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									                                                             The Municipal League of King County
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                                                                           Seattle, WA 98104
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2010 Board of Trustees                                      2010 CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE
Kathy Elias, Co-Chair                                        FOR NON-JUDICIAL CANDIDATES
  Prospect Delta
                                   The Municipal League of King County requests every candidate who participates in the
Gabe Meyer, Co-Chair
Mike Repass, Treasurer
                                   candidate evaluation process submit background information prior to his/her interview with
Laraine Volkman, Secretary
                                   a candidate evaluation committee. The questionnaire is the basis of the League’s research
                                   and interview process. The League’s ratings are non-partisan; they are based on standards of
                                   Involvement, Effectiveness, Character, and Knowledge, all of which have been developed and
Alex Bolton                        refined over the past 98 years.
Deryl Brown-Archie,
  Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
                                   A copy of this questionnaire will be provided to Candidate Evaluation Committee members to
Steve DiJulio,
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                                   help them prepare for your interview. Candidate responses, except the confidential section, will
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  UW Law Student
Mary Gates,                        The Municipal League requests the following materials from candidates. Please check to make
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Ryan Harkins                           Candidate Questionnaire
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  Philanthropy Planning Services       Resume (education, employment, and professional activities)
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  Jensen Roofing
                                       Campaign Materials
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  Office of the Attorney General         Sent by:   x It Email         US Mail        Fax                   Not Sending
Lauren Kuester,                        Constituent Newsletters and other publications
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  Events Chair
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Vanessa Lund
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Matthew Stubbs,
  Candidate Evaluations Chair      Note: Electronically submitted questionnaires are strongly preferred. All materials can be
  Seattle City Light
Nick Verwolf,
                                   emailed to They can be processed and made available on-line far more
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                                   soon as possible in order to allow the committee the greatest amount of time to prepare a
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                                   complete report on your skills and experience.
Greg Wong                          If you have not yet been contacted to schedule an interview, or if you have questions about the
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                                   candidate evaluation program, please contact the League office at 206-622-8333.

Staff                              If you have a disability and require accommodation to participate in the candidate evaluation
Maria Manza
                                   process, please contact the CEC Coordinator at the League office.
  Operations Manager
Brt Sojka
   Candidate Evaluations Coord.
                                        A League volunteer Candidate Investigator is waiting to receive your
                                        questionnaire to begin his or her work. Please complete and return the
                                        questionnaire to the League office at your earliest convenience.

                                        Please have your materials to us no later than June 8, 2010. May
                                        28th is preferred.
                                           2010 Candidate Questionnaire
                                           BASIC CANDIDATE INFORMATION
1. Name as it will appear on the ballot
             First Name                      Middle Initial or Nickname                        Last Name
     Skip                                                                            Priest

2. Office sought (include office, jurisdiction, position/district number):
     Mayor--City of Federal Way
3. Are you the incumbent? The City is electing its Mayor for the first time.

4. How long have you resided in this district/city?
     22 years
5. How long have you resided in King County?
     25 years
6. Is the office sought partisan or nonpartisan?               Partisan   x Nonpartisan
7. If partisan, please indicate party:
                                                 CAMPAIGN CONTACTS

     Campaign Name:                 Skip Priest for Mayor

     Address:                       P.O. Box 23237

     City/State/Zip:                Federal Way, Washington 98093

     Campaign Phone:                206-510-7810

     Campaign Fax:                  253-661-6628

     Campaign E-mail:     

     Campaign Website:    
                                               POLITICAL BACKGROUND
1. Beginning with the most recent position, please list public offices you have held. Include positions on
   appointive boards or commissions.
                Public Office                   Elective or        Dates Held          Leadership Role (if any)
     State Representative--30th District     Elective            1/1/2003--present   See attached list of current
                                                                                     legislative responsibilities on
                                                                                     resume. Not shown--Ranking
                                                                                     Member, Judiciary Committee

     Federal Way City Council                Elective            1/1/1992--          Mayor--1996-1997

2. If you ran for public office but were not elected, please list those races below:
                                           Office Title                                            Year of Run

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     State Senate--30th District                               1994

     State Representative--30th District                       1998

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    In this section, we are seeking responses that reflect the four ratings criteria: involvement, effectiveness,
    character, and knowledge. These are defined as follows:
         Involvement: What has the candidate done previously in family, neighborhood, community, volunteer
          work, employment or public life to suggest readiness to accomplish challenging objectives? How do
          these activities demonstrate readiness for the challenges unique to the office sought?
         Effectiveness: Has the candidate demonstrated promise of being productive in the office sought? Has
          the candidate shown the ability to work with other people?
         Character: Do the candidate's personal traits show the ability to take on the responsibilities of
          campaigning for and holding the public office she or he is seeking? Is the candidate a leader,
          participant or observer? Is the candidate trustworthy, reliable and candid?
         Knowledge: Has the candidate demonstrated the willingness and ability to learn and adapt? Does the
          candidate understand the duties and challenges of the office sought? Does the candidate have a firm
          grasp of the issues important to his or her constituency and their potential effects?

    1. In one page or less, why are you running for this office? (Note: the interview committee will be given a copy
       of this statement before your interview; at the beginning of your interview you will have the opportunity to
       expand on this statement in any way you wish.)

        It should come as no surprise to members of the Municipal League that I have a passion for
        the City of Federal Way. For over 20 years, I've worked with many others to improve the
        quality of life for those who live in our community. The citizens of our city have now decided
        that Federal Way's mayor should be elected rather than chosen by members of the Council.
        It comes at a time when our city, like many suburban communities around the state and the
        country, is at a crossroads. Demand for essential services is increasing while revenues are
        decreasing. Strong leadership will be necessary to ensure that the city continues to achieve
        its vision of being a quality place to work, live and play. Given my extensive management
        experience, city involvement, and legislative background, I believe I can effectively provide
        that leadership.

        A legitimate question can and is being asked of me, "Given your success in the legislature,
        why are you now seeking the position of Federal Way mayor." A friend of mine when asked a
        similar question responded that in life "you learn, you lead, you leave." I've been extremely
        fortunate over the last eight years to learn first-hand about many of the challenges facing our
        state and local communities and take a leading role in developing effective strategies to help
        address them. From my first year in 2003 when I served on the Boeing Task Force; to my
        successful efforts to author comprehensive auto theft and sex predator legislation; to my
        recent work with Rep. Pat Sullivan in the area of education funding and reform; I've had a
        wonderful chance to both learn and lead.

        Now with the sizable challenges facing Federal Way, it's time to take these lessons back to
        the community and provide effective hands-on problem solving to the problems facing the
        city. To quote my campaign walking piece, "My heart has always been in local government
        and improving our community. As Mayor, you can expect the same dedication to our city as I
        have always given as your State Representative."

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    2. Describe your most important personal characteristics or traits as they relate to the office you seek.

     I believe that I share three basic traits with other effective leaders. These are courage of
     conviction, integrity of purpose, and tenacity. Just as importantly, I also am very aware of the
     importance of the word--we. Many years ago, I was extremely fortunate to have a mentor who
     taught me the management skills necessary for success at the highest levels of American
     business. His message was simple. When you succeed in your goals always share that
     success with those who work with you through the use of the term we. Only when you fail do
     you use the word I--because a true leader recognizes that it is his or her responsibility if goals
     are not achieved. It is an approach that I have found translates equally well in either the
     business or public arena.

    3. Please describe, in sufficient detail, one to three accomplishments or contributions of which you are most
       proud. These examples should illustrate skills and capabilities you think apply to the office you are seeking.
       These accomplishments may have occurred at any time in your personal, professional, or public life.

     Throughout my career I've had the opportunity to "learn and lead" in a number of areas that
     provide me with the experience necessary to effectively manage the city operations of Federal
     Way. As suggested above, these include relevant successes in the areas of business and
     organization management, city involvement, and legislative initiatives.

     Business and Organization Management. The new mayor of Federal Way will have day-to-day
     responsibility for a $40 million operating budget and a staff of 330 employees. This will
     require significant management experience. As a young executive at American Express
     Company in New York City, I was blessed to work for the Vice Chairman of American Express,
     a former Chief Financial Officer at General Electric. During that tenure I was trained in the
     "GE" way of management--a management approach year in and year out recognized as one of
     the best in the nation. I was later successful in using these skills while starting Glacier Park
     Company (Burlington Northern's commercial real estate division) as well as my own
     businesses--Y Pay Mor Cleaners in Federal Way and Sportswear Services in Fife. The
     experiences ranged from overseeing a real estate development portfolio of over $500 million
     at Glacier Park to working with over 300 of my own employees at Sportswear Services.

     City Involvement. Much like when it incorporated in February of 1990, the city of Federal Way
     today is at a crossroads. Significant decisions need to be made, including the potential
     redevelopment of the downtown. When I was first elected to the City Council in 1992, I was
     very fortunate to have two friends and mentors. The first was Representative Maryann
     Mitchell--the "mother" of Federal Way. She helped us all understand the importance of both
     city and civic vitality and the necessity of having a passion for improving our community.
     The other was City Manager Ken Nyberg. Ken was of the old school. Rather than studying
     issues to death, Ken made recommendations that the Council acted on. As a result, those of

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     us on the Council made the decisions that today provide the foundation for our city. They
     included developing the city's first true comprehensive plan, rewriting the sign code,
     preparing the plans for Celebration Park and downtown city investment, initiating an award
     winning surface water management program, starting the city's police department to name a
     few. It is not surprising that the city's recently released "Top 20 Accomplishments of
     Cityhood" are dominated by the successes we initiated and achieved in Federal Way's first
     eight years.

     Legislative Initiatives. My goals for over twenty years as a community leader and public
     servant have been to (1) improve our public education system, (2) provide for a quality living
     environment including both public safety and healthy parks and open space and (3) enhance
     both our state and community business climate. Fortunately, over the last eight years, I've
     had the opportunity to provide leadership in all three of these areas. This includes
     sponsoring and authoring major legislation impacting public safety, the environment, early
     learning and k-12 education, and business competitiveness. As I look to move back to a non-
     partisan role, I'm confident that my ability to work across party lines will translate well at the
     local government level.

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    4. Please list or describe current and past activities in the community in which you have acquired skills that
       relate to the office you seek. Include your role in the activity and the year(s) in which you were involved.
       Involvement consists of many areas such as family, neighborhood, community, employment, or public life.

     State Representative--30th District (2003-present)
     Federal Way Mayor/City Council (1992-1997)
     Friends of the Hylebos Board/Advisory Board (2001-present), Member: (1992-present)
     Multi-Service Center Board (2003-present)
     Pacific Harbors Council, B.S.A. Board (1994-present)
     Federal Way School District Construction Oversight Committee (2001-present)
     Chamber of Commerce Advancing Leadership Board/Advisory Board (2001-present)
     St. Francis Hospital Franciscan Fellowship President/Board (1996-present)
     Federal Way Kiwanis Board (2000-2003), Member: (1991-present)

    5. Please describe the duties of the office you seek. Which are the most important duties and why?

     The primary duty of the new Federal Way mayor will be managing a $40 million, 330 employee
     organization. This will require a knowledgeable approach to priority-based budgeting and the
     ability to effectively allocate scarce staff and other resources to achieve the city's vision as
     articulated by the Council and other civic leaders. Just as importantly, the city government
     form is changing from a city manager-council form to an elected mayor-council form. The
     city's first elected mayor will have to work with staff and Council to clarify roles and
     responsibilities with regard to policy and operations of all three legs of the stool as a new
     working relationship is developed.

     The elected mayor will also take a lead role in the area of regional leadership in coordination
     with the current council. The city's ability to participate in regional policy bodies like Sound
     Transit, or the Puget Sound Regional Council, will depend on the mayor's ability to articulate
     the city's goals and needs, while maximizing the value of existing relationships and
     leadership roles created by current council members under the previous form of government.
     This is particularly true in areas such as transportation, public safety and economic
     development where it is critical that the city have an effective unified voice in discussions
     with the state, county and other cities.

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                                  - - - - - CONFIDENTIAL SECTION BEGINS - - - - -
The following information is for League use only. It will not be published on the League’s website.

     Campaign Manager’s Name:                        Skip Priest

     Candidate’s Daytime Phone:                      206-510-7810

     Candidate’s Evening Phone:                      206-510-7810

     Candidate’s VoiceMail/Message:                  206-510-7810

     Candidate’s Fax:                                253-661-6628

     Candidate’s Pager:                              None

This information is for League use only. It will not be published in any format.

If you have not previously provided the League with references, please list references you would like us to
contact who can speak to your involvement, effectiveness, character, and/or knowledge. Please name at least
one from each of the following three categories:

               Name of Colleague                            Daytime Phone                Home Phone

     Rep. Pat Sullivan                              253-740-6772                   253-740-6772

     Dini Duclos--Executive Director,               253-835-7678                   253-874-2871
     King County Multi-Service Center,
     Federal Way City Council, Past
     Board Chair, Federal Way Chamber
     of Commerce.

        Name of Supervisor/Committee                        Daytime Phone                Home Phone

     Tom Murphy--Past Chair,                        253-945-2010                   253-941-9909
     Advancing Leadership Committee,
     Superintendent, Federal Way
     School District

        Name of Employee/Member of a                        Daytime Phone                Home Phone
           Committee You Chaired

     Chris Carrel--Executive Director,              253-347-7057                   253-347-7057
     Friends of the Hylebos

1. Have you ever been arrested?            Yes     x No
   If yes, please explain.

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                                     - - - - - CONFIDENTIAL SECTION ENDS - - - - -

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If at all possible, send your response to the Municipal League electronically as an email attachment, or insert it
into an e-mail message ( Mail and fax numbers are listed below. If the League has not
contacted you to schedule an interview, please call the League office at your earliest convenience.

Don’t forget to send the following to the Municipal League: a resume, a photo, campaign literature, and, if you
are an incumbent, constituent newsletters and other materials. Please use the check-off list on the cover sheet
of this packet to indicate which items you have sent.

          A League volunteer Candidate Investigator is waiting to receive your questionnaire to
          begin his or her work. Please complete and return the questionnaire to the League
          office at your earliest convenience.

          Please have your materials to us no later than June 8, 2010. May 28, 2010 is


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