About this blog

My name is Bill Hirt and I'm a candidate to be a Representative from the 48th district in the Washington State legislature. My candidacy stems from concern the legislature is not properly overseeing the WSDOT and Sound Transit East Link light rail program. I believe East Link will be a disaster for the entire eastside. ST will spend 5-6 billion on a transportation project that will increase, not decrease cross-lake congestion, violates federal environmental laws, devastates a beautiful part of residential Bellevue, creates havoc in Bellevue's central business district, and does absolutely nothing to alleviate congestion on 1-90 and 405. The only winners with East Link are the Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Washington and their labor unions.

This blog is an attempt to get more public awareness of these concerns. Many of the articles are from 3 years of failed efforts to persuade the Bellevue City Council, King County Council, east side legislators, media, and other organizations to stop this debacle. I have no illusions about being elected. My hope is voters from throughout the east side will read of my candidacy and visit this Web site. If they don't find them persuasive I know at least I tried.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Thank You For Your Interest and Support

I want to thank all of you who voted for me.  I know many of the 11,465 votes I received were simply “Republican” and not a result of my blog.  My efforts to use the Voters’ Pamphlet to attract attention to this blog were hindered by the Secretary of State’s office “oversight” in not providing the blog address in the primary election pamphlet.  Still I had over 3000 page views that hopefully contributed to my vote count.  Again my candidacy was never about winning, thus I’m happy to have reached so many and hope my concerns have at least sparked their interest.

As I promised in an earlier blog my intention is to continue with this effort.  I’ve got several ideas for new posts.  However, it’ a little like the question, “If a tree falls in the forest but no one hears it, does it still make a noise?”  I intend to continue the blog making “noise” for my East Link concerns for as long as long is there are viewers to "hear". 

East Link can be stopped.  Hopefully interest will continue until that happens.  If not I'll end the blog with at least the satisfaction of knowing I did everything I could and with firm knowledge I will be vindicated in the end.

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