Thoughtful Greg Taylor needed on City Council | Endorsement
October 6, 2011 · 10:56 AM
Today, the Renton Reporter continues its series of endorsement editorials in three City Council races and the race for a sole position on the Public Hospital District Board of Commissioners. The endorsements are made by our Editorial Board, comprised of Publisher Ellen Morrison, Editor Dean A. Radford and community members Jim Medzegian, Armondo Pavone and Pat Auten. The candidates in each race were interviewed, then the board deliberated before voting. The final endorsement, for the hospital commission race, will appear in the Oct. 14 Renton Reporter.
Greg Taylor brings a wealth of business and community experience to his position on the Renton City Council, where he is known as an active listener and a thoughtful orator.
It’s no wonder that the Municipal League of King County rated him as outstanding, its highest ranking, in his re-election bid for his council Position 4.
The Editorial Board agrees with the Muni League’s assessment and endorses Taylor for re-election.
Taylor’s opponent is Sarah Sanoy-Wright, who has lived in Renton for 20 years. This is her first run for elective office; she describes herself as a citizen politician and is a precinct committee officer.
Sanoy-Wright is spending several weeks in Iraq learning about the people in the northern part of that Middle East country and was unavailable for the Editorial Board interview. She provided answers posed by the Renton Reporter via email.
Sanoy-Wright is not a credible alternative to Taylor.
Taylor has a strong vision for Renton that will serve well the city and its residents today and into the future. It’s clear in his words and actions that he’s on the City Council to serve the people and not Greg Taylor.
He took the lead in an attempt to slow down the council’s approval of an agreement with the King County Library System that in essence led to a decision to build the new libraries. Taylor realized, after receiving dozens of emails, calls and letters, that the community still had unresolved issues about the location of the downtown library.
He wanted to give the public more time to weigh in on the library matter. In this issue and others, he looks for buy in from the public, to increase the chances for success. But the council majority felt the public had been heard.
It’s the same philosophy he followed in his council vote to give West Hill voters a chance to decide whether to annex to Renton.
Taylor is particularly passionate when he talks about Renton’s diversity and how those nationalities and minorities can enrich Renton and the lives of its citizens. He also wants Renton to be proactive in reaching out to those diverse groups, ensuring they have the same business and lifestyle options as everyone else.
Renton City Council, Position 4
• Greg Taylor
Renton City Council, Position 5
• Robin Jones
Renton City Council, Position 7
• Don Persson