Here are six reasons I am voting to re-elect Mayor Larson.
1. Mayor Larson managed to get the I90/SR 18 transportation project moved up on WSDOT’s schedule. He could do so because of the in-roads he has developed on many levels throughout Washington State.
2. As former finance director (1996-2010) for the city of North Bend, I’ve reviewed the city’s financial statements and found them fiscally healthy and accurate. The city has a balanced budget and adequate reserves. Larson and the city council run a fiscally conservative city.
3. Our town is beautiful! From the redeveloped historical downtown to the Community Park on Snoqualmie Ridge, projects are beautifully executed. Because of Larson’s background in architectural design, I’d bet there is a connection.
4. Cities that have continuity perform best. The learning curve for mayors is steep, especially since the 1990 Growth Management Act. Equally challenging is the daunting task of funding and constructing transportation projects. The next mayor may be working with all new council members after the November election.
5. Mayor Larson has held the line on growth to previously approved development, including Snoqualmie Ridge. He said the unapproved 55+ community proposal submitted for annexation would be subject to public hearings as required and as good policy.
6. Last but not least, Mayor Larson has integrity. During his 12 years of service, I have not heard of any missteps, public or personal. Mayor Larson has executed his vision of the town he wants to live in and we have all benefited.
Elena Montgomery, Snoqualmie
Former North Bend Finance Director