Chamber of Commerce board member to co-write voter pamphlet statements

September 2, 2010

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Newcastle Chamber of Commerce board member John Jensen will serve on teams that will write statements to appear in the November general election voting guide supporting two King County Charter Amendments.

The King County Council appointed the members.

John Jensen

The amendments for which the teams will write statements propose an alteration to the King County Charter’s Preamble and giving the King County sheriff authority to bargain with the King County Police Officers Guild.

In addition to writing the statements, the teams — known as “pro teams,” as they are writing in favor of the amendments — will speak at various forums and possibly interview with organizations that may wish to endorse or oppose the amendments.

The amendment to the preamble makes changes that highlight the county’s importance as the sole service provider in rural areas. On the pro team for that amendment, Jensen will work with King County Councilman Larry Phillips and attorney Allan Munro.

“It’s somewhat symbolic, but it’s meaningful in that it dictates to the council that it’s important,” Jensen said about the preamble amendment.

On the pro team for the amendment aimed at giving the sheriff bargaining powers, Jensen will work with King County Sheriff Sue Rahr and former King County Executive Randy Revelle.

Jensen said he has never been appointed to a pro team before, and to be appointed now was an honor.

In January 2007, King County Councilman Reagan Dunn appointed Jensen to the 21-person Charter Review Commission, which convenes every 10 years to review the King County Charter. Within the commission, he chaired a Rural/Local Services Subcommittee, which earned him his spot on the preamble amendment pro team.

He was named to the bargaining amendment pro team at Rahr’s request, as the two had previously discussed problems associated with the King County sheriff’s lack of bargaining power.

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