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October 25, 2013 [5]


Robinson knows Bellevue best Of all the candidates running for City Council, Lynne Robinson may be the most knowledgeable about Bellevue’s issues and needs. That’s no surprise. On top of various civic affairs, her involvement includes service on both the city’s parks board and Network on Aging. On the campaign trail, she has demonstrated a deep understanding of ongoing Bellevue issues, including light rail, the Meydenbauer Bay Park Plan, Bellevue Youth Theatre and more. While opponent Vandana Slatter has an impressive record of involvement in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, her local civic resume pales in comparison to Robinson's. None of her service has been with Bellevuespecific organizations. I was also deeply disappointed by Slatter's negative labeling of Robinson as "partisan" and a political “insider.” During the primary, she was similarly critical of councilmember Davidson's support from "conservative interests," the very ones which are ironically backing her now. Robinson, meanwhile, is boasting endorsements from an extensive list of known Bellevue leaders, many of whom are familiar with her longstanding involvement in the community. Few candidates get that magnitude of local support. I urge Bellevue residents to vote for Lynne Robinson, a proven civic leader who knows Bellevue best.

Sherwin Lee, Bellevue

Robinson very knowledgeable I am supporting Lynne Robinson for Bellevue City Council because I value her personal investment of years as a volunteer in the broader community and as a member of the Bellevue Parks Board. She brings important experience in city process and leadership to the position. The days have long passed when you can just "walk on" into a seat on the Bellevue Council from your day job– it's no longer just a Monday night gig. I first met Lynne in "Uptown" Bellevue at the Crossroads Shopping Center in my neighborhood. She was very knowledgeable about our community and was extremely well-prepared for my transportation funding questions. In a word, Lynne is "approachable," a quality that speaks to her ability to serve the broader community. Lynne is endorsed by local business and community leaders, past and present members of city boards and commissions, and Bellevue residents from all over the city. I am

proud to add my name to that list.

Pam Toelle, Bellevue

Robinson will bring balance to Bellevue I first became aware of Lynne Robinson when I appeared before the Bellevue park board some years ago. I noticed that she had actually read the input submitted to her (not all that common), listened to the testimony from me and others, asked thoughtful questions, and then let the audience know why she made the decision she made. The city is still growing. Bellevue has had many stewards guiding it from a small semi-rural community into the multi-faceted mid-sized city that it is today. I believe the key guidance needed now is to achieve appropriate balance between competing factions clamoring for attention. Lynne Robinson has the record and life experience I want as a Bellevue city councilmember to help guide us into our future.

Iris Tocher, Bellevue

Trojovsky a problem solver Tracy Trojovsky is a strong candidate for the Bellevue School Board. She has volunteered many hours in the Spiritiridge community over the past six years and has held leadership positions within the PTSA. Tracy is organized, a good listener and problem solver, which will make her a very effective addition to the Bellevue School Board. She has the passion and desire to work together to serve all students in the Bellevue schools.

Leigh Anne Colbert, Bellevue

Thai has vision we need My-Linh Thai combines the insight that comes from school and community involvement with the pragmatic vision that the Bellevue School District will need as we and

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October 25, 2013 edition of the Bellevue Reporter