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2016 – News about Councilmember Reagan Dunn

View 2016 press releases from Councilmember Dunn.

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.