The Seattle Times editorial dismissing my candidacy as “not credible” is no surprise. I guess that makes us even, because, as many posts on this blog detail (9/05/12, 9/13/12, 10/20/12,11/19/12, 1/06/13, 5/21/13, and 6/25/13) I don’t consider the Times a “credible” newspaper, particularly on transportation issues. I declined their “Candidate Interview” invitation because my experience last year as a legislative candidate convinced me they had no interest in my Sound Transit concerns (6/13/13 Post). My BCC candidacy, like last years legislator filing, is not about getting elected but to use the voters pamphlet to attract attention to this blog.
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.