Irons vs. Irons for 12th District County Council

About a month ago long-time Issaquah School Board

member looked to be in good shape for the upcoming general election.

He had defeated fellow Republican _ and ten-year veteran

King County councilman - Brian Derdowski in a bitter primary race

for the District 12 seat. With no Democrat challenger for the position,

his election on Nov. 2 was at most a formality.

Then his sister _ and former Derdowski legislative aid _ Di

Irons filed as a write-in candidate under the Democratic banner. Since that Oct.

4 event, the sibling rivalry has become fodder for news programs and

radio talk shows.

For his part, David, Jr., has attempted to avoid questions about

impact on the family, stating at one point that the race was "…a

campaign…this is not about ideology," but it is

well known that family disagrees strongly on the issues, with an emphasis on

the proper approach to development.

Recently even sister Janet Irons got into the fray. In a recent letter

to several local newspapers covering the

12th District, she accused her sister

and parents of "trying to buy this election out from the under the man

who earned it."

She subsequently urged voters vote for David, stating she's

asking "on behalf of those sane members of the Irons family."

However, as with any political race, the contest comes down to

issues. Both say they are opposed to unplanned development and

urban sprawl. In running against Derdowski, David Irons, Jr. said that

his opponent's approach of holding down road and infrastructure

improvements hadn't worked, as witnessed by crowding and congestion in Issaquah.

Di Irons says she's also against rampant growth, but accuses her

older brother of being a tool of developers. In her voter's information guide _

notably, styled to resemble the state's voters pamphlet _ Di Irons stated, "

I couldn't stand by and see our district handed over to developers, by a

tiny minority of voters. Growth must be reasonable and rational. We

cannot allow greed to destroy our quality of life."

An opportunity arose for the two to discuss the issues face to face, or

at least publicly present their platforms to the voters, on Thursday, Oct.

21, when both were invited to appear at a candidate's forum hosted by

the Greater Sammamish Chamber of Commerce in Issaquah.

Unfortunately, David wasn't able to attend and

sent his regrets.

In a short letter read to the participants, he stated, "I am running for

the King County Council. It's time to stop the angry rhetoric, and time to

work together to control growth. Solutions will come when we start working


"I believe people should have a choice," said Di Irons during her

short presentation. "I know King County inside and out. I'm experienced

in King County government and have been involved for the last

several years. Being able to know where to go in the government is very


"We've had so much outside influence from developers. I think

it's time to take the government back."

While the attention of the race has seemingly focused on the

Issaquah area and its issues, Di Irons did address a couple Snoqualmie Valley

concerns following the conclusion of the meeting.

"The flooding you've got in the Valley is serious," she

commented. "They're calling for a 100-year

rainfall this winter, and I think emergency services of King County should be

on their toes and able to respond. All of these developments are contributing

to the problems.

"Another big issue is Grouse Ridge," Irons added. "It brings up

a question of water quality and what is its impact on the aquifer. They

need to address local concerns of noise, traffic and visual impact on the

community. They're also the question of Snoqualmie Tribal lands."

Under normal circumstances, a write-in candidate has little

chance against someone whose name is already on the ballot. However, on

Nov. 2, the voters in district 12 could deliver yet another surprise.

How the outcome will affect the questions of development, the

environment and quality of life, remains to be seen.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus

Read the Oct 19
Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Browse the archives.