Dow Constantine (born November 1961) is a local Seattle, Washington state resident, appointed to the King County Council in January 2002. He is a progressive politician and Seattle's King County Executive. Dow graduated in 1980 from West Seattle High School, where he remains an active volunteer. After serving as a legislative intern to 34th District State Sen. Phil Talmadge, he graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in political science. He continued his studies at the UW, earning a law degree in 1989 and a master's degree in urban planning in 1992. As a King County Councilmember, Dow is a supporter of the environment, salmon recovery, and expanding transit mobility.
Dow Constantine is a strong proponent of big-government, higher tax policies. He is also strongly backed by the powerful Service Employees International Union. Susan Hutchison has emphasized a few of the problems that Constantine's policies have created over the years:
|“||With hundreds of millions in projected deficits and critical services on the chopping block, our county's financial house is in disorder. We need a new direction in King County, with new leadership that does not believe the answer to every problem is a new fee or a higher tax.||”|
Dow Constantine has demonstrated a commitment to liberal groups such as Planned Parenthood and is aligned with Planned Parenthood's commitment to providing reproductive healthcare choices for Washington.
Constantine's treasurer, Jason Bennett, worked as a paid staffer to the political campaign. Bennett, in turn Constantine, also appeared to have violated campaign finance reforms that were enacted in 2002; under section 28 for RCW 42.17.020 and WAC 390-05-210, the law forbids a candidate, the candidate's campaign staff or any agent of that campaign, from purchasing advertising for that candidate or against the candidate's opponent. Ads against Susan Hutchison were funded by two SEIU locals, Washington PAC and Washington Machinists Council, both of which also gave a combined $49,606 for pro-Constantine advertising. The smear ads were dubbed as an "independent" campaign against Hutchison; however, as it turned out, the SEIU political action committee has something in common with Constantine's own campaign: treasurer Jason Bennett.
Angie Vogt of Federal Way Mirror filed a complaint with the state Public Disclosure Commission against the campaign of Dow Constantine. No further information has been revealed on the labyrinth of these shady connections.
- Angie Vogt. The trouble with Dow Constantine, Sep 28 2009.
- Keith Ervin. SEIU endorses Constantine, The Seattle Times, July 15, 2009.
- Susan Hutchison to Run for King County Executive, Entrepreneur.com, PRNewswire, April 8, 2009.
- Derek Erwin. Violations Nationwide, Same SEIU Thugs, A 1-In-100 Blogger, November 16, 2009.
- Keith Ervin. Labor unions back county exec candidate Dow Constantine, Seattle Times, August 5, 2009.