Bellevue mayor responds to public outrage over his comment | Letter

Editor’s note: In response to the issue regarding Mayor John Stokes’ comment at the June 13 meeting, the mayor made the following statement during the City Council meeting on June 19:

I would like to address an issue that came up from last week’s Extended Study Session.

I deeply regret that my choice of words, picked up by an open mike, has caused more misunderstanding.

I am sorry that those words did not accurately reflect my optimism about how different voices within our community can work together for the greater good.

I have cleared up the misunderstanding with those involved, and we’re moving forward.

As I’ve said before at many meetings and events, I strongly believe in the City Council vision that “Bellevue Welcomes the World. Our Diversity is Our Strength.”

As your mayor, I aim to listen to residents and work with my fellow council members in order to ensure that the excellent quality of life and high livability we enjoy here in Bellevue remain attainable for all current and future generations.

John Stokes

Bellevue mayor

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