Writer supports David Irons
October 3, 2008 · Updated 2:06 AM
I am pleased that David Irons will be our King County Council
representative (yes, I'm aware there's a so-called campaign being waged,
but nothing I've read has convinced me this is a serious candidate with a
well thought out or genuine desire to serve our community).
The community elected David, and I know he's gratified by the
support shown for his fine qualifications. I just want to give thanks to him
for stepping forward to run for the office, in spite of what it's meant to his
I've had the pleasure of working with David for the past eight years
as he's served on the Issaquah School Board. As secretary to the board
for the past 20-plus years, I have observed many board members in many
David has always shown himself to be a serious and thoughtful
board member. He does his homework, reading volumes of background
material sent out prior to meetings. He calls when he has questions, and he
pushes staff for additional information if he needs it before making a decision.
When David disagrees with a recommendation, suggestion, or the
opinion of a fellow board member, he always does so with respect and
explains the rationale for his position. He isn't afraid of being the lone dissenter,
but when he finds himself in that position, it's the result of careful
deliberation, thoughtful discussion and consideration of the input he's sought and
received from staff and members of the community.
He's a fiscal conservative. He personally led the district to a tax
savings of about $200,000 to replace the worn out football field at Issaquah
High School. David pushed for more study, delayed voting, and risked the
anger of football fans if the installation took the field out of service for
practice. The result: a less expensive, but safer and better field in every way.
That's just one example of how David's courage and caring have served us well.
So thanks, David. I'm sure you'll do an excellent job on the King
Lorraine Swanson Morton