Vision Ahead

In his next term, Dow will continue his focus on strengthening King County’s infrastructure – human, natural, and physical – so that our generation lives up to its responsibility to those who came before us, and those who will follow.

 

Human Infrastructure:

In his second term as Executive, Dow will keep working to improve the lives of all King County residents by:

  • Ensuring full implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2014 so that all 180,000 uninsured King County residents make the most of the federal health care reform.
  • Expanding our successful healthy communities work so that every child has a chance to grow up healthy and fulfill his or her potential.
  • Pushing ahead on our region-wide work to end homelessness by getting people housed and addressing the root causes that put them on the streets.
  • Working for regional solutions to education where the state is failing, including forming new alliances with school districts, colleges and universities, and companies that are hiring.
  • Building upon the 2013 Parks Levy, so that all children and families in King County have access to recreation and open space, now and for generations to come.
  • Measuring outcomes to be sure that King County is providing the most service for each dollar spent, and improving processes so that county funded agencies can better fulfill their mission to help individuals, families, seniors, kids, veterans, and small businesses.
  • Ensuring that King County’s 127,000 veterans, and those who will soon return home, get services they need - and have earned - to live full, productive and happy civilian lives.

 

Natural Infrastructure:

In the next four years, Dow will build on his record of environmental stewardship by:

  • Expanding his Green Communities Initiative to help community groups, non-profit organizations, and businesses find low-interest financing for projects that conserve energy and water, and promote environmental sustainability.
  • Innovating to save farms and forests, including through the expanded use of transferred development rights.
  • Restoring our rivers and salmon while providing greater flood protection through comprehensive, multi-jurisdiction efforts.
  • Pushing ahead on cleanup of toxic waste in the Duwamish River and on ending the last remaining combined sewer overflows countywide.
  • Building on King County’s remarkable legacy of 200 parks, 175 miles of regional trails, and 26,000 acres of open space.
  • Strengthening King County’s leadership in the state, nation and world on climate change and green energy.
  • Continuing to protect the county’s mountains, water, forests, and parks that attracted and keep so many of us here, and that so vividly define our region’s high quality of life.

 

Physical Infrastructure:

Dow is committed to re-investing in King County’s physical infrastructure. A growing population just crossing the 2,000,000 mark in this, our nation’s 13th largest county, needs well-functioning roads, buses, trains, sewers, storm water systems, emergency communications, and more.

Moving forward, Dow is:

  • Working with legislative partners to preserve Metro Transit funding and avoid a 17 percent cut to bus service, which would impact 4 of 5 bus riders, and put tens of thousands of cars back on to already congested roads.
  • Leading in the ongoing work to create a seamless and increasingly efficient transit system across multiple jurisdictions, including Sound Transit.
  • Continuing his work with the Legislature to improve freight mobility through strategic road investments to keep King County, the engine of Washington’s economy, strong.
  • Partnering with city officials and state and federal allies to secure funding for bridges and roads that desperately need fixing.
  • Building new flood protection measures that provide higher levels of safety while restoring and enhancing damaged river habitat.
  • Reaching across jurisdictions to establish new strategies for managing stormwater runoff from our streets and buildings – a major threat to Puget Sound.
  • Completing the upgrade of emergency communication systems region-wide.
  • Facilitating the restoration and re-use of historic buildings, and ensuring that buildings old and new can take advantage of technological advances to become more efficient.
  • Continuing the building permit reforms that have increased predictability and customer service for permit applicants in unincorporated King County.