I would like to extend a special thank you to Neil Modie of the Seattle P-I for his article published today, "A county underdog with bite". I want to thank him for the depth of coverage he's given to the District 4 race. One of the biggest challenges I have faced while running this race for King County Council is the fact that few of my District 4 neighbors are aware of what King County Council does and how they can use the Council as a resource. In the article Mr. Modie quotes my challenger as saying, "I (Larry Phillips) am focused on this (county) government, representing 1.8 million people. Ed is still stuck on a focus on the city of Seattle". I want to expand upon my short response given in the article. District 4 is located entirely within the city of Seattle. While Councilmember Phillips' uses this statement as a criticism, it actually speaks to my main motivation to serve on the Council. Councilmember Phillips has apparently lost sight of the fact that King County Council members are the only local government resource dedicated to representing the people of King County . Serving on the Council means that Council members must make the citizens of the district a top priority. Seattle City Council is an at-large body and members are not accountable to specific districts. I am running precisely because I feel that my opponent has shifted his focus from representing our neighbors in District 4 to using his seat as a highly partisan tool that keeps King County Council from solving our transit problems, better preparing our young people for careers and community involvement, and improving our District 4 neighbors' access to the Council as a whole.