":The race for Bellevue City Council Position 3 has attracted two strong candidates from the city’s Planning Commission... Stephanie Walter is deeply versed in land-use policy and has well-earned endorsements from affordable-housing supporters..." — Seattle Times
• Kevin Wallace-Former Deputy Mayor
• Jennifer Robertson-City Councilmember and Former Deputy Mayor
• Jared Nieuwenhuis-City Councilmember
• Conrad Lee-City Councilmember, former Bellevue Mayor
• Michelle Hilhorst-former PC Chair
• John DeVadoss-former PC Chair
• John Carlson-former Chair of Planning Commission<
• Betsi Hummer-EBCC Chair
• The Honorable Senator Slade Gorton former US Senator
• Victor H Bishop, P. E., Member and former Chair of the Transportation Commission; Chair Emeritus and Legislative Committee Chair, Eastside Transportation Assc.
• David Elliott; former Chair of Bellevue's Transportation Commission, Chair of ARCH Citizen Advisory Board, Board Member of Eastside Transportation Assc.
• Diane Tebelius-former PC Chair
• Aaron Laing-former PC Chair
• Mohammed Malakoutian-Planning Commissioner
• Ross Gooding-EBCC Councilmember
• Hassan Dhananjaya-EBCC Councilmember
• Ron Smith - former Bellevue Mayor
• Vic Bishop - former Chair of the Bellevue Transportation Commission and Eastside Transportation Association
• Don Davidson - Former Bellevue Mayor
• Pat McCausland Johnston
• Sarah Rindlaub
"Is it better to be a business guy with a healthy respect for neighborhoods or a neighborhood gal with a healthy respect for business? I hope we get to find out. Stephanie Powell Walter is, next to Donald Davidson when he ran the second time, the most qualified non-incumbent ever to run for Council. Her resume is extensive, not just in holding positions on the planning commission and EBCC, but also in achieving results. How many new candidates can say they led an effort that resulted in an ordinance that was unanimously adopted by the Council? Just her.
A highly qualified, highly effective neighborhood leader that understands Bellevue needs to support its business community in order to thrive. I’m excited about Stephanie’s campaign for the open seat on the Council."
~ Kevin Wallace, March 10, 2019
"I had the privilege of working with Stephanie on the Planning Commission for many years, and I also had the opportunity to serve as the Chair when she was the Vice-Chair. Stephanie is one of the smartest people that I worked with at the PC; she always takes the time and does her homework to truly understand the issues; her innate curiosity leads her to explore multiple vantage points and to engage in dialogue; and her sense of empathy is evident in her search for solutions that benefit us all as a community.
We need problem solvers, not demagogues. We need common-sense solutions, not dogma. We need clear-thinking individuals who actually do care about our neighborhoods. Please vote for Stephanie Walter and ensure that Bellevue continues to thrive and grow.
~ John DeVaddos
"Dear Bellevue Reporter Letters to the Editor
I personally endorse Stephanie Walter for Bellevue City Council. Ms Walter's Community Accomplishments set her apart from other candidates. She led a grassroots community group, was elected City of Bellevue Planning Commission Chair, revitalized the Lake Hills Neighborhood Association, and serves as the East Bellevue Community Council Vice Chair. Stephanie brings a pragmatic, problem solving approach to every endeavor, and does not take no for an answer.
I first became aware of Stephanie when she galvanized her neighbors to question the rise of Rooming Houses in her neighborhood. She met with local leaders, took her concern to public officials and the media, and succeeded in establishing more clear guidelines on rentals in Single Family Residential neighborhoods. While initially helping her local Lake Hills community, Stephanie’s efforts have resonated throughout Bellevue neighborhoods, impacting Newport Hills, Clyde Hill, Northtowne, and Wilburton. Stephanie always defers to the input of her neighbors when praised on her efforts; however, she was the catalyst who did not take no for an answer and helped the group persevere.
The Single Family Room Rental campaign helped Lake Hills revitalize its Neighborhood Association. With Stephanie’s innovative suggestions the Lake Hills Neighborhood Association once again meets regularly and holds events like the Summer Picnic, Fall Trunk or Treat, and Winter Family Game Night. Additionally, LHNA holds Candidate forums and makes regular presentations to the East Bellevue Community Council. Spurred on by her experience with the Single Family Room Rental Ordinance, Stephanie was appointed to the City of Bellevue Planning Commission by then-Mayor Claudia Balducci. She was voted in as Chair in her 4thyear on the Commission. She was instrumental in both the Eastgate Transportation and Land Use Project Study, as well as the Downtown Livability Initiative. With her pragmatism, clarifying questions, and common sense, Stephanie helped the Commission balance City Council direction, concerns of constituents, and wishes of developers to create landmark strategies for both Eastgate and Downtown neighborhoods.
Stephanie was elected to East Bellevue Community Council by her Lake Hills constituents in 2018. She brings her City Hall experience to her role as Vice Chair. EBCC has jurisdiction over certain land use permits in its boundaries; Stephanie’s in-depth experience with the Planning Commission, and close work with City Council brings a new perspective to the decision making process. Stephanie asks clarifying questions of permit applicants, staff, and fellow Councilmembers. She participates in setting the agenda, and lends a professional air to the environment. Bellevue couldn’t ask for a more dedicated, experienced, and professional Councilmember than Stephanie Walter. I hope you vote for her, too."
~ Betsi Hummer
"Stephanie Walter is one of the smartest leaders I’ve worked with. She has a strong work ethic and provides a voice of reason in our East Bellevue Community council workings. She listens intently to all sides before reaching conclusions and is always prepared. I look forward to seeing Stephanie work for us on the Bellevue City Council. She has earned my endorsement and my vote!
- Ross Gooding, March 26, 2019
"As a lifelong friend of Stephanie's, I can say without reservation that she is decent, honest, and open-minded. She is smart, she works hard and she listens. Her many years as a community leader and neighborhood advocate demonstrate her commitment to making Bellevue the best possible place for its citizens to live and work. She is not captive to special interests or ideologies, and will be a councilmember for all of Bellevue's residents.
Pat McCausland Johnston, July 9, 2019
"Integrity, intelligence and energy in local governance are sought after qualities in today's dissonant political environment. Stephanie Walter has demonstrated those leadership traits as a member of the East Bellevue Community Council and former Chair of the Bellevue Planning Commission. An effective community organizer, Stephanie helped establish a balanced approach to protecting single-family neighborhoods while increasing affordable housing and density in Downtown. While serving as chair of the Bellevue Planning Commission, Stephanie helped guide responsible and accountable growth to accommodate expanding businesses, commercial construction and jobs.
We are confident that Stephanie Walter's leadership and vast experience will foster Bellevue's future success as a model city in which to work, live and play.
- Eastside Business Alliance, July 17, 2019