". . . Public service
as an elected official is a high calling and we need to elect the very
best and capable citizens to conduct public business on our behalf.
In my nearly thirty years around City government, Margaret stands out
a City Councilmember for her hard work, her brains and common sense,
her integrity and courage, her absolute dedication to stewardship in
the broad public interest, and her focus on realistic solutions to
problems. And, she works with her Council colleagues, the Mayor, County
partners to craft enduring, not sound bite, solutions.
"By comparison to much of the politics of today, Margaret .
. . is trustworthy, she listens genuinely, she respects you and me
and cares what we think, she is passionate and consistent in advancing
the public interest, she can make deals to get things done without
ever compromising her integrity, she doesn’t shy from controversy,
and she is up to the hard work it takes to make good and lasting decisions.
Here are a few specific examples of Margaret’s work on the Council
that demonstrate her combination of talent, character, and passion
that I so respect:
- “In the early 1990’s, Seattle’s downtown
retail core was literally dying from business closures and a huge increase
in crime and drug trafficking. I was the Pike Place Market Director
at the time and dealt with the realities of the deterioration on a
daily basis. Margaret chaired the City Council’s Public Safety
Committee and she, Mayor Norm Rice, and City Attorney Mark Sidran
acted swiftly and in unison to enact controversial civility standards
worked to set new standards for acceptable public behavior, to
add bicycle and emphasis patrols in the downtown to rapidly respond
the drug problems, and addressed resources for the homeless through
increased transitional housing and day services. Margaret was a
crucial player in the public responses that helped turn the decline
- “In the mid-1990’s, as Chair of the City Council
Utility and Environmental Management Committee, Margaret studied hard
and became extremely knowledgeable about the complex world of public
power and the energy industry, from a local, regional, and national
perspective. Margaret was a very early and one of the lone voices that
understood the dangers of California-style deregulation and fought
off measures to implement similar deregulation in Washington State.
While City Light could not escape the regional impacts of the California
debacle, it would have been far worse is Washington had adopted California’s
- “Environmental stewardship became a hallmark of Margaret’s
tenure as Chair of the Utility and Environmental Management Committee.
Under her leadership, the City’s Environmental Management
Office was established to help businesses and residents alike conserve
and their record is reflected in reduced bills and managed growth
for thousands of City Light customers. And, Margaret turned the
for environmental stewardship on the City government and introduced
requirements to make the City a practitioner of what we preached.
- “Over the past three years, Margaret has chaired the
Water and Health Committee. Her leadership led to resolution of
decade long disputes with suburban cities to whom Seattle supplied
we moved from fighting with each other to combining our efforts
to ensure a robust water supply and effective salmon recovery programs.
- “In these extremely difficult budget times for State,
County, and City funding, Margaret was the glue for the City’s
partnerships with suburban cities and the County to make public
health and community clinics a top priority in city and state
of her perseverance, hard work, and collaboration, critical core
services to those with no health care coverage was salvaged.
"This is not political rhetoric; these
are accomplishments of which I have personal knowledge and that
is the real thing, the ideal we talk about when we sometimes lament
the state of political affairs.”
Shelly Yapp, Member, UW Board of Regents
Development Director, Seattle Center
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