Hank Thomas: Mayor, Issaquah
Frustrated by the current mayor’s lack of sensible development and transportation planning, Hank Thomas is looking to move from the City Council into the mayor's chair. He believes Issaquah can grow without sacrificing its natural treasures.
Thomas opposes a proposed 1.1-mile city bypass because of the ecological and community damage it will cause. The road would destroy a wetland and require a massive retaining wall that would prevent rainfall from recharging the aquifer that supplies Issaquah with a significant amount of its water. He recognizes that the real solution to local traffic problems is a coherent, coordinated regional plan to manage growth within the urban growth boundary.