Lambert’s flyer depicting her opponent, Sarah Perry, as a “socialist puppet” (tweeted by KC Councilmember Girmay Zahilay)

Lambert’s flyer depicting her opponent, Sarah Perry, as a “socialist puppet” (tweeted by KC Councilmember Girmay Zahilay)

North Bend mayor, Snoqualmie councilmember condemn county councilmember in joint-statement

North Bend Mayor Rob McFarland and Snoqualmie Councilmember James Mayhew, alongside three other councilmembers, have issued a joint-statement condemning a political flyer mailed by King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert, that has been widely criticized for being racist, antisemitic and divisive.

The flyer contains an image of Lambert’s Democratic opponent, Sarah Perry, as a puppet being controlled by Senator Bernie Sanders, Vice President Kamala Harris, Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, and Lambert’s King County Council colleague Girmay Zahilay. The flyer accuses Perry of being a “socialist puppet” controlled by these politicians of color.

“I do not know why she chose to use that term,” Perry said, as she doesn’t identify as a socialist.

Perry and Lambert are currently competing for the district 3 position on the King County Council, which represents residents in the Snoqualmie Valley. Lambert did not respond to requests for comment despite multiple calls and emails to her campaign office.

Lambert’s flyer has already been condemned by King County Executive Dow Constantine, State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, and several members of the county council. King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay, who was depicted as puppeteering the strings on Perry’s back, also found issue with the flyer, accusing Lambert’s campaign of fear-mongering. Zahilay endorsed Perry for Lambert’s District 3 seat.

“Some might say it’s because I endorsed her Democratic opponent. Actually 6 of [Councilmember] Lambert’s colleagues endorsed her opponent,” Zahilay tweeted on Oct. 6. “And yet, of those 6, it’s only my face in a big red bowtie and my name in red boogie man letters that she chose to distribute to thousands of voters.”

The full joint-statement can be read below:

“A fundamental responsibility of elected representatives is to serve and respect everyone in their community. We have serious issues to address to keep our communities healthy and safe and must stand united against divisive ideological politics. We were saddened and dismayed that county council incumbent Kathy Lambert not only sent offensive mailers about her opponent but also did not take responsibility when the harm of this message was shown. We believe hyper partisan attacks have no place in our elections and most certainly not in governing. The incumbent has lost sight of this fundamental responsibility and it’s time for her to step aside. We encourage voters to demand their elected officials work with leaders from all backgrounds, as Kathy’s opponent has pledged to do, and therefore endorse Sarah Perry for King County Council.”

The statement was signed by: North Bend Mayor Rob McFarland, Snoqualmie Councilmember James Mayhew, Carnation Councilmember Tim Harris and Issaquah Councilmembers Tola Marts and Chris Reh.




In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@valleyrecord.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.valleyrecord.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in News

Screenshot
Issaquah and Bellevue police chase ends with stolen car in river

The two suspects have been arrested and are awaiting charges with King County.

Rob Wotton. Courtesy photo.
Rob Wotton named new member of Snoqualmie Council

The Snoqualmie City Council unanimously appointed Rob Wotton as its newest council… Continue reading

During a news conference Thursday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee explains the deployment of the National Guard to hospitals to assist with the coronavirus surge. (TVW) 20220113
Surgeries paused, National Guard deployed to assist hospitals

King County health officials say 1 in 7 ICU and acute-care hospital beds are occupied by a COVID patient.

Screenshot from City of Kent Facebook Page
Trash piles up in King County neighborhoods after agency postpones service for weeks

Collection company initially cited weather as the reason, but now a strike interferes.

Screenshot from King County Council meeting
King County Council approves new leadership, committee structure and assignments

The leadership positions and committee assignments will last through 2022.

Authorities search for 6-year-old boy and woman along the Snoqualmie River near Fall City. Photo courtesy of Eastside Fire & Rescue.
Body of 6-year-old recovered from Snoqualmie River

Authorities have recovered the body of a 6 year-old boy from the… Continue reading

Crop
WSDOT finalizing study on SR 202 improvements near Fall City

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is finalizing two studies of… Continue reading

File photo
Widespread burnout among healthcare workers prompts change at hospitals

Healthcare workers unions are supporting HB 1868 and companion bill SB 5715.

Most Read