The voters of Bellevue’s Ward 1 elected a new voice Tuesday, after seven months without a representative on a City Council that raised property taxes to help close a city budget hole.
Voters chose Steve Carmichael. They rejected Dave Compton, the lone candidate with ties to the political infighting that left them underserved because of the skirmishing between the City Council and mayor over who should serve out an unfinished Council term.
Neither side would bend, so the people of Ward 1 paid the price. Voters spoke loudly about the need to move forward with the people’s business.
Bellevue faces real challenges, from moving to a paid fire department to coping with the impact on local families of the turmoil in Washington. It is time to leave the political acrimony behind and focus on the people the City Council serves, including Ward 1.