Creighton to Oppose Hague for King County Council

By Erica C. Barnett January 12, 2011

Seattle Port Commissioner John Creighton announced today that he plans to oppose Republican King County Council member Jane Hague this November. Creighton, a resident of Bellevue, has given money to both Republican former President George W. Bush and US Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). In 2009, Creighton's ex-girlfriend took out a restraining order against him, accusing him of harassment and stalking.

Hague has also stirred controversy. In 2007, she was charged with drunk driving and served six months' probation. That same year, she acknowledged she had falsely claimed to have a college degree on her resume.

If he's elected, Creighton said in a statement, he'll push to reduce the size of the county council from nine to seven (until voters passed an initiative shrinking the council in 2004, the council had 13 members), cut council members' pay, pass a ballot measure creating a dedicated funding source to clean up Puget Sound, and "reduce overhead" at Metro.

Creighton did not immediately return a call for more information about his candidacy.
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