Reporter Q&A: Former Bellevue City Councilmember Grant Degginger
Lane Powell Shareholder Grant Degginger was featured in a January 6 Bellevue Reporter article titled “Reporter Q&A: Former Bellevue City Councilmember Grant Degginger.” In the article, Degginger discussed his seven years of service with the city’s Planning Commission, as well as his 12 years of service on Bellevue City Council and what made him decide not to seek reelection. Grant also commented on recent issues affecting the city’s future, why he got involved in the Planning Commission and Bellevue City Council, and what he has learned from his time as an elected representative.
Reporter: Why did you get involved with Planning Commission, and later City Council?
Degginger: I had been involved in public policy issues as a younger person. I worked for four years in Washington D.C. on a congressional staff. I had always had an interest in it. But then I went to law school and started a family, so I had taken some time away from it. When I was participating in a legal seminar in 1991, one of the panelists was Terry Lukens, who at the time was the mayor of Bellevue. He wondered if I might be interested in serving on a board or commission when he found I lived in Bellevue. I applied and was appointed to the Planning Commission in November of 1991. I loved it. It was interesting work. Land use and development issues are issues I run into in my practice, so I had some familiarity with them, and it was a great way to tie that up with public policy issues. When I was wrapping up my time on the Planning Commission, I gave some thought to running for the council. I ran because I thought there were some opportunities to provide the expertise I developed. We developed the first Comprehensive Plan for the city following the adoption of the Growth Management Act. The other area I was particularly interested in was how we could improve the permitting process. And also how we could address the transportation challenges and some of the long-term regional challenges the city needed to be a part of.