Guest Post Re: Considerable Campaign Contributions to Case and Tibbs from Developers

By Mary McFarland

I did a little investigation into the Bellevue Washington Office Suite. They donated $4800 to Tibbs and $5500 to Case. Jeffery Gow is part of the group, that all seems to be related, as 5 of the 7 contributors share the last name Gow, while two of them are Youngs. They all share the same Bellevue Washington address.

Jeffery Gow is a former principal for a massive development company, Polygon Homes, they built nearly 16,000 homes since 1991. According to a Seattle Times article in 2014 Polygon sold to William Lyon Homes for $520 million.

Gow is currently the director of Western Capital Corporation, a bank that merged with Northwest Bank in 2012.

In my opinion, the only way to stop two individuals from having so much power over our entire county is to add more commissioners. Perhaps five…these two guys wield too much power.

I find it interesting that this is the first campaign Case has run without contributions from county contractors…yet. My best bet is that with the final report due after the election we’ll see them all: Allied Waste, Butler Amusement and possibly the Alabama Horse Racing group. Tibbs report does show one county contractor contribution, which is Michael Brayovoch of Butler Amusement.


“Western Capital Bank and Northwest Bank operate in their markets in an almost identical manner,” said Jeff Gow, Chairman, Western Capital Bank. “Bringing these two banks together to form a larger and stronger organization focused on two of the most dynamic metropolitan areas in the Northwest will provide their business and professional clients with greater products and services at a time when the region is entering its next growth cycle,” he continued.

Western Capital Bank was formed in March 2008 to focus on the Boise Metropolitan market, and had $158 million in assets and $32.7 million in capital as of December 31, 2011. Northwest Bank was formed in June 2005 to focus on the Portland Metropolitan market, and had $104 million in assets and $8.8 million in capital as of December 31, 2011. Together, the combined banks will have one of the strongest capital ratios of any bank operating in the Northwest.

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