also like to thank Executive Constantine who has been instrumental in this process and working tirelessly to bring together this broad coalition of partners to save this clinic.”
November 4, 2014
Council receives recommendations from panel reviewing ways to increase awareness on safely relinquishing newborns
“I have been eagerly awaiting the findings of this important task force. I look forward to reviewing the hard work of the task force and finding a way forward to help avoid these kinds of tragedies in the future.”

October 13, 2014
County Council confirms William Hayes as new Director of the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention
“Mr. Hayes has served at every level of the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention with distinction. His appointment as the Director of DAJD is well earned—and well deserved.”

October 6, 2014
Tahoma School District gets room to grow: County Council unanimously adopts ordinances selling portion of Summit Pit to district
“The voters in the Tahoma School District spoke loud and clear in support of a new high school to meet the needs of a growing district. I would like to thank my colleagues on the County Council for their expeditious review that allows the proposed construction timeline to stay on schedule.” 

September 22, 2014
Future industrial use of isolated rural property prompts County Council to act on review of development in isolated areas
“As their ‘local government,’ the Council must act to protect the unincorporated communities we represent. We look forward working with the Executive to study this issue more closely.”

September 16, 2014
Ordinance selling portion of Summit Pit to Tahoma School District heads to full Council
“This legislation is one step closer to final action by the County Council. Once passed, it will help pave the way to fulfilling the will of the voters in the Tahoma School District to begin construction of a much needed new High School.”

August 5, 2014
Tahoma School District wants to grow in Summit Pit
“In 2013, nearly 70 percent of voters in the Tahoma School District voted to fund the construction of a new high school, which clearly demonstrates the communities overwhelming desire for this project.”

July 31, 2014
Dunn: Alpine Lake expansion takes strong step toward reality
“I am excited that Congressman Dave Reichert’s legislation expanding the Alpine Lakes Wilderness has passed favorably out of House Natural Resources Committee. There are still several steps left and much work to be done but now we are another step closer to protecting this important area and for that I am grateful.”

July 17, 2014
Councilmember Dunn and Enumclaw Mayor Liz Reynolds Kick Off the 151st King County Fair
“The King County Fair has been a mainstay in King County for generations. The King County Fair not only provides great entertainment but also serves as a valuable outlet for local youth agricultural programs."

July 15, 2014
Councilmember Dunn hands over the keys of “retired” County vans
“These three organizations are integral parts of our community and I’m so delighted to help further their efforts by supplying them with a retired King County Metro van.” 

July 11, 2014
King County task force on safely relinquishing newborns underway
“It strikes a chord in all of us to think of a newborn child discarded with no food, water or shelter, and no understanding of what is happening or why. Being a father of two really brings the issue home to me. I know that, working together, we can let desperate parents know that there are other options, and we can save lives here in King County.”

June 11, 2014
Council approves revised plan for solid waste system that reflects reduction in volume received
“We have worked hard to revise this report to help ensure we build a solid waste system that fits the need of its users.”

June 9, 2014
Dunn amendment to study impacts of closing the Renton Transfer Station on Self-haul users part of review of County’s solid waste plan
“I want to ensure self-haul users of this facility from my district know there is a real danger that this station may close in the coming years. My amendment will study any closure thoroughly and let us know how the needs of self-haul users could be met if this location is ultimately closed.”

June 4, 2014
Dunn amendment to review closure of Renton Transfer Station
“Self-haul services at the Renton Transfer Station are a very popular service for many in my district, and I fear very few of the users are aware of the possibility it may close in the next few years. My amendment will study the closure thoroughly and let us know how we can ensure the needs of self-haul users will be met if this location is ultimately closed.”

May 27, 2014
County Council approves “retired” County vans for District 9 Maple Valley and Covington organizations
“By transferring retired metro vans to these organizations we are helping them to continue their extraordinary work to the residents of southeast King County.”

May 27, 2014
New careers for hard working county employees: Council approves transfer of surplus vanpool van to organizations throughout King County
“By transferring retired vans to these worthy organizations, we are providing important tools that allow them to better serve the residents of King County.”

May 19, 2014 
Council Council’s 2014 Equity and Social Justice work plan will consider impacts of bus service reduction
“This unanimously adopted work plan clearly illustrates King County’s continuing commitment to serve all residents of our County.”

May 13, 2014 
County Council approves effort to address the needs of incarcerated veterans
“By working to improve access to treatment and services for veterans in County jails my hope is to reduce veteran recidivism. We owe it to the men and woman who have served our country.”

May 12, 2014
County Council, Covington and Maple Valley Mayors recognize officers that keep communities safe
“It is an honor to take part in this recognition and pay tribute our fallen heroes.”

May 12, 2014
County Council, Newcastle Mayor recognize County officers who protect community
“The men and women of law enforcement deserve our utmost respect and gratitude for all they do.”

May 12, 2014
County Council recognizes and honors officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice
“It is an honor to take part in this recognition and pay tribute our fallen heroes.”

May 10, 2014
Dunn, Phillips statement on acquisition of Squak Mountain forest
“Today we celebrate the acquisition of 226 of forest land on Squak Mt. that will be used for recreation and habitat in the Issaquah Alps. I am proud to have been part of this partnership between King County and the Trust for Public Lands. I am also grateful for the advocacy of organizations such as ‘Save Squak’ and the Issaquah Alps Trail Club for their long-term involvement in protecting and preserving important habitat.”

May 5, 2014
County Council recognizes May as Arts Education Month in King County
“A well-rounded education includes instruction in the arts. This month we take time to highlight the arts and their importance in the education of our students.”

March 31, 2014
Task Force will work to bring awareness on safely relinquishing a newborn baby
“Safe alternatives exist under State law that can help reduce child abandonment and avoid the kind of tragedy that occurred near North Bend last month. The focus of this task force is to bring greater awareness of The Safety of Newborn Children Law to the residents of King County.”

March 31, 2014
Fairwood resident Erin Aboudara appointed to serve on King County Women's Advisory Board
“Erin has spent her entire life in King County and is very involved in her community. Her work on the Kent PTA and the leadership roles she has held representing over 1,500 homeowners of the Fairwood Greens home owners association, gives her a unique perspective to bring to the board.”

March 25, 2014
Motion seeking to increase awareness on safely relinquishing a newborn baby unanimously passes Council Committee
“The findings of this task force will be used to bring greater awareness of the Safety of Newborn Children Law to the residents of King County. By making residents more aware of safe alternatives we can hopefully prevent future re-occurrences of the recent tragedy we witnessed near North Bend.”

March 25, 2014
King County Historic Preservation Grant Awarded in District 9
“Historic downtowns such as Enumclaw’s are timeless treasures for our communities. This grant money will ensure great landmarks in our communities will endure and be intact for current and future generations to enjoy.”

March 24, 2014
King County Council Recognizes Tracy Tran for Perfect Test Score
“To be one of only eight people in the world to earn a perfect score on the AP calculus test is a remarkable accomplishment. Tracy should not just be lauded for her academic achievements but also for her active role in the community. She has a very bright future ahead of her.”

March 19, 2014
Avoiding tragedies, saving lives: Councilmembers seek to increase awareness on safely surrendering newborns
“This tragic incident demonstrates there is still work to be done to make sure people are aware of safe alternatives to surrender newborns. I look forward to reviewing the recommendations of the task force so we can begin work to increase awareness of the Safety of Newborn Children Law in King County.”

March 17, 2014
Civics lesson: King County Council gives unanimous support to effort to increase “Civics Literacy”
“Giving students a sound foundation on civics and how government works is a key part of the educational process. As an elected leader I am pleased to support this common sense motion.”

March 17, 2014
Celebrating their strength: King County proclaims March “Women’s History Month”
“Women’s History Month calls attention to the many contributions women have made in King County. It is a privilege to honor the many accomplishments of women in our county and across this nation.”

March 17, 2014
Fairwood Greens and Woodside Home Owners Associations Selected for Community Service Area Grants
“King County serves as the local government for the over 20,000 residents living within the unincorporated community of Fairwood. By helping to fund community events and the upgrading of ageing community property, King County is helping to build a stronger sense of community in Fairwood.”

March 17, 2014
Community Associations and Organizations in Council District 9 selected for Community Service Area grants
“The Community Service Area grant program aids communities and residents in coming together to improve their neighborhoods and boost ‘community’ in the truest sense of the word.”

March 17, 2014
Serenity Equine and Greater Maple Valley Area Council Selected for Community Service Area Grants
“These grants provide much needed funding for community oriented organizations in Unincorporated King County. I am very pleased to see this grant money go to such worthy organizations as Serenity Equine Rescue and The Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council.”

February 24, 2014
County Council approves agreement with Ravensdale Park Foundation
“The expansion of Ravensdale Park will provide increased quality of life and recreational opportunities for the youth and adults of southeast King County. Southeast King County has seen an explosion of new families moving into the area, but right now there is a deficiency of youth recreational fields. This project is a step in the right direction.”

February 24, 2014
Council adopts plan to place human trafficking information in key locations across King County
“We should do whatever we can to make sure victims of human trafficking know that resources exist to help them escape this dreadful crime. Our goal is that with more locations this information is in, the more calls from victims seeking help are made.”

February 19, 2014
Agreement between King County and the Ravensdale Park Foundation sent to Council for final action
“This agreement will significantly increase youth and adult recreational opportunities for the residents of Southeast King County. All parties including the Ravensdale Park Foundation and the City of Maple Valley have worked hard throughout this process and the benefits of this agreement will be felt for years to come.”

February 19, 2014
Dunn: Use “Every means available” to end human trafficking
“It was a privilege to participate in this hearing today and I thank Congressman Reichert for holding a congressional field hearing in Auburn to highlight and to develop additional tools to combat the vile crime of human trafficking. Only by using every means available to us will we be able to save future victims from these horrors.”

February 19, 2014
Motion urging State Legislative action on human trafficking unanimously passes County Council
“Our state has been on the forefront of the battle against human trafficking and King County has been there every step of the way. This motion simply formalizes King County’s support of further measures to fight Human Trafficking and allows County officials and staff to proactively support legislative efforts to fight these heinous crimes.”

February 11, 2014
Dunn introduces motion to place human trafficking information in key locations across King County
“Human trafficking is a serious issue. This legislation is intended to make sure that those who need help exiting trafficking can get important information that they might not otherwise know about. What’s great about it is that it effectively spreads important information to a wide audience using minimal county resources.”

February 10, 2014
County Council prepared to partner with Executive on confronting inequities; climate change
“The Executive’s State of the County Address this morning clearly laid out his vision for the future of King County. As we begin a new year I look forward to working with the Executive’s Office and my colleagues on the Council to meet the needs of all our constituents.”

February 3, 2014
King County Council recognizes Dr. Donald Davidson on his retirement from the Bellevue City Council
“During his time of public service, Don was a dedicated public servant who worked tirelessly on behalf of the residents of Bellevue. I am proud to have worked alongside Dr. Davidson for a number of years, and I look forward to his continued advocacy on issues he is most passionate about.”

January 28, 2014
Newcastle Councilmember Lisa Jensen Reappointed to Harborview Medical Center Board of Trustees
“She brings a wealth of knowledge to the board as a former deputy mayor of Newcastle, current Councilmember, and small business person, Lisa has the depth of public service experience to help the board serve the community at a high level.”

January 27, 2014
County Council completes 2014 reorganization with appointment of committee chairs
“Transit issues in our County touch nearly every segment of our community and I will work hard to address the issues before us.”

January 27, 2014
County Council, Executive join “12th Man” in shouting GO HAWKS!!!
“It is an exciting time to be a Seahawks fan. I join my colleagues and the rest of the Pacific Northwest in wishing them success at the Super Bowl. Go Hawks!”

January 22, 2014
New law prioritizes Children and Youth
“I appreciate all the good work that has gone into developing this plan to benefit the youth of King County. I look forward to reviewing the recommendations that are produced by this task force and supporting their efforts.”

January 13, 2014
Promoting awareness to end Slavery and Human Trafficking
“A year ago we launched a comprehensive public awareness campaign using both County resources and private sector partnerships to show victims there is help available and where they can receive it. We must continue to stay vigilant in our fight to end human trafficking.”

December 16, 2013
County Council honors second group of “HERO” graduates
“This HERO Program is now completing its second round of veteran interns and I couldn’t be more pleased with the success of the program. Both the veterans and the County are greatly benefitting from this program.”

December 16, 2013
Colleagues recognize, say goodbye to Councilmember Julia Patterson
“It has been an absolute pleasure to work alongside such a dedicated, passionate public servant. Julia will be unquestionably missed here at the Council and I wish her all the success in the word in any future endeavor she embarks on. I am honored to be able to call her a friend.”

December 9, 2013
Stan McCall sworn in as Commissioner for King County Fire District 28
“With the unanimous selection of Mr. McCall, the Board of Commissioners of KCFD #28 is well positioned to move forward in a collaborative fashion to provide emergency services to the residents it serves.”

December 4, 2013
Panel makes unanimous recommendation for Fire District #28 vacancy
"I appreciate the hard work that the members of the advisory panel put forward to select one of these outstanding candidates."

November 21, 2013
Process to fill vacant Fire Commissioner position in Fire District 28 underway
To fill this vacant position, Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn will convene a five member Citizen Advisory Panel to review applications of potential candidates.

November 12, 2013
District 9 Highlights of 2014 King County Budget
“This budget not only funds the re-opening of the Sheriff's Hicks-Raburn Precinct in South East King County, but also funds eight new sheriff deputy positions. This budget clearly illustrates the importance of the County's role as the provider of law enforcement services to our unincorporated area residents.”

November 12, 2013
Services, stability highlight 2014 King County Budget
“This budget not only funds the re-opening of the Sheriff's Hicks-Raburn Precinct in South East King County, but also funds eight new Sheriff deputy positions. I look forward to voting for a budget that clearly illustrates the importance of the County's role as the provider of law enforcement services to our unincorporated area residents.”

October 28, 2013
County Council approves “Blueprint” for implementing Department of Public Defense
“Our legal system is based on the premise that all defendants in our courts be provided with effective representation. This legislation will help to insure the continued delivery of sound legal representation through our public defense system.”

October 25, 2013
Dunn, Urquhart and Constantine visit proposed Maple Valley Sheriff’s Office Precinct
“This has been a collaborative effort with a single goal: to better serve and protect the residents of Unincorporated King County.”

October 22, 2013
King County Council celebrates Pro Bono Week
“The pro bono work done by attorneys for individuals and families in need are vital to maintaining a fair and just legal system. I am pleased to co-sponsor this proclamation and call attention to this important work.”

October 16, 2013
Councilmember Dunn: Federal shutdown must end
“My constituents want their leaders to work together on a long term vision and a thoughtful plan to move us forward and stop hurting the citizens and children they are supposed to represent.”

October 14, 2013
County Council calls on state Legislature to hold special session to address transportation funding
“In King County, our residents are preparing to bear the impacts of reduced roads and transit funding unless the Legislature provides us with new options.”

October 14, 2013
King County leaders recognize Disability Awareness Month
“King County has always been at the forefront of ensuring the rights of people with disabilities. I am proud to represent a county that looks past the differences in our residents and strives hard to provide equal access and opportunities to all.”

September 23, 2013
Enhancing the safety of region’s waterways: Council approves “BUI” ordinance
“Operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs puts all those using our waterways at risk. This legislation provides the Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit with one more tool to help keep our waters safe for recreational and commercial activities.”

September 23, 2013
Dunn: Efficiencies key to maintaining budget, restoring vital services in SE King County
“As the budget process goes forward, I will work closely with the Council’s Budget Leadership Team and the Executive to ensure we adopt a County Budget that serves the needs of all our residents.”

September 19, 2013
Dunn: Veterans Initiative helps repay the debt we owe to veterans and their families
“I applaud Executive Constantine for including funding for the HERO program and the Veterans Initiative that will be part of his proposed 2014 King County Budget. We owe these men and women a huge debt because of their service to this County. Programs like this are the first step in repaying that debt.”

September 19, 2013
Ensuring that King County’s young people can reach their full potential: County leaders propose Youth Action Plan
“Our youth are the future leaders of King County. Creating a Youth Plan is a sensible approach that will better serve the needs of children throughout the county.”

September 18, 2013
Dunn statement on proposed reopening of Maple Valley sheriff's precinct
“I joined the community served by the precinct in mourning the shuttering of a vital resource and I applaud Sheriff Urquhart for making the reopening of the Hicks-Raburn Precinct one of his top priorities since coming to office.”

September 16, 2013
County Council accepts report outlining King County Sheriff Deputy’s memorial
“Creating this memorial to honor our fallen members of the Sheriff’s Department is the right thing to do. These 16 heroes gave the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of the residents of King County and I’m very thankful this memorial is one step closer to being built.”

September 16, 2013
County Council gives it unanimous approval to the new name for Fire District
“Officially changing the name from Fire District 44 to Mountain View Fire and Rescue has been a long time in coming. Mountain View Fire and Rescue does an outstanding job serving the residents of the district and I am happy to support this legislation per the request of their board of commissioners.”

September 11, 2013
Council Committee accepts report outlining King County Sheriff Deputy’s memorial
“Creating this memorial is long overdue. I am so pleased that we have been able to come up with a plan that will finally recognize these hero’s that gave the ultimate sacrifice on behalf the communities they served.”

September 10, 2013
Council committee sends proposed name change for Fire District 44 to full Council
“The Fire District Board of Commissioners wanted to act in the best interest of the residents they serve. This change will do just that and I fully support the legislation.”

September 9, 2013
County Council approves interlocal agreement between King County and Maple Valley on Summit Pit property
“This legislation paves the way for the residents of Maple Valley to determine future plans for this property in a way that best suits their needs.”

September 9, 2013
Ensuring transportation access for all: Panel recommends development of low-income transit fare
“The advisory committee did important work on this topic. I look forward to reviewing the specifics of this proposal.”

September 6, 2013
Liberty High students celebrate installation of “Patriot Way”
“The students worked hard on this project and I am very pleased to have played a role in assisting them. It was a long process but the student stuck with it and in the end have their new street name and a lasting legacy for the Liberty High Patriots.”

September 5, 2013
County, Enumclaw sign Memorandum of Agreement on White River Tree Farm
“This is an important step in in keeping the White River Forest open to continued recreational use for County residents. I would like to thank Mayor Liz Reynolds and Executive Dow Constantine for their hard work and dedication to work towards keeping the White River Tree Farm open to recreational use.”

August 20, 2013
Community Meal Council, Hobart Blast and Greater Maple Valley Area Council Chosen to receive Community Service Area Grants
“The good work these community groups cannot be overstated. I am very pleased to see this grant money go to such worthy organizations that help strengthen communities and bring people together.”

August 20, 2013
Council Committee supports proposed interlocal agreement between King County and Maple Valley
on Summit Pit property
“This ordinance is a very important step for both the County and the city of Maple Valley. This legislation will give Maple Valley residents the ability to decide what the best use will be for this property, which will help shape the character of this area for years to come.

August 19, 2013
Calhoun Gravel Pit Surplus land sold to Soos Creek Water and Sewer District
“This legislation was a key piece of the puzzle in terms of future development for Covington which will ultimately lead to more jobs in our community. This is a great example of County and City governments working together with the Sewer District to reach a consensus that all stakeholders can build upon.”

August 16, 2013
Community Service Area Grants Awarded to Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council and Community Alliance to Reach Out/Engage
“The Community Service Area program—and specifically these grants—are a valuable resource for the volunteer activities these community organizations do for our community.”

August 16, 2013
Fairwood Greens and Woodside Home Owners Associations both selected to receive Community Service Area Grants
“Fairwood has a number of very active and community-minded Homeowner Associations that help make the Fairwood area a great place to live. These grants do a great job of bridging the gap between the County and residents that live in unincorporated areas such as Fairwood.”

August 13, 2013
Ravensdale Park project receives huge boost
“This is an important project for the children and families in Southeast King County and I am delighted to assist in seeing this project through to completion. We still have work to be done, but the State grant—along with the work the County and city of Maple Valley are committed to doing—this project will become a reality.”

July 29, 2013
King County Council Appoints Larry Jensen as a Fire District #28 Commissioner
“It was very important we at the Council act and act expediently to fill one of these openings. Mr. Jensen will do a superb job representing the fire District and I am thankful for his willingness to serve.”

July 23, 2013
Dunn testifies in support of Alpine Wilderness Additions and Scenic River Designations
“We will protect rare low level forests, preserve important recreational opportunities, protect wildlife and by designating the Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Pratt Rivers as scenic and/or wild rivers, guarantee clean water and downstream fisheries for generations to come.” 

July 22, 2013
Council accepts plan for integrated health and human service programs
“I would like to thank the panel for all their hard work in crafting these important recommendations.”

July 22, 2013
County Council honors veterans of the “Forgotten War”
“Anniversary’s like the one we are honoring today must never be forgotten. In King County we have a large number of Korean War Veterans and they and their families deserve our reverence and respect for all their sacrifices for this country.”

July 18, 2013
Proposed interlocal agreement between County and Maple Valley on Summit Pit property
“This ordinance is a step in the right direction that will ultimately allow the residents of Maple Valley the ability to chart their own path for the property, may it be a new high school or development that will lead to the creation of new jobs.”

July 16, 2013
Dunn, Sheriff recognize three life-saving heroes
“These heroes saw a problem and immediately jumped into action and as a result lives were saved. Our community is fortunate to have individuals like these in our midst.”

July 11, 2013
Dunn crowns the “King Critter” of the King County Fair
“This event is a great way to celebrate the summer season and a great time for all involved. I am happy to participate in the judging and I congratulate the winner, Snow White and owner Holly Rice. Thank you to everyone that helped make this a great event.”

July 10, 2013
Office of Law Enforcement Oversight presents recommendations stemming from 2012 officer-involved shooting
“It was informative to be able to review the facts of this particular case. I will continue to follow this process as the Sheriff’s office implements new steps to increase transparency and accountability.”

July 9, 2013
Councilmember Dunn turns over “retired” County van to Vision House of Renton
“Vision House has been a positive influence on women and children in the Renton area for a number of years. Handing over this retired van to help them successfully do their work is an honor and I am very pleased to support this fine organization.”

July 1, 2013
County Council sends voters Charter Amendment on the organization of public defense
“Public defense is critically important to our justice system. The voters of King County will now have the final say on this proposed model for public defense.”

July 1, 2013
Dunn thanks state Senate for funding for land purchase in Tahoma School District
“I would like to thank the Legislature for the Capital appropriation which was included in the final budget. This appropriation will aid in the purchase from King County of property inside the Tahoma School District. This property will be used in the future to potentially site a new high school to serve the Tahoma School District and ease overcrowding.”

June 27, 2013 
Charter amendment on the organization of public defense sent to County Council for final action
“This new structure for public defense in King County has been thoughtfully reviewed and amended to ensure equity and social justice principals were included. I look forward to seeing what the voters of King County have to say.”

June 26, 2013
Councilmember Dunn turns over “retired” County van to Camp Berachah Day Care of Auburn
“Camp Berachah’s Day Care Program has been a positive influence and served the greater Auburn region for a number of years. I am pleased to be able to hand over this retired van so that Camp Berachah Day Care can best serve the children that attend this fine organization.”

June 24, 2013
King County honors first group of HERO Program graduates
“When I drafted this legislation, I never could have envisioned how successful the Veteran Internship program would be in assisting these heroes make the transition into the civilian workforce. We have now all seen first-hand the success of this program and I look forward to its continued growth. I encourage other public and private entities to look into implementing this program in their own organization.”
June 14, 2013
Community Service Area meeting brings Dunn, unincorporated residents together to discuss issues
“There is no substitute for meeting with constituents and hearing their concerns directly. These meetings are a superb way to share information with local residents and hear what we as representatives can do to better serve their interests.”

June 11, 2013
Council adopts legislation ensuring equity for all County employees serving in the military
“If called to active duty our service members shouldn’t have to worry if they and their families will have continuing medical, dental, and life insurance benefits. We are asking enough of our service members and this is the very least we can do while they are actively serving our country.”

June 10, 2013
Councilmembers advocate prevention of elder abuse
“Advocating for our elderly population is something we all must take responsibility for. Setting aside a day every year to call attention to this important issue reminds us all that our seniors must be cared for and protected.”

June 4, 2013
Committee helps “pave the way” for renaming of street in front of Liberty High School
“It was a great undertaking for these students and a firsthand demonstration of Civics 101. I am pleased to be able to work with them on this.”

June 3, 2013
Voters to decide in November on six-year levy for Medic One services
“The Emergency Medical Services system in King County is nationally known for its success at saving lives. I look forward to the voters of King County determining the worthiness of this measure and I am pleased to sponsor this legislation.”

May 28, 2013
Council approves “retired” County van for Camp Berachah Day Care of Auburn 
“As we celebrate our 40th anniversary of providing programs for families, and summer camps for 4,000 kids each summer, this van is much needed and appreciated. Thank you King County and Councilmember Dunn.”

May 28, 2013
Council approves “retired” County van for Cedar River Montessori School
“The gift of this van enables us to more easily go out into our community, exploring our place in it and providing service to it. By choosing Cedar River Montessori School, the Metropolitan King County Council is not just supporting our school, but our school’s ability to make a difference. We are deeply appreciative to Councilmember Dunn for making this a reality.”

May 28, 2013
Council approves “retired” County van for Vision House of Renton
“With the summer months almost here, we need safe, reliable transportation for the children to summer camps, meetings and field trips. We are so grateful to King County and Councilmember Dunn for nominating us for such a nice vehicle for our Vision House kids!”

May 28, 2013
Surplus Vanpool vans prepare for new careers: Council approves donations to organizations throughout County
“I am always proud to take part in this van donation process. These retired vans serve a worthy purpose and assist many organizations in our region in better serving their communities.”

May 24, 2013
Councilmembers: Inspections and funding for maintenance vital for transportation infrastructure
“This tragedy is a stark reminder of the challenge facing us within the State Legislature. We currently do not have the financing needed to maintain these aging structures. As the Legislature continues working on the State budget, local jurisdictions throughout the State have a critical need for local option funding tools just to maintain and preserve our existing roads and bridges.”

May 24, 2013
County Councilmembers Dunn, Patterson and Sheriff Urquhart urge support for federal funding of air traffic controllers at Renton Municipal Airport
“This airport is critically important to King County and the region. Congress must act and guarantee that the Renton Municipal Airport and others like it have the needed funding to operate fully and continue contributing to the local economy.”

May 20, 2013
County Council adopts interim structure for new Department of Public Defense with four separate divisions
“Public defense is the hallmark of a properly functioning legal system. The interim plan approved today ensures the integrity of our system will be maintained as we transition to an updated public defense model.”

May 20, 2013
King County Council Honors Congressman Norm Dicks
“Like Senators Magnuson and Jackson before him he is a true statesman in every sense of the word. It is a privilege to be able to honor him today and present him with this recognition for all he has done for this region and for this country.”

May 20, 2013
King County proclaims Emergency Medical Services Week
“King County’s emergency providers are known nationally for their success at saving lives. The residents of King County are fortunate to have such dedicated and well trained professionals working every day to continue that success.”

May 13, 2013
County Council recognizes officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice
“It is fitting that every year we take time out to honor the fallen heroes of law enforcement. These men and women protect our communities day in and day out and deserve our gratitude for all they do and all they have done.”

May 8, 2013
Executive Constantine and The Trust for Public Land announce plan to protect Squak Mountain
“I congratulate the Executive and The Trust for a partnership that will keep this land available to the public. This stretch is both a valuable habitat area and a source of recreation for people from around the region.”

May 8, 2013
Councilmember Dunn delivers “retired” County van to Enumclaw High School Transition Program
“It was great to work with the school in providing the vehicle, which now goes into its ‘Golden years’ filling an important need and for these students.”

May 6, 2013
County Council approves blueprint for emergency medical service system
“King County emergency medical services are second to none across this nation when it comes to saving lives. Adopting this strategic plan will ensure the lifesaving services we offer will continue well into the future.”

April 30, 2013
Dunn and Phillips: Reichert takes steps to make Mountains to Sound Greenway designation reality
“We applaud and thank Congressman Reichert for sponsoring the legislation supporting the Mountains to Sound Greenway. He has been a staunch advocate for this important and unique piece of land. Receiving the designation of National Heritage Area, should it pass, would be a first of its kind in Washington State.”

April 15, 2013 
Building on the present, preparing for the future: Council unanimously adopts 2013 Equity and Social Justice work plan
“Everyone deserves a fair opportunity. I am happy to support this ordinance and continue King County’s long commitment to serving all citizens of our County.”

April 8, 2013
County Council acts to keep largest piece of unprotected forestland remaining in King County from development
“Preserving this land keeps this area a working forest, protects local jobs and guarantees that generations to come will benefit from this purchase. This conservation easement also helps to preserve land that is used by many county residents for a variety of recreational activities.”

April 8, 2013
Recognizing the fallen: Council adopts plan to create King County Sheriff Deputy’s memorial
“Memorializing the members of the King County Sheriff’s Office that have given the ultimate sacrifice to protect their communities is long overdue. I look forward to working with Sheriff Urquhart and the King County Police Officers Guild to ensure that these 15 heroes are never forgotten and that this memorial becomes a reality.”

April 8, 2013
Recognizing the fallen: Council adopts plan to create King County Sheriff Deputy’s memorial
“The city of Newcastle will never forget the sacrifice of Deputy Richard Herzog who lost his life while protecting the public in 2002. This proposed memorial is another example of our shared conviction that Deputy Herzog and his fellow 14 members of the King County’s Sheriff’s Office killed in the line of duty will never be forgotten.”

April 8, 2013
Recognizing the fallen: Council adopts plan to create King County Sheriff Deputy’s memorial
“The Covington City Council offers its unanimous support for your Proposed Ordinance 2013-0132. As a city that contracts with King County for police services, we believe it is important to honor our fallen deputies here in King County.”

April 3, 2013
County Councilmember Dunn, Sheriff Urquhart to Host Town Hall Meeting in Fairwood
The senseless acts of violence that took the lives of two elderly members of the Fairwood community and the ongoing investigation into this tragedy will be discussed by Dunn and Sheriff Urquhart.

March 26, 2013
King County Sheriff Deputies’ Memorial Legislation Passes Council Committee Unanimously
Legislation honoring the fifteen members of the King County Sheriff’s Office that have been killed in the line of duty has unanimously passed the King County Council’s Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee (LJHHS). Currently, there is no memorial within the County honoring those men who died protecting their fellow citizens.

March 19, 2013
Transit audit report: Metro saving $22 million annually
“The findings of this audit prove that doing more with less is not only possible but a true success story for King County Metro. Metro has more lean times ahead and it is vitally important that we continue to find ways to cut costs, improve efficiency and remain consistent in providing the top notch service that Metro riders depend on.”

March 18, 2013
County Council appoints Ketu Shah to fill vacancy in King County District Court
“The King County District Court plays an integral role in our criminal justice process. Ketu Shah is a well-qualified individual that will serve the County and our Court system well.”

March 18, 2013
County Council approves proposed settlement with public defense employees
“Public defenders are a key element of our criminal justice system and these employees deserve comparable benefits to their peers. This settlement will protect King County taxpayers from costly litigation and put an end to this long drawn out case.”

March 6, 2013
Councilmember Dunn proposes creation of King County Sheriff Deputy’s memorial
“Honoring the memories of the King County Sheriff’s Department who have lost their lives protecting the public is the right thing to do. We must never forget the ultimate sacrifice they made on our behalf.”

March 4, 2013
Councilmember Dunn visits cities throughout Council District 9
“We face many challenges in 2013 but these challenges provide us unique opportunities to rise up and solve these issues, making the County a better more secure place for our residents.”

February 28, 2013
Dunn to Chair King County Flood Control District
“Serving on these committees is a very important part of representing the constituents of District 9. I take this responsibility very seriously and I look forward to a productive year finding solutions to the issues facing King County.”

February 11, 2013
King County Council appoints Rod Dembowski to fill vacancy in County Council District 1
“We have a lot of important work before the Council this year and I have full confidence that Councilmember Dembowski will represent the residents of District 1 with distinction.”

February 11, 2013
Council approves members of Advisory Council for Eastside Rail Corridor
“I am pleased to see that this advisory council will begin work on this important topic. The men and women on this council will do an outstanding job and I look forward to reviewing their findings.”

February 4, 2013
County Council ready to focus on Executive’s plans to strengthen King County’s “infrastructure”
“Delivering services and meeting the needs of the citizens of King County are goals I share with Executive Constantine. I thank him for his address this morning and I will be thoroughly reviewing his proposals as they come before the Council.”

January 30, 2013
Regional billboards become part of the campaign to inform public about Human Trafficking
“I can’t thank Clear Channel enough for all their cooperation in this awareness campaign, they have been integral to the success of this process. This issue isn’t going away and I am pleased we are taking steps to alert the public about the horrors of human trafficking and where help is available to victims.”

January 30, 2013
Mayor and County Councilmember Dunn announce anti-trafficking campaign
“Victims of human trafficking come to our area from all over the world; some are even victimized here at home. It's essential that this message goes out in as many languages as possible, so thank you ClearChannel for helping us make this a reality.”
January 22, 2013
Council approves members of advisory panel on transit mobility
“Mass transit is vitally important to low income populations in our communities. I look forward to hearing back about the important work this panel provides on ways we can better serve those populations.”

January 18, 2013
Dunn: Memorial “fitting tribute” for fallen officers
“It is truly a privilege to help dedicate this new memorial for Sergeant Hicks and Detective Raburn, two heroes who lost their lives in the line of duty protecting the community they both so admirably served.”
January 14, 2013
King County and coalitions promote awareness of human trafficking
“Raising awareness and educating the public about the horrors of Human Trafficking is one of the best ways we can stop these crimes. I am very pleased that here in King County we are focusing on human trafficking and ways to combat it.”

January 14, 2013
Colleagues recognize, say goodbye to Councilmember Bob Ferguson
“It was a pleasure to serve on the Council with such a thoughtful public servant. I wish him all the best in his new position in Olympia and I have no doubts he will serve the citizens of our state well.”

December 10, 2012
Regional cooperation for a regional asset: County Council creates regional panel for Eastside Rail Corridor
“I applaud the Executive and the Port of Seattle for working together with our regional partners to keep the Eastside Rail Corridor intact for the public’s benefit. I am excited to review the ideas and proposals the newly created ERC Regional Advisory Council develops.”

December 10, 2012
Council adopts state legislative agenda that focuses on increasing revenue options, sustaining safety net
“The State and Federal Legislative agendas are vitally important to the work we do in King County. It is important that the County Council advocates for the citizens we represent.”

December 3, 2012
Strengthening protection of open space, integrating County Strategic Plan: Council adopts update of
County land use policies

“As the only member of the County Council that lives in unincorporated King County I take this process very seriously. The process this year was open and transparent. I would like to thank everyone for their hard work - especially those members of the public that took the time to testify before the County Council on these important issues.”

December 3, 2012
Taking Action to Address Climate Change: Council adopts County Strategic Climate Action Plan
“King County has long been a leader in addressing environmental concerns. Adopting the Strategic Climate Action Plan for 2012 focuses our goals as a County in relation to climate change and allows the County to set the proper priorities.”

November 19, 2012
County Councilmember Reagan Dunn Extends Condolences to family of Kevin Mahelona and city of Enumclaw
“His dedication to his position and working with his colleagues will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during these tough times.”

November 16, 2012
Dunn and Gossett call on Pierce County Transit Board to join Anti-Human Trafficking campaign
“Human trafficking has become a serious problem here in King and Pierce Counties and across the nation. Being able to use both King County Metro and Pierce Transit in a joint effort to shed light on these heinous crimes is an important step forward in protecting victims, alerting potential victims and the general public about this issue.”

November 14, 2012
Dunn congratulates McMorris Rodgers, announces arrival of newest Dunn
“I would also like to announce that my lovely wife Paige has just given birth to our second child and first daughter, Pemberley Jennifer Dunn, named after her late grandmother, Jennifer Dunn. Baby and mother are both doing great and I couldn’t be any more proud.”

November 13, 2012
Meeting current needs, focusing on the future: County Council adopts 2013 King County Budget
“I am pleased we were able to work together for the citizens of King County and pass a budget that protects the County’s AAA credit rating. In these challenging economic times it important we act in a fiscally prudent manner to deliver the best services to the constituents we represent.”

November 13, 2012
Soup Ladies of Black Diamond Receive New Truck
“The Soup Ladies are an invaluable volunteer group here in the Pacific Northwest. I am ecstatic to play a part in securing this vehicle that will help them continue to serve our community. A big thank you goes out to the Sheriff’s Office and the County Executive as well who also played a part in making this handover possible.”

October 31, 2012 
Councilmember Dunn turns over “retired” County van to Renton Fire Department’s Explorer program
“On behalf of the Explorers from Renton Fire & Emergency Services Department, I would like to thank Councilmember Dunn for the donation of the van By promoting the Explorer program through the use of this van, it will provide opportunities for our area youth to learn about a career in the fire & emergency services.”

October 29, 2012
Council adopts internship program for military “HEROS” in King County
“This veterans program will benefit not only those returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, but all veterans who as a group have higher rates of unemployment than other segments of our population,”

October 15, 2012
County Council adopts amended SODO arena plan
“Should an arena ultimately be built in the SODO neighborhood, the inclusion of the SODO Transportation fund in this agreement places a much needed emphasis on protecting freight mobility. In addition to the increased financial protections for the taxpayers, I believe this is a much stronger agreement, since amended and it will help to accelerate the return of the NBA to our region.”

October 15, 2012
Council adopts increase in transit tickets available for homeless and low income populations
“This one time subsidy is certainly helpful to our low income residents who depend on bus service.”

October 8, 2012
Ensuring transportation access for all: Council creates advisory panel on transit mobility
“King County’s Metro Transit serves as a vital lifeline to not only the County’s low income residents, but to a growing number of commuters who can no longer afford the cost of driving a vehicle. I welcome the creation of this advisory committee and look forward to reviewing their proposals.”

October 4, 2012
Dunn requests further study on economic and social impacts of cutting Downtown Seattle Free Ride Area
“For the businesses within the Ride Free Area, it’s an important economic tool. For the homeless and low-income residents who get to their appointments using the free buses, it can be a literal lifesaver. We should review what damage will be done to both communities by ending this service.”

October 3, 2012
Dunn and Phillips call on Sound Transit Board to join Anti-Human Trafficking campaign
“Human trafficking has become a serious problem both here in King County and across the nation. Being able to use both King County Metro and Sound Transit in a joint effort to shed light on these heinous crimes is a big step forward in helping victims and potential victims.

October 3, 2012
Councilmember Dunn turns over “retired” County van to Maple Valley Community Center
“I am very happy to work with the Community Center and hand over this great looking van to this worthy organization. This van will undoubtedly help them better serve our community.”

October 1, 2012
County Council thanks Bill Block for directing effort to end homelessness
“Homelessness is a serious issue in King County and across the nation. We are privileged to have had such a tireless advocate working on behalf of the residents King County. Bill Block is to be commended for all his efforts.”

September 28, 2012
Human Trafficking public awareness campaign to begin in January
“We must better educate the public on what human trafficking is, the problems it presents here in King County and how to identify victims and potential victims. This campaign is an enormous step in the right direction in our fight against human trafficking.”

September 26, 2012
Increasing public input in the 2013 Budget: County Council implements social media tools to provide more opportunity for public input in budget process
“Using social media tools like Twitter will open up the dialogue and allow for members of the public to further comment and provide more opportunities for us their elected officials to hear their concerns.”

September 17, 2012
Studying ways to prevent cyberbullying in King County
“I am very pleased the County Council has acted on this motion to study the issue of cyberbullying and cyber predators in King County. It is critically important the County is prepared and has a plan in place to deal with this growing issue. This study will ensure the relevant authorities have a full understanding of the issue so we can better protect the residents of the county.”

September 17, 2012
Council adopts legislation streamlining, renaming county’s permitting environmental review agency
“This legislation is responsive to the changing population and customer base of unincorporated King County. Unincorporated and an increasingly more rural King County are now the primary customers for DPER, so we are creating an agency that supports the services they require, expect and deserve.”

September 17, 2012
Council approves working “retirement”  for County vans
“These deserving organizations assist their communities in many ways and help make King County a great place to live and raise a family.”

September 17, 2012
Council approves “retired” County van for Renton Fire and Emergency
“The Renton Fire and Emergency Department provides important services to the citizens of Renton and Fire District 40.”

September 17, 2012
Council approves “retired” County van for Enumclaw’s St. Elizabeth’s Hospital
“St. Elizabeth—formally the Enumclaw Regional Health Center—provides important services to the citizens in and around Enumclaw.”

September 17, 2012 
Council approves “retired” County van for Maple Valley Community Center
“Since 1976, the Greater Maple Valley Community Center has provided important services to the citizens in and around Maple Valley.”

September 17, 2012
County Council Celebrates 40 Years of Clean Water
“Serving on the Regional Water Quality Committee I know firsthand the great work King County does to abide by this law and I am proud to be a part of continuing the great tradition we have in this region for being able stewards of the environment.”

September 11, 2012
Motion calling for County cyberbullying study moves to full Council
“With the dramatic rise in the use of social media it is critically important the County has a full understanding of the issue so we can better protect the residents of the county.”

September 4, 2012
Dunn calls on Sheriff’s Office to study cyberbullying within King County
“In recent months, all across the country, we have seen tragedies unfold as a result of cyberbullying. This motion will allow the Sheriff’s Office to study this issue thoroughly and ensure King County has a plan to deal with any of these troubling bullying trends.”

August 27, 2012
King County Council recognizes 30 Years of Conservation Futures
“Conservation and preservation are values King County residents take very seriously. I commend all the hard working volunteers and all involved who have made the Conservation Futures Program a successful one for 30 years.”

August 8, 2012
Sikhs Honor Fallen Worshippers
“Sikhs in the Pacific Northwest and all throughout the United States should never feel fear when entering their place of worship.”

August 3, 2012
Dunn helps crown the “King Critter” of the King County Fair
“I look forward to the Fair every year. This event puts smiles on everyone’s faces and it is a whole lot of fun for all involved.”

July 30, 2012
Dunn: Arena ordinance needed further study
“I was unable to support the arena proposal in its current form. I have many reservations about the proposed location, including the arena’s potential impact on existing businesses, future growth at the Port of Seattle, and local transportation infrastructure. Recent statements by a super-majority of the Seattle City Council, the Port of Seattle, and our state's transportation leaders are also reasons for further study.”

July 16, 2012
County Council recognizes accreditation of fingerprint lab
“AFIS is an invaluable law enforcement tool that plays a vital role in crime detection throughout the region. The system’s accreditation recognizes the expertise and knowledge of the county employees responsible for the operation of the program.”

July 9, 2012
Raising awareness, assisting victims: Council unanimously adopts Human Trafficking public awareness campaign
“Educating the public on what human trafficking is and providing information to trafficking victims on where to turn for assistance will help to combat these crimes. This motion is an important step in protecting our children and using Metro resources in a positive way.”

July 9, 2012
County Council appoints Dino Rossi to State Senate
“There is no better friend or representative to the constituents of the 5th Legislative District than Dino Rossi. Dino has the experience having served in the Senate previously and will ensure the interests of the 5th district are well served through November.”

July 9, 2012
County Councilmembers recognize the benefits of National Parks
“People travel from all over the country and world to visit our National Parks. It is imperative we continue to fund these parks and keep them in the pristine condition we see them in today for future generations to enjoy.”

June 27, 2012
King County Executive proposes $100,000 to continue 4-H youth programs
“4-H youth programs have played an important role in the lives of many young people throughout King County. I am pleased that Executive Constantine has proposed this much needed funding to keep these programs going into the future.”

June 27, 2012
Human Trafficking Public Awareness Campaign Passed out of Committee
“Human trafficking has reached crisis levels here in King County and all around the country. We know that educating the public on what human trafficking is, how the public can make a difference, and getting information to trafficking victims on where to turn for help works.  This Motion is an important step in our efforts to tackle this issue and I thank my colleagues on the Council and the Executive for supporting this measure.”

June 19, 2012
Arena investor Chris Hansen presents to Council Budget Committee
“Seattle has a long and proud history of professional men’s Basketball and Hockey as illustrated by the Supersonics 1979 NBA Championship and the Seattle Metropolitans winning the Stanley Cup in 1917. I would like nothing more than to play a part in bringing these sporting activities back to the region. That said, as a representative of the taxpayers I will continue to carefully evaluate this proposal as we move forward to determine if the County’s interests and thus our taxpayers are protected prior to making a decision either way.”

June 18, 2012
Dunn statement on Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods in Seattle
“As a former federal prosecutor and the former national coordinator of the US Justice Department’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program, I am thrilled to learn that this program will be further utilized by federal prosecutors and King County Prosecutors.”

June 11, 2012
Councilmembers advocate prevention of elder abuse
“Helping raise awareness of the important issue of elder abuse is something I am proud to be a part of. We must continue to do all we can to protect the most vulnerable among us.”

May 31, 2012
Dunn calls on Olympia to adopt legislation that toughens penalties on juvenile gun crime
“Supporting and passing this law is an absolute necessity. Not only will this law place stricter penalties on dangerous juveniles, but it also gets them the help and counseling they need.”

May 29, 2012
Shedding light on the battle against Human Trafficking in King County
“This is a form of modern day slavery. There is an indisputable link between public transit and the recruitment of minors into prostitution and we have the obligation to let the victims know there is help available and to make the public aware of the growing problem of human sex trafficking.”

May 29, 2012
County Council creates new opportunity for public comment at Council meetings
“This new public comment period is another way we can hear from our constituents and ensure that County government is more open, transparent and responsive.”

May 21, 2012
Greater community access, engagement part of Council’s equity and justice goals for 2012
“I am pleased to support the Equity and Social Justice Initiative. Implementing this working plan ensures the policies and programs of this county will better serve all of our residents.”

May 16, 2012
County Councilmember Dunn: Arena proposal will be “thoroughly vetted”
“In the coming weeks I will work with my colleagues on the council to see that this proposal is thoroughly vetted to ensure the County’s interests are protected.”

May 14, 2012
King County Council declares May 13-19 National Police Week
“Honoring our Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies by designating this week as Police Week is a small thing we can do to show our support and stand with these officers that keep us safe day in and day out.”

May 7, 2012
Arrival of RapidRide service in Ballard and West Seattle highlight adopted September transit service changes
“These new changes were crafted with the input of the public and will serve the passengers and the community in a more cost effective and efficient way. I thank the citizens who took the time to comment on these changes and I am confident these changes will be constructive changes for all involved.”

May 7, 2012
Council appoints Johanna Bender to fill vacancy in King County District Court
“Johanna Bender has impressive qualifications and I am more than confident Ms. Bender will make and outstanding addition to the bench.”

May 1, 2012
County Councilmember Reagan Dunn responds to violent protests in Seattle
“Tuesday's violent protests were not about the rights of working people. If anything, these irresponsible and illegal demonstrations made life harder on the working men and women in our community.”

April 23, 2012
Councilmembers approve study on creating internship program for veterans
“This is an opportunity to create a regional model for public and private employers that can increase employment opportunities for these heroes who protect our freedom.”

April 16, 2012
Council sends proposed levy increase for construction of Children and Family Justice Center to August ballot
“The issue of building a new Family Youth and Justice Center in Seattle is now in the hands of the voters. I urge the public to take a close look at the ballot measure and make an informed decision on this important levy.”

April 10, 2012
Proposed internship program for veterans sent to full Council
“The Veterans Internship Program will take important steps at the County level to train, place and employ our veterans and help reverse this trend of higher unemployment among returning members of the armed forces. We owe our veterans a great debt for their service and I look forward to seeing this program being fully implemented.”

April 9, 2012
Dunn proposes new tools to combat gangs in King County
“These ordinances will give law enforcement another tool to use against those suspected of gang-related activity. It’s a giant step in the right direction and I urge my colleagues to support its immediate adoption.”

April 2, 2012
Council honors Amalgamated Transit Union for 100 years of service to King County
The Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 587, representing more than 4,000 bus drivers and transit operators, was recognized today by the King County Council for 100 years of serving public transportation needs in King County

March 26, 2012
Councilmembers call for creation of internship program for veterans
"King County should help to provide our veterans the opportunity to apply the skills they acquired in our nation's armed forces--skills which would benefit not only King County, but any employer in our region."

March 26, 2012
County Council thanks King County Sheriff Sue Rahr
"Even through difficult budgetary times, Sheriff Rahr has provided steady, quality leadership for law enforcement officers serving and protecting the residents of unincorporated King County and cities contracting with the Sheriff's Office. I thank her for her service and wish her well in her next endeavor."

March 19, 2012
Council gives its support for designation of Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area
"The Mountains to Sound Greenway is truly one of the jewels of the Pacific Northwest. I thank my colleagues for joining me in urging Congress to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area."

March 19, 2012
Dunn recognizes efforts to combat Deep-Vein Thrombosis
"DVT awareness continues to grow in the public realm, but more needs to be done so people understand the signs and symptoms of DVT and can reduce their risk. In honor of my mother, I have worked across the country to raise awareness of this serious, yet preventable, condition."

March 15, 2012
Dunn: "Blue Alert" law recognition of importance of protecting public safety officers
"These are men and women who leave home every day knowing they might not be coming back. Any system that helps make the public aware of attacks on law enforcement is a step towards protecting them and assisting in apprehending those responsible."

March 6, 2012
Motion Urging Congressional Designation of Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area heads
to full Council
"It is truly one of the jewels of the Northwest. Congress should ensure its protection by designating the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area."

March 2, 2012
Dunn praises state Legislature for creation of "Blue Alert" system for law enforcement
"Law enforcement officers dedicate their lives to the protection and service of others. Providing them with a Blue Alert system shows we understand that an assault on them is an assault on the blanket of safety they provide all of us."

March 2, 2012
Dunn: Norm Dicks "A tireless and effective advocate"
"Thank you to Norm Dicks for a lifetime of service to Washington State. Norm has been a tireless and effective advocate for his district and the state as a whole."

February 27, 2012
Council supports "Blue Alert" for law enforcement
"These past few years have been especially dangerous for law enforcement, and a Blue Alert system will go a long way in helping to protect first responders and the public at large."

February 23, 2012
Dunn Urges Legislature to Create "Blue Alert" System
"Law enforcement officers dedicate their lives to the protection and service of others. It's time for us to once again step up and support them."

February 16, 2012
Dunn: Looking forward to learning more about arena proposal
"As a die-hard Sonics fan, I long for the days of 'The Glove,' Gary Payton, and Seattle's 'Reign Man,' Shawn Kemp. I sincerely hope Sonics basketball is in Seattle's future."

February 6, 2012
Council hails Executive's call for regional partnership for economic revival
"I've appreciated Executive Constantine's ongoing collaborative approach in working with the Council. As we move forward into the New Year, it's important that we find new ways to reform government in order to best serve our citizens. As Chair of the Regional Transit Committee, I will continue to work towards a more efficient and fair Metro system to maximize its benefit to transit riders as a whole."

November 14, 2011
Council adopts ordinance to support local farmers
"We are very fortunate to have so many great locally grown agricultural products near our urban areas. Farmers in our APDs need to know that we intend to continue to protect the business of farming and I believe this legislation sends a signal that we are listening to their concerns."

November 9, 2011
County Council approves "humane, efficient" 2012 King County Budget
"This budget is stable but builds on cuts from prior years to our criminal justice system. I am pleased that we have been able to restore storefront deputies and provide funding to fight gangs over the past year. I am also particularly proud of the Council's work in re-prioritizing the Roads budget to focus on services rather than administration."

October 24, 2011
Council recognizes Pro Bono Week in King County
"It is so important to maintain equal access to justice and an essential part of that are lawyers who volunteer their time. We honor that sacrifice today."

October 24, 2011
Council approves funds to maintain and expand 737 production in Washington
"Boeing put Seattle on the map as an innovative region and it remains a central part of our economy. Today Boeing has a lot of choices in a global marketplace. The Pegasus Project is the type of government advocacy needed to compete in the 21st century."

October 20, 2011
Metro on Target to Increase Productivity, Efficiency
"As a result of the new Strategic Plan for Public Transportation we will soon see the end of unproductive service and duplicative routes that will result in a more efficient bus system."

October 17, 2011
Council proclaims October Breast Cancer Awareness Month
"My Mom was very important in my life. For the sake of sons and daughters who depend on their Mom, women should be aware of the risk and the resources for early detection."

October 13, 2011
Dunn introduces ordinance to support local farmers
"This legislation cleans up a policy that makes it difficult for farmers to receive large deliveries. Hopefully this will make it a little easier for them to do their jobs."

September 19, 2011
County Council recognizes 125th anniversary of King County Bar Association
"The KCBA is so important as an advocate for improving the justice system and for connecting and educating its members. It's with great pride that we celebrate its 125th anniversary."

September 12, 2011
County vans sent into "working" retirement by Council
"The retired van program, especially in these tough economic times, is an excellent way for the county to assist these non-profits in serving our most vulnerable populations."

August 30, 2011
Dunn and Phillips Applaud Gang Violence Proposal
"Tough prosecution combined with an increased focus on prevention is just the right mix of solutions to address this serious issue. As a former federal prosecutor, I know the importance of the carrot and stick approach to dealing with young people in our criminal justice system."

August 30, 2011
County leaders unite on anti-gang violence initiative
"I was shocked and appalled by the shooting of 13 people in Kent recently. The incident started a gang war in South King County that is a very serious problem. These resources are desperately needed to respond quickly and forcefully. This kind of violence will not be tolerated in our communities. I applaud the leadership of Prosecutor Satterberg for raising the issue and to my colleagues for acting decisively."

August 19, 2011
Dunn Praises Voters for Reauthorization of the Veterans and Human Services Levy
"This levy extension is another example of how our community will pull together during difficult times to make sure the most vulnerable among us don't go hungry or without shelter."

August 15, 2011
Councilmembers "disappointed" by Council's decision to deny public vote on car tabs
"There have been numerous votes on car tabs through the years and the people expect to have a say."

August 2, 2011
Dunn and Phillips call for response to gang violence
"Prosecutor Satterberg and Sheriff Rahr need the resources to prosecute gang related crimes to the fullest. A message must be sent that we will not tolerate this kind of violence in our community."

July 11, 2011
New vision for public transportation in King County with Council adoption of transit strategic plan
"This has been a tremendous regional effort where everyone came together to make sure that the Metro bus system is as efficient as it can be. Through this process, Metro identified more than 450,000 hours of service from low productivity routes or areas where service restructuring could result in greater efficiency. This will serve to streamline our transit system through the difficult times ahead."

July 11, 2011
Council agrees to a "new model" for unincorporated communities
"I appreciate the service of our existing Unincorporated Area Councils. They have been working hard and providing our county leaders with the unincorporated area perspective for many years. I hope this new framework can build on those relationships and expand outreach to other parts of the unincorporated areas that don't have Unincorporated Area Councils."

June 23, 2011
Dunn on terrorism arrest: "We must remain vigilant"
"As a former federal prosecutor serving in the Terrorism and Violent Crime Unit of the Seattle U.S. Attorney's office, I was trained to be on guard for threats of domestic terrorism such as this. This incident is a chilling reminder of the threats we face right here in King County."

June 15, 2011
Regional leaders support new vision for public transportation in King County
"I am so pleased that we were able to come together as regional leaders and adopt a framework for moving forward into the next decade. As a transit agency, we face very serious challenges in the years ahead. Without this framework, agreement on solving our problems would be very hard to come by."

June 9, 2011
Protecting rights and safety: Dunn, Ferguson introduce charter amendment to make public safety
the paramount duty of King County
"The criminal justice system should be the top priority of local government. Without personal safety, none of the other freedoms that we enjoy can be realized. This charter amendment reaffirms the county's commitment to preserving public safety."

June 3, 2011
Dunn completes District listening tour
"Everywhere I went, I was told by residents that times are tough and the County needs to do more with less. It's why I stay close to my district so I don't lose sight of who I work for."

May 10, 2011
Council accepts plan on reentry of offenders into community
"I was pleased to put together a motion calling for the plan in July, and I am more pleased that we have adopted that plan. During these times of seriously declining resources, we need to do everything we can to position ourselves to compete for resources."

April 21, 2011
Dunn: Lakewood Officers' Memorial Act used to keep dangerous suspect "behind bars"
"This is the type of crime we envisioned for the application of the new Lakewood law, and shows exactly why we needed to give our judges more discretion to deny bail."

April 18, 2011
Celebrating environmental awareness: County Council recognizes Earth Day
"I hope all residents of the county will commemorate this upcoming celebration of Earth Day with President Theodore Roosevelt's words in mind: 'The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem it will avail us little to solve all others.'"

March 14, 2011
Council's priorities build upon countywide strategic plan
"Last year, as Chair of the Council, I led the effort to create a list of specific goals and priorities in implementing the countywide strategic plan. I am encouraged by what we have accomplished and grateful for the work of my colleagues in building on this and setting another ambitious agenda for the next five years."

March 9, 2011
Regional leaders support renewal of King County Veterans and Human Services Levy
The levy invests in critical services for our veterans and our families in need across all of King County. These investments are needed more than ever during these tough economic times."

March 7, 2010
Funding in place to begin construction of new South Park Bridge
"Today's legislation cements the funding needed to start construction on the new South Park Bridge, which is critical for businesses and residents. Working with local governments to secure funding for a new bridge was one of the Council's key priorities last year."

February 28, 2011
Councilmembers, Executive ready to work together toward "One King County"
"I enjoyed the collaboration in working with Executive Constantine during the first year of his administration. He has laid out an ambitious agenda for 2011 and I look forward to working with him where there is agreement."

January 27, 2011
Dunn urges Council to support victim-witnesses in criminal proceedings
"It is an extremely scary prospect for victims to tell their story in court. Imagine how much more difficult it is to be questioned by an attacker directly. To get victims to come forward, the criminal justice system must offer them some protection, while balancing the rights of the accused."

January 7, 2011
Dunn, von Reichbauer: Governor's ferry plan won't float
"In 2007, the state forced King County into creation of a local Ferry District by threatening to cut passenger-only ferry service. That has not been a successful experiment and should not be repeated."

January 3, 2011
Bipartisan coalition introduces proposal for renewal of Veterans and Human Services Levy
"While the county is being forced to eliminate human services from its general fund budget, we must maintain this modest funding source. It is the least we can do to honor the sacrifice of our returning heroes."

December 1, 2010
Dunn proposes "Priority Commission" to examine criminal justice funding
"The people told us in November that they won't approve new taxes right now. I don't believe they meant to say that the criminal justice system is not important. They weren't given the opportunity to prioritize where their tax dollars should go. I think they should be given that option."

November 15, 2010
Councilmembers vote against County Budget
"The taxpayers of this county are struggling and they are looking to the Council for solutions. I tried to offer some reasonable alternatives but my ideas were not taken seriously. Now we have a budget before us that makes people less safe."

October 11, 2010
Council approves reduction in jail fees for cities
"There is no question that the King County Jail needs to become more competitive. This reduction of fees is precisely the kind of cooperation we need with cities to fully utilize capacity at the jail. I applaud the Executive and our regional partners for their proactive leadership."

September 27, 2010
Council's budget leadership acknowledges that 2011 Budget will involve painful choices
"The cuts to our law enforcement system are deep. I don't like seeing the safety of the community on the chopping block and I will work with my colleagues to find ways to restore the worst cuts."

September 27, 2010
Council calls for Executive to examine feasibility of giving county employees greater flexibility over health care costs
"Salaries and benefits are the biggest cost drivers of deficits in the County's general fund budget. Until we are able to reduce the growth of King County government to the rate of inflation, we will face deficits almost every year despite growth in the economy. Consumer directed health insurance options could potentially save us millions of dollars and help reduce yearly deficits."

September 20, 2010
County Council recognizes the lasting impact of volunteerism with a "Day of Caring"
"It is important to recognize local volunteers because they add so much to the quality of life in King County. Our volunteers serve without the desire for recognition, but perhaps by thanking them and shedding light on their work, others may be inspired to join and increase the culture of volunteerism and community service in King County."

September 7, 2010
County Council joins efforts to turn teens away from tobacco
"Our goal is to make sure that young people and their parents have the best available information to help them choose not to start smoking. If they are smoking, we want them to know there is help out there to quit--that they don't have to go it alone."

September 7, 2010
Council approves sending County vans into "working" retirement
"I look forward to the van donation program each year. It is a small way to support and thank the non-profit agencies that work so hard to provide for the needs that exist out in our communities. King County's retired vans will supply these agencies with greater resources to carry out their missions."

July 26, 2010
Council requests plan for moving people from jail to society
"It's important that we as policy makers consider how best to move people from jail back to living constructive lives. Sometimes a very small adjustment will keep someone from reoffending. That's something we should think about and plan for."

July 14, 2010
Comprehensive reforms in labor policy include changes in wages and benefits
"King County labor policy reform is a difficult undertaking but it is absolutely necessary. Budget sustainability and efficiency will remain out of reach until labor costs are addressed and brought in line with fiscal reality. This is a meaningful step in the right direction."

June 14, 2010
Dunn and Lambert introduce tax neutral plan for Criminal Justice funding
"This plan honors taxpayers by not asking them for more taxes during this severe economic downturn. It also prioritizes our cops and courts by cutting back on things that are lower priorities at this time."

May 25, 2010
Dunn calls on Executive to plan for avoiding layoff notices for criminal justice agencies
"I have heard what our criminal justice elected officials have said about maintaining continuity in their departments while the voters are given an opportunity to decide on services. This motion simply asks the Executive to develop a plan for maintaining that continuity and send it to the Council."

May 24, 2010
Councilmembers propose "Tax Neutral" solution to County budget crisis
"Voters are demanding that government prioritize vital services while respecting the pain felt by working families across King County. We are finally getting to that discussion here at King County."

May 24, 2010
Council recognizes King County Municipal League's Centennial
"For 100 years, the Municipal League has served the citizens of King County in making government more accountable and advocating for reform when needed."

May 18, 2010
County must make "hard choices" before going to voters
"Before considering new revenue, King County must look at ways to offset new taxes with cuts in other places. King County taxpayers are struggling to crawl out of the recession. This is not a time to burden them further."

May 17, 2010
Council adopts plan to make data available to local innovators
"Political leaders like to talk about what a smart region we live in and how we are going to harness their knowledge to improve government. This legislation will allow developers and the media to use King County data in new and innovative ways. In the process, our citizens get access to more information and our government becomes more transparent."

April 26, 2010
Council supports implementation of program focusing on threats against police
"It is time for the county to embrace the use of multidimensional programs that protect citizens from threats while providing mental health treatment to those who need it."

April 12, 2010
Plug and drive: Council adopts policies for electric vehicle charging station program
"Electric vehicles are the future of transportation. We need to be prepared with the infrastructure to make them work. This is the first step toward a cleaner future. In three years, the Council will see what the next steps should be."

April 1, 2010
Dunn supports King County Sheriff's program to focus on threats against police
"Having a science and behavioral based program like this in place could have helped identify Maurice Clemmons as a person with violent tendencies and alerted the Lakewood police before they were gunned down last year while enjoying a moment together before work in their local coffee shop."

March 22, 2010
Repair of Federal Howard Hanson Dam a priority: Council calls on Congress to act on funds for interim and permanent fix
"King County is incurring costs to move its facilities, cities are incurring costs to prepare for flooding, the King County Flood District had to build a sand bag wall, businesses are trying to make long term decisions on where to locate and all of the uncertainty is hurting our economy. None of this is necessary if the federal government simply fixes the Howard Hanson Dam."

March 9, 2010
Council Committee receives update on new Domestic Violence Initiative
"This is a serious community problem that affects all levels of our society. Domestic violence cases plague our criminal justice system and affect future generations. I applaud our Prosecutor for proactively tackling this difficult issue."

March 8, 2010
Dunn applauds legislative action on the Lakewood Law Enforcement Memorial Act
"This is a major step forward for the protection of our community and the men and women in uniform who serve it."

March 8, 2010
Councilmembers encouraged by "Blueprint for Reform" presented by County Executive
"I was encouraged that Executive Constantine prioritized the key problems facing county government and proposed some broad solutions for fixing them. Many of his messages are ones that I have championed for years."

March 1, 2010
Council adopts enhanced oversight for County's high-risk capital projects
"We will no longer give a blank check to project managers in big, high-risk projects. This legislation provides for check-in points where the Council can say no if the project isn't working out."

February 22, 2010
County Council appoints Michael Finkle to serve as new Northeast District Court Judge
"As an attorney who has spent significant time practicing in District Court, I can attest that Michael Finkle will be a fabulous judge."

February 16, 2010
Council gives its support to state constitutional amendment denying bail to "Third Strike" offenders
"Protecting the public and those who protect us is the paramount duty of every government. This legislation is necessary and appropriate for the preservation of safety."

February 4, 2010
King County to offer data to local innovators
"This legislation will literally allow the smartest people from Microsoft, Google, Amazon and others to use King County data in new and innovative ways. In the process, our citizens get access to more information and our government becomes more accessible."

January 21, 2010
Illegal dumping ordinance a success
"We knew it was having an impact, but the report has shown us just how effective the legislation has been."

January 19, 2010
Dunn to Chair Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee
"The bad economy presents a number of challenges for King County government. Criminal justice and human services is where the rubber meets the road. It's where government interacts with the people we serve. I want to continue to improve the services we provide and make them more accessible to our citizens."

January 13, 2010
Dunn introduces motion supporting constitutional amendment that would deny bail to "Third Strike" offenders
"King County, the largest county in the state, needs to let our legislators know that we will support their efforts to protect the citizens of Washington State and the fine law enforcement personnel that put their lives on the line every day."

January 11, 2010
Councilmembers extend deadline on closure of King County animal shelters
"All of us on the Council want to make sure that the animals who need sheltering are treated humanely and have an opportunity to live in a caring home."

January 11, 2010
President Obama and U.S. Senate say King County has "Cadillac" Health Plan
"There is no question that King County's health plans are extremely generous but taxing a local government who is being generous to its employees seems a bit ridiculous."

January 11, 2010
Councilmembers recognize and honor Eagle Scouts for their service to King County
"I offer my congratulations to the Eagle Scouts, their families, and Scout leaders. Their achievement paves the way to a positive future for themselves and their communities."

January 4, 2010
Council appoints Jan Drago to fill vacancy in Council District 8
"I was looking for an independent minded person who could work with all of my colleagues. With Jan Drago we get that and a wealth of local government experience as well. I'm pleased to welcome her and look forward to working with her between now and November."

December 18, 2009
Dunn Applauds Senate action on Pratt River Wilderness Bill
"I commend Congressman Reichert for leading the visionary effort to add the Pratt River Valley to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. I knew from the beginning that this was something we could count on a bipartisan effort to accomplish, and I know Senator Murray will work until the measure is signed into law."

December 14, 2009
Council adopts funding for King County Fair and 4-H in 4th Quarter Supplemental Budget
"I'm hopeful that this funding can continue the fair that we all love. It was a real struggle to find this funding and I hope it is enough for the city of Enumclaw to put on the event in 2010. I am a true believer in its importance to our community."

December 14, 2009
County Council adopts Juvenile Court facilities plan
"I was pleased to work with the Executive and the Judges to finally make a decision to move this very important project forward. It was quite an effort to bring everyone together in a shared vision but we finally got it done."

December 7, 2009
Council Committee interviews 4 candidates recommended for Constantine vacancy in District 8
"I want to thank the advisory committee and the candidates for their work. Each of the candidates were very well qualified and would do a good job representing the citizens of District 8."

November 24, 2009
County Council receives 11 applications for Constantine vacancy in District 8
"The process is in place to quickly review the applications we've received. With input from the advisory committee, I expect the Council to make the appointment before the end of the year."

November 23, 2009
Dunn: Good news and bad news in adopted 2010 Budget
"Spending reserves to balance the budget is not sustainable. For another year King County has failed to address the structural budget gap created by too much spending and not enough revenue. Everyone is talking about the structural budget gap being a revenue problem. There is another side to that equation - spending. I'm hopeful that a new Executive can begin to address the main driver of the general fund, which is salaries and benefits."

November 23, 2009
King County Council unanimously adopts 2010 Budget that keeps basic services on the streets, cuts costs, and increases efficiencies
"I am very pleased with the priorities set by this budget. Public safety must be our top concern and this budget makes that the number one priority. However, we face an even tougher challenge in maintaining basic services next year. If the county cannot get a handle on the cost drivers of the general fund then we will be back here year after year."

November 16, 2009
King County Council adopts tax-neutral financing that maintains Metro bus service despite steep decline in revenues
"This is a real coup for taxpayers. We rolled up our sleeves and made Metro more efficient. Taxpayers don't have to pay more and commuters still have their buses. It's definitely a win for everyone."

November 2, 2009
Council recognizes 30 Years of farmland preservation
"Thirty years ago, the voters instructed the county to preserve farmland for future generations before it was too late. The Farmland Preservation Program has accomplished that goal and continues to be a tool for ensuring a future for farming in King County - which means a future where farmers continue and pass on their trade and locals can buy produce and other farm products that sustain the local economy and environment."

October 26, 2009
King County Auditor presents new findings on leadership, organization and operation of County animal shelter
"I am sorry to say this audit underscores the problems that continue to plague the King County animal shelter."

October 19, 2009
Council authorizes emergency funding for relocation of County services and protection of County facilities in flood-threatened Green River Valley
"This emergency funding to protect our wastewater facility could save millions in property damage. Preserving county services and protecting the wastewater facilities from damage are key elements of responsible planning and response to the flood threat."

October 13, 2009
Dunn fights for King County Fair funding after success of 2009 event
"At the end of the day this is about more than a fair. It's about supporting our rural communities, preserving that proud 146-year legacy, and keeping the door open to a thriving future for agriculture in King County."

October 12, 2009
County Council adopts reforms for public records disclosure
"Transparency in government is always what we should be striving for and providing standardized disclosure forms will assist our citizens in accessing their government and its decisions. I am confident that by incorporating the recommendations of our state Attorney General we are strengthening our commitment to an open process at all levels of government."

October 12, 2009
"Mega-shelters" being scouted to house up to 5,000 potential evacuees from the Green River Valley in the event of flooding from the federal Howard Hanson Dam
"The scenario of King County residents with nowhere to go - or worse, no way to get there is unacceptable. Evacuation and shelter planning will prevent thousands of valley citizens from being stranded."

October 5, 2009
County Council adopts updates to King County Farmland Preservation Program
"The updates will provide more economic opportunities for farmers and strengthen the program overall. The changes were crafted in collaboration with King County farmers, ensuring the program is practical and beneficial to the economic viability of preserved farmland, which is essential for there to be a future for local agriculture."

October 5, 2009
Council told that interim repairs to federal Howard Hanson Dam expected to be done by November 1
"We all know that with a potential catastrophe of this size, interagency coordination and communication is absolutely vital and so far I believe our communities are doing a great job of working with each other and the Corps to keep everyone informed."

September 17, 2009
Dunn introduces updates to King County Farmland Preservation Program
"The King County Farmland Preservation Program has allowed many farmers to continue to operate in King County amid significant pressure from development interests and property cost issues. The program has a successful history and is a key to preserving the presence of local agriculture for generations to come."

September 15, 2009
Another $3.7 million in annual savings and efficiencies identified in audit of Metro Transit
"I will discuss these findings with my colleagues and the Executive to see if there is a plan to minimize cuts to our regional bus system. I'm very hopeful we can come up with a plan that will result in minimal service reductions."

September 1, 2009
Up to $31 million in savings and efficiencies identified in performance audit of Metro Transit
"This audit will be extremely useful in our ongoing efforts to balance the Transit Division's budget. We can use technology already available to become more efficient and cost effective. In doing this we can reduce the time that buses run empty and drivers are waiting for their routes to start. I'm hopeful that these recommendations can be implemented quickly and thus cut less service than previously anticipated."

August 31, 2009
Council authorizes proactive emergency declaration in advance of potential flooding from Howard Hanson Dam
"This is just common sense. It's not a question of whether there will be severe flooding, but when. It seems to me that while we can't control the rainfall we can be proactive in preparing how we deal with an emergency."

August 31, 2009
Charging into the future: Council calls for guidelines for development of electric car charging stations
"I am excited about moving to greener technologies in the county but in order to provide a successful transition of the County's fleet to electric cars, we must have the policies in place to recoup our investment in these charging stations."

August 26, 2009
New risk of flooding from Howard Hanson Dam could threaten County facilities and require emergency relocations
"Potential flooding in the Green River Valley is a reality for which we must prepare now."

August 18, 2009
Public-private partnership urged as means to keep the King County Fair alive
"At the end of the day this is about more than a fair. It's about supporting our rural communities who are proud of the legacy they share with all of us in the county."

August 14, 2009
Preparing to power up: Dunn proposes County develop electric car charging station policies
"If we are going to embrace this technology we need to be ready to supply charging stations at our park and ride lots as well as other county facilities."

August 3, 2009
King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn chosen by Aspen Institute for Rodel Fellowship
"The Institute is held in high regard worldwide for its work on national and international issues. I look forward to serious discussions on King County's budget issues, law enforcement issues, health and social service and other issues of regional importance with my fellow classmates."

July 31, 2009
Dunn seeks support for human rights and fair elections in Iran
"How can we not offer our support to the Iranian people when they are fighting for the same ideals our county has embraced for over 230 years. We have an obligation to speak out against the government of Iran's violation of human rights, election fraud, and ongoing violence against its people."

July 30, 2009
Councilmembers call for comprehensive approach to close Metro Transit deficit
"These are not political gimmicks. These are hard policy choices that we have considered over a period of months. This plan will limit service cuts to a minimal level, while keeping faith with voters who adopted Transit Now."

July 22, 2009
Dunn calls for creation of a "Flood Czar"
"The Green River Valley is home to tens of thousands of residents, major employers and the region's largest warehouse and distribution operations. We need to have a dedicated person at the state level in place to coordinate the overall emergency response needs."

July 20, 2009
Crowds "Go Wild" at 2009 King County Fair
"The credit for the success of the Fair goes to the city of Enumclaw and Mayor John Wise. The Mayor and the City worked very hard in a short period of time to put on a fun and model county fair."

July 13, 2009
Council responds to State audit with call for increased accountability
"We are taking the Auditor's findings very seriously. King County has room for improvement and this legislation is a step in the right direction."

July 10, 2009
"Let's Go Wild" in Enumclaw: City to host King County Fair July 16-18
"This has been an event that I have been going to since I was a little kid and I look forward to bringing my wife and son for years to come."

June 29, 2009
Council calls for new rules to balance salmon habitat with swimmer safety
"This legislation offers another opportunity for the King County Council and cooperating agencies to keep our rivers safe for recreationalists, residents, and to support salmon recovery. Large woody debris is one of many tools for salmon recovery but its placement should not be at odds with public safety."

June 29, 2009
County whistleblower protections strengthened
"We want to encourage our employees to let us know when they see misconduct in county government. To do that they need to feel confident that managers will not retaliate against them. This is a step toward a more accountable government."

June 22, 2009
Ferguson and Dunn call for higher standards of accountability in response to state audit
"This audit shows us that there is work we need to do to make King County government better. It's time to roll up our sleeves and get to work."

May 29, 2009
Ferguson and Dunn propose reforms for King County public records disclosure
"King County has an abysmal record of complying with public records requests. We have paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars in court costs and fines. This is an area that's ripe for reform."

May 26, 2009
Council approves new life for retired vans
"These community organizations are reaching out to people who need something most of us take for granted - basic mobility. That is priceless."

May 19, 2009
Dunn completes District listening tour
"Everywhere I went, I was told by residents that taxes are too high and times are tough. King County needs to stop spending and expecting our citizens to bail them out."

May 11, 2009
Extension of homebuilding permits by County Council will aid struggling housing market
"These extensions will allow builders to get their work started without delay once the economy starts to recover. Making builders repeat the process because their permits have expired would needlessly delay job creation and stifle housing supply right when we will need it to help propel economic growth."

May 4, 2009
Council moves swiftly to fund protection of Raging River open space
"Preservation of the Raging River continues the legacy of keeping the Mountains to Sound Greenway green. King County's contribution to this transaction is integral to making the deal work. I am so proud that we have taken this opportunity and I was proud to help lead the effort."

April 24, 2009
Council Town Hall to discuss Mountains to Sound Greenway
"The Greenway cleans our air, provides habitat for wildlife and salmon, and gives us a place for hiking, fishing, and enjoying the beauty of our region. We owe it to future generations to preserve this Northwest jewel."

April 20, 2009
Dunn promotes preservation of Raging River open space
"The Raging River property is the largest remaining block of open space left in the Mountains to Sound Greenway Regional leaders before us created the Greenway and left it to us to finish. I am so proud that I can play in role in this major acquisition."

April 6, 2009
King County Council implements greater transparency in County budget numbers
"Transparency has the effect of holding policy makers accountable. If people can see what their money is spent on, they have more faith in their government. That is something that is surely lacking among our citizens at this time."

March 23, 2009
Council seeks efficiencies through expanded performance audit of Metro Transit
"In the face of budget shortfalls, we must run transit with the highest efficiency possible. Tough decisions must be made if necessary to provide optimal transit services to the taxpayers who rely on it."

March 10, 2009
Dunn encourages screening for medical condition that took his mother's life
Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn appeared today on the floor of Congress to increase awareness of Deep-Vein Thrombosis (DVT), the condition that took the life of his mother, and to support the work of the Coalition to Prevent DVT.

March 9, 2009
Stockpiled sandbags, better communication and faster cleanup top County Council's response
to future floods

"The major flood event of January taught us some hard lessons. Although King County did some things right, we discovered weaknesses in our response that this legislation works to address. I am confident the adoption of these measures will help us serve citizens better during future floods."

March 9, 2009
Council waives landfill fees for victims of illegal dumping
"Allowing victims of illegal dumping to clean up without having to pay the fees will empower people to keep their neighborhoods clear of garbage and discourage more dumping. It's a fair incentive offered by the County to enable citizens to help keep their community clean."

March 4, 2009
King County Councilmembers praise court victory against rural clearing limits in the Critical Areas Ordinance
"It is clear that an overly restrictive, one-size-fits-all approach to land use regulation is bad policy. I opposed the legislation before, and I look forward to the opportunity to create new policy addressing critical areas that acknowledges unique situations."

February 23, 2009
Enumclaw takes control of King County Fair
"I commend the city for stepping up to the plate and putting the Fair on with a very short lead time. The citizens of Enumclaw spoke out when the Executive tried to cut the Fair and now they are leading the way again. We will use this year to figure out how the fair can be sustainable into the future."

February 10, 2009
Dunn introduces package of flood response reform legislation
Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn today introduced a package of four reforms to address flood response and recovery issues identified in last month's devastating flooding.

February 2, 2009
Sale of Summit Pit clears way for open space, trails, housing and new roads facility
"With the sale of the 'Donut Hole' behind us, we can now focus on the most important details of how this development will come together through joint planning. My amendment to the agreement today ensures that the developer has the option of preserving conservation lands around the city of Maple Valley. It is important to the citizens of my community that they receive a benefit from the impacts of this development."

January 28, 2009
County Councilmembers form suburban caucus
"There are many issues where geography plays an important role in our decision making process. If we want to truly make the transition to nonpartisanship, I think it's important that we begin to change how we talk to each other."

January 26, 2009
Free flood debris disposal extended
"The residents in flood ravaged King County should expect the County to support them in times of natural disaster."

January 13, 2009
Dunn to chair County Council's new Government Accountability and Oversight Committee
"With the county in financial distress, the GAO Committee has a real opportunity to make King County more efficient and save the taxpayer's money."

November 24, 2008
Come to the fair: Council restores King County Fair for 2009, looks toward future
"The fair should never have been cancelled. It represents our heritage and our future. This event first started during the Civil War. The 4-H kids who show their animals at the fair every year learn valuable lessons that serve them and us well for the rest of their lives. I'm pleased that the Council agreed with me that it had to be saved."

November 24, 2008
Dunn's priorities for 2009 County Budget: fiscal discipline and law enforcement
"We moved the ball forward today towards a more fiscally sound general fund. By not spending all of our reserves, we left the budget in a better position for what could be a very difficult 2010."

November 17, 2008
Councilmembers call for task force to find ways to sustain the King County Fair, should it be saved in 2009 budget
"We will engage local stakeholders, community leaders and fair experts to revive the fair. With the right people at the table, I'm confident that we can develop a plan to revitalize this cherished event."

November 14, 2008
Major public safety, construction and repair projects are completed ahead of schedule
"While the Flood District has accomplished a great deal this year, we're already thinking about 2009. We want to ensure that the county continues to meet our targeted deadlines and make the safety improvements necessary to protect people, homes and commerce."

October 27, 2008
Statement from County Council leadership on unpaid employee furlough
We believe that as elected officials we need to make the same personal sacrifices that we are asking of our valued County employees.

October 27, 2008
"Extinction is not an option" in fight to save Puget Sound orcas and salmon
"We have a duty to ourselves and our children to restore our salmon populations. After all, the health of our salmon determines the environmental health of our county."

October 23, 2008
Dunn calls for cap on spending and creation of rainy-day reserve fund
"With the economy in crisis and with the already high tax burden on our citizens, I am unwilling to tax people any more. In the last three years, King County has enacted nine different tax increases. Enough is enough."

October 20, 2008
Crackdown on illegal dumping: County Council holds dumpers financially responsible
"Illegal dumping is a serious problem for public health and safety. It's also a significant source of environmental damage. We will now have new tools for catching those who would put our citizens at risk."

October 6, 2008
Dunn puts district first in votes on King County Comprehensive Plan update
"My district has a large swath of unincorporated King County. Some of the most controversial questions directly affect my constituents. I put the best interest of the citizens in my district first when deciding how to vote."

October 6, 2008
Dunn and Sims propose waiving the landfill fees for victims of illegal dumping
"We know we can't catch everyone who breaks the law, so we need to help the victims--especially those victims that can't afford the cost of disposing of the trash that someone else dumped on their property."

October 5, 2008
Councilmembers call for King County to get out of the business of operating animal shelters
"We need to find a better solution for sheltering animals in King County."

September 29, 2008
Issaquah-Hobart Road study gets go-ahead
"I am pleased that we can finally get to work on studying the congestion and safety issues on the Issaquah-Hobart Road. The road continues to get more congested, which is affecting our quality of life and the safety of our community."

September 22, 2008
County Council recognizes Purple Light Nights against domestic violence
"This group is raising awareness and sending a message that domestic violence will not be tolerated in our Community. Purple Light Nights is an innovative way to raise awareness and give strength to victims."

August 21, 2008
Getting tough on illegal dumping: Dunn introduces legislation to strengthen current dumping laws
"As a resident of rural King County, I see the evidence of illegal dumping every day. This law will make people think twice before they dump garbage on our roads or property."

July 28, 2008
Greater cooperation, safer neighborhoods: Council adopts Dunn Drug House Legislation
"This legislation will go a long way towards strengthening cooperation between property owners, tenants, and the County to ensure safer neighborhoods for law-abiding citizens."

July 22, 2008
Crews racing to complete emergency levee repairs before winter
"A lot of them were constructed years ago by farmers to protect their crops. Now these levees are being expected to protect hundreds of millions of dollars invested in homes, businesses, public buildings and roads. We need to do more to maintain and improve them."

July 10, 2008
Council Republicans call for repeal of Critical Area Ordinance's rural area clearing limits
"My colleagues and I urge the Council to act on this, thereby saving our county taxpayers two more years of unnecessary legal bills."

July 7 2008
County Council Republicans hail court reversal of Critical Areas Ordinance
"The CAO was a blunt instrument used to strip King County residents of their property rights. Today's ruling is a vindication for families who are struggling under the weight of these onerous regulations."

June 20, 2008
Board of Health acts to reduce risk of groundwater and shorelines contamination
"Protecting our shorelines is critical in ensuring toxins don't contaminate our shellfish and other marine life. As food prices increase, we must make sure we protect our local sources of water and food."

June 18, 2008
Dunn partners with Wal-Mart to save K-9 Unit
"I am pleased that Wal-Mart decided to fund this important program and has chosen to be such a good community partner."

June 9, 2008
Council calls for study of unintended consequences of using biofuel
"I sponsored this legislation because I believe we need to find out if biodiesel is actually delivering on the promises of reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout its full life cycle - from the soil to the gas tank. If it's not, then there is no sense in spending money that could be funding additional bus service or offsetting the impacts of increasing gas prices."

June 9, 2008
Council receives recommendations on protecting personal information of King County citizens
"As our society becomes more dependent on the Internet for information, I'm hopeful that this committee will help King County maintain an appropriate balance between access and protection of personal information in the years to come."

May 27, 2008
County Council confirms members of advisory committee on permitting
"County permitting is often a long, complex process that is challenging for working class families. Making our rules more transparent will lead to faster, more efficient permitting and reduce costs for everyone. I'm confident this Committee will find ways to improve the financial bottom line for families who are building or improving their homes."

May 8, 2008
Dunn calls for study to examine potentially harmful biofuel impacts
"Half the world is starving and we are burning food in our gas tanks. We need to rethink this policy and examine all of the consequences."

May 5, 2008
Council preserves options for rail and trail in historic agreement with Port to bring Eastside Rail Corridor into public ownership
"This is a historic day for the future of the Eastside. We had an opportunity to keep the corridor in public ownership and with final action by the Port we will have done it. At the same time, we were able to maintain our commitment to rails and trails."

May 5, 2008
Dunn expands bus service to SE King County
"Many citizens in Southeast King County want to take the bus but they just don't have any options. Now they have a few more."

May 5, 2008
County Council calls for rebid of federal tanker contract
"We have the best aerospace company in the world located right here in the United States. Boeing has the expertise and the experience to build tankers and they should get a fair opportunity to bid for a new contract. It's too important for our national defense and our economy to let this go."

April 28, 2008
Council backs affordable workforce housing in Renton, Kent and Burien
"The increasing cost of land, construction, and complex regulations have made housing affordability a top issue in this county. I am committed to helping residents, particularly seniors and those with low incomes, keep their homes in these challenging economic times."

April 9, 2008
"Misguided land-use regulations push middle class out of King County" --Seattle Times OpEd by Councilmember Reagan Dunn, Russell Hokanson and Samuel L. Anderson
"If we don't act soon, we know where this road will lead us. In the Bay Area, median home prices have soared to $850,000, with San Francisco leading the way as the most-regulated metropolitan city in the United States. Seattle is not far behind at No. 6. When it comes to the most-regulated states, Washington ranks No. 7 -- even more restrictive than California at No. 9."

April 3, 2008
Dunn Completes Annual District Swing
"The people I represent on the Council live in an area that is larger than the state of Rhode Island, with interests and concerns as varied as the communities in which they live. To best serve those communities, it is vital to build relationships and have open channels of communication with community leaders. They are the local representatives for the residents of District 9, and they provide me with valuable information on how I can work with them on a regional level."

March 24, 2008
More bus service on major routes throughout the county thanks to new transit partnerships
"The partnership program is an innovative way to involve businesses, cities and the broader community to expand our transportation system. With the amazing ridership growth we have witnessed in the past few years, there will be a definite need for more resources in the years to come."

Feb. 29, 2008
"Tax transparency" is in the mail
"King County collects taxes for hundreds of local taxing districts. Property owners can now have the convenience of paying their taxes through their mortgage and have a better understanding of all the services they are paying for."

Feb. 19, 2008
Lindbergh Community Pool transferred to Renton School District
The incorporation of the Benson Hill community into the city of Renton continued with unanimous approval by the King County Council of an agreement transferring the Lindbergh Community Pool--also known as the Renton Pool-- from King County to the Renton School District.

Jan. 28, 2008
Dunn Applauds "Donut Hole" Decision
"Now is the time to bring Maple Valley to the table"

Jan. 25, 2008
Noted legislator and coal miner Abe Morris honored at grand opening of new Chinook Building
"Through hard work and the admiration of his colleagues, Abe Morris grew to be the most respected mining official in his day .It is an honor to be able to name the 9th floor of the county's new building after this true pioneer from District 9."

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