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Monday, February 11, 2013

As Expected, King County Council Names Rod Dembowski to Fill Vacant Seat

Posted by on Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 4:38 PM

The King County Council today named Seattle attorney Rod Dembowski to fill the council seat vacated by newly-elected state Attorney General Bob Ferguson. The politically connected Dembowski had been widely expected to receive the nod over the other two finalists, state Representative Cindy Ryu (D-Shoreline) and Shoreline City Council member Will Hall. So, no surprises.

"Growing up in a single parent home in Renton, selling socks at swap meets to pay the bills and getting my healthcare from neighborhood clinics, a day like today seemed all but impossible,” Dembowski said in press release. “But because of our shared investment in health care for the needy, public K-12 education, and a top-notch public University, I was able to attain my dreams of public service..." Blah, blah, blah.

Nothing against Dembowski—he seems like a decent, well qualified council member and all—but the circumstances of his appointment also paint him as the anti-Bob Ferguson of sorts. Whereas Ferguson twice defeated council incumbents (once after redistricting) through hard work and relentless door-belling, Dembowski is a seasoned politico, well practiced in the art of the back room deal, and appointed via the same. No doubt his stint on the county redistricting committee earned him a bit of favor among his new colleagues.

Not that there's anything wrong with that. Back room dealmaking is a crucial political skill. It's just that Dembowski's path to office is strikingly different from that of the man he's replacing. I'm just saying.

Dembowski will defend his seat in the November general election, and while his brief incumbency will prove a big advantage, he should not expect to run unopposed.


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Excellent choice
Posted by Seattle14 on February 11, 2013 at 5:06 PM · Report this
I get your point Goldy, but there was no other choice available.
Posted by Big Dan on February 11, 2013 at 5:16 PM · Report this
@ 2 Thats not true while Rod was the best choice, Cindy Ryu would have been good as well.
Posted by Seattle14 on February 11, 2013 at 5:41 PM · Report this
Indeed, @2. Care to explain how he was the only choice?
Posted by a. nono on February 11, 2013 at 7:08 PM · Report this
the idiot formerly known as kk 5
Good God, Goldy, you can be a dense shithead sometimes. It's an APPOINTMENT. How can you door-bell your way to an APPOINTMENT? There will be plenty of opportunities for all three of them to door-bell their way to the election in November. Let's see if anyone else has the shoe leather in them to do so. Unless you're saying that this 8-month appointment precludes the sheeple of the First District from voting for a door-bellin' fool.
Posted by the idiot formerly known as kk on February 11, 2013 at 8:38 PM · Report this
the idiot formerly known as kk 6
"Dembowski's path to office [through the Foster Pepper law firm] is strikingly different from that of the man he's replacing [through the Preston Gates & Ellis law firm]." Heh.
Posted by the idiot formerly known as kk on February 11, 2013 at 8:42 PM · Report this
roddy 7
Goldy, if you are "just sayin'," you should also note that Ferguson ran well to the right of his first opponent on a platform of shrinking the council size, which benefited Republicans, and opposition to Sound Transit's light rail. Dembowski may have been appointed, as any successor to Ferguson would be, but that doesn't make him non-progressive, as, for instance, Ferguson was. Just sayin'.
Posted by roddy on February 12, 2013 at 7:36 AM · Report this
Dang, I guess I should get myself appointed to the county redistricting commission, next time around. It can result in real career benefits.
Posted by Citizen R on February 12, 2013 at 7:42 AM · Report this
@2 Dembowski was the least qualified candidate for appointment. Explain exactly how he was "the only choice"?
Posted by MisterAdeline on February 12, 2013 at 9:12 AM · Report this

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