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Ken Hearing to seek third term as North Bend mayor
North Bend Mayor Ken Hearing will seek a third term in 2011.
Hearing, a North Bend businessman who has held office since 2004, announced campaign plans during a forum with Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson and Snoqualmie Tribe Administrator Matt Mattson, Friday, Feb. 18, in front of the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Hearing said he had accomplished a lot in the past seven years, by meeting major objectives to get water flowing and end a growth moratorium in the community of roughly 6,000. Also, he has a strong team in place for the future.
"There's more on the horizon," he said, "There's more that can be accomplished, and I'm still up for it."
One factor in his decision to run for re-election was the overwhelmingly positive response to North Bend's fire station bond issue earlier this month. With 73 percent of voters approving the bond, and a 49 percent turnout of city voters, he said "It feels like a message to me that we're doing the right thing."