Sullivan, Labert vie for spot on council

KING COUNTY - Two longtime Redmond residents with two very different backgrounds are facing off in the race for King County Council District 3.

Kathy Lambert, a Republican state legislator, has opted to give up her seat in the House if she is able to defeat her Democratic opponent, Kristy Sullivan.

Sullivan, a Snoqualmie Valley School District Board of Directors member, entered the race after Republican Louise Miller announced her retirement from the position earlier this year.

The district is home to about 135,000 people living in Redmond, Woodinville, Kingsgate, Duvall, Carnation, Skykomish and unincorporated areas of the Snoqualmie Valley.

Lambert led Sullivan in the primary race, capturing about 64 percent of the total vote.


Age: 48

Hometown: Redmond

Occupation: State representative and substitute teacher.

Education: Bachelor's degree in business education, University of Washington, 1984. Teaching credentials, UW, 1984.

Political experience: Serving her seventh year as the state representative for District 45. Served as the chairwoman of the criminal justice task force committee for the American Legislative Exchange Council. Served as vice chairwoman for the state judiciary committee and co-chairwoman of the joint administrative rules review committee.

Family: Married. Six grown children - including two stepchildren and two foster children.

Web page: www.

Campaign number: (425) 861-7725.

* How would you improve traffic on King County freeways?

"The most important thing is to increase capacity," Lambert said. "We've only added 46 new lane miles in the state in the last 10 years."

Lambert wants to see more lanes added to Interstate 405, and acquisition of private land now in planning for future freeways.

The council needs to look at giving residents a variety of options to get to work, but it also must address the choke points, including Interstate 405 at Highway 167 and Willows Road and Northeast 124th Street, she said.

* What would you suggest as a way to lower crime in our area?

Lambert wants the county to go after methamphetamine labs, and make King County a meth-free zone.

"If we reduce the production of meth, we will decrease crime," she said.

Lambert also wants to see an expansion of the drug courts, and more efficiency in the court system to cut costs and put the money into programs that serve at-risk youth.


Age: 48

Occupation: Former director of development for Friends of Youth

Education: Master's of education in guidance and counseling, City University, 1994. Bachelor's degree in social sciences, Antioch University, 1991.

Political experience: Five years on the Snoqualmie Valley School Board.

Family: Single. Two teen-age children.

Web page:

Campaign number: (425) 425-880-4280

* How would you improve traffic on King County freeways?

"We need to prioritize construction and get the most congested areas fixed first," Sullivan said. "We also need to limit development where congestion is already unacceptable."

Development on the Sammamish Plateau should be limited until residents get relief from the booming traffic congestion, she said.

Sullivan also supports expanding and improving bus services and park-and-ride facilities to the Eastside.

"We need to make sure transit money raised on the Eastside is spent on the Eastside," she said.

* What would you suggest as a way to lower crime in our area?

"I like the idea of community policing," Sullivan said.

She praised the school resource officer program that aims to connect students with their local police officers.

"We need more of that kind of policing," Sullivan said.

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