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David Cook is North Bend's newest council member

NORTH BEND - About a year ago concerned resident David Cook stood outside of area grocery stores and went door to door in an effort to gain signatures for a drive that eventually led to the repeal of a proposed controversial cell-phone ordinance. Beginning in January Cook will bring that zeal for city issues to the comforts of a meeting room when he takes his place on the North Bend City Council.

Cook defeated opponent Terril Perrine, the president of the Safe Kids Task Force, a grassroots organization founded to dissuade the state from placing a controversial sex-offender halfway house near the city earlier this year, by receiving 56 percent of the votes.

The campaign road was paved with a few unexpected bumps, including an anonymous candidate bashing Web site that operated for about two weeks prior to the election. Cook said it was a hard-fought campaign season for all, and with it behind them it's time to work as a team for the good of the city.

"It's time to roll up our sleeves and get things done," said Cook.

Running on a "back-to-basics" platform that cited water, sewer, roads, public safety and economic stability as its cornerstones, Cook said he's ready to take residents' concerns to the council.

The next couple of months prior to his taking the fifth position on the council will be spent attending meetings and talking to current members in an effort to build a cohesive team.

Cook, an Illinois native who moved to the area in 1999 when he took a job with Coldwell Banker in Bellevue, began his foray into local politics in 2002 when he organized a petition drive that collected 880 signatures to gain initiative and referendum rights for residents. That effort led to the dismissal of a proposed law that would've made it illegal to drive and use a cell phone simultaneously within city limits.

Later that year Cook was appointed by Mayor Joan Simpson to participate on the Blue Ribbon Task Force to save the Si View Park and Community Center that was facing an uncertain future when King County announced it was pulling funding for the facility.

In addition to his recent election to the City Council, Cook took on an even bigger task four months ago when he and wife Lisa gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Jillian.

Travis Peterson can be reached at (425) 888-2311 or by e-mail at travis.peterson@valleyrecord.com.

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