LETTER | Impressed with Valderrama

To the Editor:

I endorse Ramiro Valderrama for state legislature for the 45th District covering much of Kirkland, Redmond, Woodinville, Duvall, Sammamish and Issaquah.

The first thing that impressed me about Ramiro occurred several years ago, early in his career as an effective city councilman and Deputy Mayor for Sammamish. The city, county, and state were having a dispute about a lakeside trail. Ramiro showed unusually clear comprehension of the Shoreline Management Act, a statute I used to help administer, especially its unusual balanced mandate split between aquatic/nearshore habitat protection, broader environmental protections including tree cover and the lake, aesthetic protection, public lake access, prioritization of water-related land use, state-level respect for local government decisions, and navigation among other values. Ramiro held the balanced view of the entire Shoreline Act and was able to lead productive discussion and collaboration – not just compromise but seeking resolution with justice – between the city and county and state. More recently, he’s been able to lead that same conflict resolution process with the City, County and State.

The Shoreline Act is representative of the balancing and nonpartisanship that needs to happen in the actual work of being a state Representative, representing both all the citizens of a district, and also the proper principles and interests in the district.

Ramiro has shown himself capable of handling the toughest subjects with skill and results. He will be a great improvement to the Legislature. Mark your ballots for Ramiro Valderrama and send them in this week.

K-Y Su