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Habib has skill to govern from the 'middle' | 48th District race

By Kevin Wallace

Some in the community have found it curious that a Republican like myself would be one of Cyrus Habib’s earliest supporters. I came to know Cyrus through our service together in Bellevue on the Human Services Commission – he as a commissioner and I as the council Liaison – and both of us have been involved with Eastside Pathways, a local nonprofit dedicated to helping each child achieve their potential. From that interaction I have seen his ability to quickly grasp complex problems and come up with innovative and pragmatic solutions.

The only indicator of the fact that Cyrus has been blind since age eight are his trademark sunglasses. He moves past his disability with a grace and intellect that has allowed him to achieve great things despite overwhelming odds. I can’t even find my car keys in the dark. Cyrus, in the dark, graduated from Yale Law School and is now a corporate attorney at one of Seattle’s most prestigious law firms. He is inspirational, and his life experience gives him an important perspective that will be unique in the Legislature.

Cyrus and I are not from the same political party, and we do not agree on every issue, but we agree on several important goals for our state government: reducing traffic congestion, making our education system globally competitive and reducing regulatory burdens so small businesses can create jobs.

If we are to achieve these goals, both Republicans and Democrats must work together to achieve a balanced, common ground consensus – to “govern from the middle.” The Eastside is fortunate to have leaders like Steve Litzow (R), Deb Eddy (D), Rob McKenna (R) and Rodney Tom (D), who have been willing and able to govern from the middle, and I believe Cyrus will do so as well.

Kevin Wallace is a member of the Bellevue City Council

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