Federal Way Mirror Editorial Board Endorses Mark Koppang
For Federal Way City Council Position 5, the Mirror endorses Mark Koppang.
Koppang has prepared himself well for a seat on the council through all of his involvement. He was chair of the Federal Way school district’s Citizens Superintendent Search Committee, and is currently chair of the Parks & Recreation Commission, chair of the Independent Salary Commission, and current member and former chair of the Civil Service Commission.
Koppang will be valuable to Federal Way residents as he vows to focus on bringing family wage jobs to Federal Way. He is determined, well-organized and has shown a strong commitment to service, which will serve the city well. For City Council Position 5, the Mirror recommends voting for Koppang.
The 2015 Municipal League Candidate Rating are out and Mark Koppang is rated VERY GOOD!!
2015 Municipal League Candidate Ratings are out and Mark Koppang is rated VERY GOOD!
In June the Municipal League conducted its annual review of candidates for local office in King County. This year’s committee’s rated over 80 candidates running for local office. Mark is appreciative of the dedicated volunteers who make the Municipal League the valued independent evaluator of candidates voters can look to when making their decisions about who is best qualified to serve.
About the Municipal League Ratings
While the Municipal League Ratings are not endorsements they are informed assessments of each candidate’s potential to be effective in office as well as their ability to serve the community. The ratings are based on a questionnaire completed by each candidate, a thorough background check, and phone interviews of each candidates chosen supporters. The evaluation is concluded with a half hour panel interview at the conclusion of the process. The ratings are as follows:
Outstanding – Has made numerous outstanding contributions requiring skills related to the office, is a path-finding and respected leader, brings knowledge and creativity to issues facing the office.
Very Good – Makes significant contributions, is a skilled builder of consensus, inspires confidence in the way they would serve, is thorough and attentive to issues.
Good – Has been active and effective in many roles, is capable of moving people to productive action, has strong record of participation in problem solving, shows satisfactory commitment to tackling issues.
Adequate – Has a record of participation and interest, is effective on specific issues, has provoked questions about suitability as an office holder, will need significant time/energy to fill gaps in knowledge.
Not Qualified – Doesn’t appear engaged, has a record that casts doubt on ability to be productive, hasn’t demonstrated ability to deal with responsibilities of office, has narrow focus, inflexible attitude or is otherwise troubling.
Insufficient Information – when the CEC determines, after diligent investigation, that it has no more information about the candidate than an uninformed voter would have. A candidate who fails to complete a candidate questionnaire or is not interviewed or both may still be rated when the Committee has obtained information about the candidate through its other sources of information.
How did the rest of the Candidates Rate?
Mark was one of only two candidates in the Federal Way city council races to be rated Very Good. With the exception of council member Dini Duclos, who was rated Outstanding, the remainder of the candidates were rated Good, Adequate, or Not Qualified. To see the candidate ratings yourself you can go to: http://www.munileagueratings.org/2015-candidate-ratings/