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Graham Street Station: If you live in the 37th district, give Sharon Tomiko Santos a call

Karen Uffelman
Seattle, WA, United States

Feb 7, 2017 — Hi folks,

If you live in the 37th district, you may be interested to learn that one of our representatives, Sharon Tomiko Santos, has just joined forces with seven anti-transit republican reps and sponsored a bill to change the Sound Transit Board from a primarily appointed body to an elected board. What could be wrong with that, you ask? Here's the scoop from Seattle Transit Blog's Zach Shaner:

"O’Ban’s bill would create 19 separate districts within the Sound Transit tax boundary, with direct nonpartisan elections every 2 years for staggered 4-year terms. Anyone could run for the seats, irrespective of transportation industry knowledge or competence, and they would be prohibited from holding other political office. For the sake of two public meetings per month (committee and whole), a prospective board member would need to staff and fund both a primary and general election campaign. While current board members have significant staff support as an in-kind extension of their other political office, O’Ban would cap compensation at $10,000 and presumably have no staff budget at all, leaving board members alone to educate themselves."
- Déjà Vu: State Senator Pitches Direct Election for Sound Transit Board,

We need experienced leadership for Sound Transit by people who understand transportation systems, and the stipulations of Tomiko Santos' co-sponsored bill look to put that in serious jeopardy. Why is she partnering with anti-public transit elected officials on this effort? Please give her a call and ask her to focus on speeding up the timeline for the Graham Street station construction instead of partnering with public transit opponents on misguided bills.

Her office number is (360) 786-7944.

Thanks, everyone!
Karen Uffelman

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