Benson Wong and Rich Erwin, the two candidates for position 6 on the Mercer Island City Council, made their case to Rotary Club members at an Aug. 27 luncheon at the Mercer Island Community and Events Center.
candidate gave a brief outline of their backgrounds and answered questions on their views of
what they see as the most important issues and priorities that the
Mercer Island community faces: I-90 tolling, a vibrant, thriving,
pedestrian-friendly Town Center; maintaining quality of life on Mercer
Island by safeguarding our parks and open spaces; the parking problem.
Wong, a practicing business lawyer at the Seattle law firm of Keller Rohrback L.L.P.,
has served locally as a Mercer Island Schools Foundation Board member
and President of the Mercer Island Community Fund, as well as on the
boards of several other statewide organizations and associations. He received a number of endorsements from local State Rep Judy Clibborn (D-41), local activist Myra Lupton, former mayor Bryan Cairns, MI School Board Presidents Susan Kaplan and Terry Pottmeyer, and several other former board members and city council members.
Erwin, a Boeing tech, has previously served on the East Bellevue Community Council and Financial Director for the Thrivent East King County charitable board, and currently chairs the Mercer Island Design Commission. Erwin enjoys endorsements from the local 41st District Democrats, Former Sen. Randy Gordon (D-41), former US House candidate Darcy Burner, several current and former city council and school board members, including former mayor Elliot Newman, Councilwman Debbie Bertlin, and school board directors Dave Myerson and Pat Braman,