We live in a time tempered by tragedy and economic uncertainty.
Today, we are united across our usual divisions. However imperfectly realized, we believe in the promise of America; that all people are created equal, that we are one nation, with liberty and justice for all. We must never give up on
that promise and never give in to terrorism.
My dad came to Seattle to serve in the Coast Guard after Pearl Harbor. That "greatest generation" came together to win the war and then came home to build a better Seattle. We too will meet the challenges of our time.
We're a big city now and we need big city leadership. Tough decisions await us on security, the economy, transportation, housing and the environment. We can recapture what was best about the Seattle I grew up in -- safe streets and parks, great public schools, a transportation system that works, affordable housing, a community that cares about others.
You have a real choice about the kind of leadership you want. As City Attorney for 12 years I managed 175 employees, created a domestic violence prosecution team, prosecuted polluters, got suspended drivers off the road and made
our streets and parks safer. I tackle tough problems by asking questions, listening to what people have to say, and then making a decision. We're not all going to agree about everything. Craving consensus can become a prescription for paralysis. You will know where I stand and that I will take responsibility for getting things done.
Greg Nickels, by contrast, has no management experience, but he has been in charge of Sound Transit finances. He's committed to light rail -- Sound Transit's WPPSS on wheels - now $1.9 billion over budget and years late -- a
project that's already spent $230 million without laying an inch of track. Nickels doesn't mention his role in this debacle. He promises to build light rail and monorail. While I've been saying the next mayor will need to cut the budget, he's making promises he can't pay for. If you have confidence in that kind of leadership, you should vote for him.
Unless and until there is a light rail plan that makes sense, I will fight to redirect funds to pay for better bus service, enhance commuter rail and to build monorail if it proves practical and affordable.
Vote for Mark Sidran -- leadership to get Seattle moving again.