King County Council candidates discuss Valley’s transit, business, homeless issues

Transportation, small businesses and homelessness were the big topics of discussion at the King County Council District 3 forum on July 16 at Umpqua Bank in North Bend.

The forum, hosted by the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce, is one of the last opportunities for candidates to speak to voters prior to the Aug. 3 primary election. District 3 comprises most of the northeastern part of King County— including Snoqualmie, North Bend and Duvall, and is the largest of the nine council districts.

The incumbent, Kathy Lambert, is seeking her sixth term and has held the third district seat since 2001. She is challenged by telecommunication attorney Joe Cohen and political consulting firm owner Sarah Perry.

This is one of the most competitive races for the District 3 position since Lambert has contested the seat. In her five previous efforts, she ran unopposed in three and handily won the other two, with almost 60% of the vote in each.

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