Karin Blakley seeks to aid city with methodical problem solving

September 3, 2009

By Tim Pfarr

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Karin Blakley has lived in Newcastle for 15 years, volunteering with organizations such as the Hazelwood PTSA, the Lake Washington Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association and Easter Seals Washington.
She was also a founding member of Eastside Transportation Choices coalition, and she said she now looks to bring her skills to the City Council.
Blakley graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in communications in 1981, and since then she has worked in advertising, sales and management.
“I’ve managed, hired and fired people,” she said. “I’m running because I really want to see Newcastle prosper.”
Blakley also ran for City Council in 1999, but incumbent Pam Lee defeated her by 57 votes.
Blakley is a former resident of Renton, and she lived near the border between Newcastle and Renton when Newcastle incorporated in 1994. She lived where Southeast 74th Street is now.
She said her area faced problems with mail delivery and road maintenance, so she spearheaded a campaign to get her neighborhood un-annexed by Renton and annexed by Newcastle. To do this, she said she her neighbors petitioned, and she developed relationships with the Renton and Newcastle city councils. Blakley and her neighbors became Newcastle residents in the late 1990s.
If elected, Blakley said she would work to increase revenue by promoting local purchasing. She also said she is interested in actively seeking businesses to bring to the city’s downtown district, and that she will continue to fight for a unique Newcastle ZIP code.
She also said she will work to collaborate constructively with others on the City Council to make progress as a city.
Blakley said if city officials don’t develop downtown, they would be forced to redevelop its existing neighborhoods or expand to undeveloped areas. She said these alternatives have not been well-received by citizens, and they could fundamentally change the character of Newcastle.
She said developing downtown might be the best way to accommodate growth.
“We know the growth will come,” she said, citing a continual increase in Newcastle’s population.
She also said that Newcastle placing 17th on CNN/Money Magazine’s list of the top 100 small towns in which to live is likely to attract more residents.
Blakley said she is an advocate of developing good relationships with surrounding communities and such relationships are integral when issues, like transportation, are involved, since such issues can affect the city’s neighbors.
She is supportive of Newcastle getting its own library, and she said she supports the King County Library System’s decision to build Newcastle’s library the way it sees fit, whether as a multi-use building or not.
Blakley works as a district manager for Waddell & Reed, which works in financial advising.
She is endorsed by State Sen. Fred Jarrett, State Rep. Judy Clibborn, Newcastle Planning Commission Chair Kandy Schendel, Councilman Dan Hubbell and the King County Chapter of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington State.

Karin Blakley has lived in Newcastle for 15 years, volunteering with organizations such as the Hazelwood PTSA, the Lake Washington Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association and Easter Seals Washington.

She was also a founding member of Eastside Transportation Choices coalition, and she said she now looks to bring her skills to the City Council.

Karin Blakley

Karin Blakley

Blakley graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in communications in 1981, and since then she has worked in advertising, sales and management.

“I’ve managed, hired and fired people,” she said. “I’m running because I really want to see Newcastle prosper.”

Blakley also ran for City Council in 1999, but incumbent Pam Lee defeated her by 57 votes.

Blakley is a former resident of Renton, and she lived near the border between Newcastle and Renton when Newcastle incorporated in 1994. She lived where Southeast 74th Street is now.

She said her area faced problems with mail delivery and road maintenance, so she spearheaded a campaign to get her neighborhood un-annexed by Renton and annexed by Newcastle. To do this, she said she her neighbors petitioned, and she developed relationships with the Renton and Newcastle city councils. Blakley and her neighbors became Newcastle residents in the late 1990s.

If elected, Blakley said she would work to increase revenue by promoting local purchasing. She also said she is interested in actively seeking businesses to bring to the city’s downtown district, and that she will continue to fight for a unique Newcastle ZIP code.

She also said she will work to collaborate constructively with others on the City Council to make progress as a city.

Blakley said if city officials don’t develop downtown, they would be forced to redevelop its existing neighborhoods or expand to undeveloped areas. She said these alternatives have not been well-received by citizens, and they could fundamentally change the character of Newcastle.

She said developing downtown might be the best way to accommodate growth.

“We know the growth will come,” she said, citing a continual increase in Newcastle’s population.

She also said that Newcastle placing 17th on CNN/Money Magazine’s list of the top 100 small towns in which to live is likely to attract more residents.

Blakley said she is an advocate of developing good relationships with surrounding communities and such relationships are integral when issues, like transportation, are involved, since such issues can affect the city’s neighbors.

She is supportive of Newcastle getting its own library, and she said she supports the King County Library System’s decision to build Newcastle’s library the way it sees fit, whether as a multi-use building or not.

Blakley works as a district manager for Waddell & Reed, which works in financial advising.

She is endorsed by State Sen. Fred Jarrett, State Rep. Judy Clibborn, Newcastle Planning Commission Chair Kandy Schendel, Councilman Dan Hubbell and the King County Chapter of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington State.

  • Last book she read: ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ with her 8-year-old son
  • What she does for fun: Spending time with family and friends
  • Best memory from when she was 18: Knowing that she would be living in ‘the big city’ and attending the University of Washington after graduating from high school
  • How her best friends describe her: Highly competent, an excellent leader, a hard-worker, energetic, a good listener, fair, outgoing, considerate, dedicated, creative, community-minded, a devoted mom, family-focused, fun-loving, spontaneous, artistic, an ‘awesome’ friend
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