Bellevue parks commissioner Lynne Robinson has announced her candidacy for the Bellevue City Council for Position 6, the seat currently held by longtime Councilman Don Davidson.
Davidson has been on the council since 1984 and has been Bellevue's mayor twice during that time.
Candidate filing week is May 13-17 and the general election is Nov. 5, 2013.
Robinson's campaign offered the following announcement:
Lynne Robinson, a Bellevue Parks commissioner, small business owner, advocate forseniors and a mother of two Bellevue Public Schools students has announced that she will run for Bellevue City Council. She will pursue Position 6, currently held by incumbent Don Davidson.
I am excited for the opportunity to serve the people and businesses of Bellevue on the City Council, said Robinson, who owns a business providing in-home physical therapy care and self-sufficiency counseling to Eastside seniors. “We are a growing, diverse city in need of new energy and perspectives on the Council—and a healthy dose of civility.”
Robinson points to protracted, often bitter debates over voter approved light rail planning, re-development of the Bel-Red corridor, and other issues as wasting time and resources that should be focused on providing basic services, preserving residential neighborhoods and facilitating job growth.
“Divisive behavior on City Council has tarnished our image as a forward thinking city positioned to be a true leader in a growing regional economy,” said Robinson. “We need new leaders committed to great neighborhoods and a vibrant downtown core, leaders who understand that Bellevue can thrive when we recognize ourtrue economic connectivity to other Eastside cities, leaders who appreciate the diversity of people and opinion in our great city. “
Robinson, who enters the campaign with the support of leaders including State Representative Ross Hunter, former Bellevue Planning Director Matt Terry, and Bill Ptacek, King County Library System Director, as well as strong community support, has worked for over a decade to improve the quality of life for all Bellevue families. As Chair, the Bellevue Parks Board achieved a long awaited settlement for a Lake Washington waterfront park, and investments in playfields and playgrounds throughout Bellevue. She also served as Chair of the BellevueNetwork on Aging to improve access to resources for seniors.
To demonstrate her pledge to bring new energy and ideas to the Council, Robinson plans on doorbelling homes in every Bellevue neighborhood throughout the campaign—listening to voters and representing their priorities on the Council.
“I’m in Bellevue neighborhoods every day working with seniors in their homes, kids and families in our parks, and businesses in our downtown and retail centers,” said Robinson. “I look forward to meeting with people at their front doors, sharing ideas and asking how we can unite around a great future for Bellevue.”
Lynne and her husband, a housing and human services professional, live in the Woodridge neighborhood. Their children attended Bellevue Public Schools, and one is currently a graduating senior.
For more information, please visit www.AllInForLynne.com.