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King County Councilmember Larry Gossett

Councilmember serving the communities of District 2
Larry Gossett
Council District 2  
516 Third Ave., Rm. 1200
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-477-1002
Toll Free: 800-325-6165
TTY/TDD: 206-296-1024
Fax: 206-296-0198

Serving the communities of the Central Area, Capitol Hill, Beacon Hill, the Rainier Valley, Seward Park, Skyway, UW, Fremont, Ravenna, and Laurelhurst.

Children and Family Justice Center Open House

Children Family Justice Center open houseKing County is hosting an information fair for the a Children and Family Justice Center project.

Spring Open House
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 6–8pm
Youth Services Center Lobby
1211 E Alder St, Seattle, WA 98122

Council Reorganization

It is an honor to represent the area I live in and to work on issues impacting the residents of District 2.

In 2014, I will chair the Council's Employment and Administration Committee

I will also serve as a member on the following committees:
Law, Justice, Health and Human Services (LJHS)
Regional Policy Committee

Additionally, I will serve as the Vice-Chair of the King County Flood District. This year I look forward to continuing to work for the residents of District 2. If you have any comments or questions regarding your King County Government, please do not hesitate to email me at:

A New Way to get Health Insurance

Enrollment of Affordable Care Act will continue to March 31, 2014 and for those who have enrolled coverage began January 1, 2014.

There is still time to get information about the various healthcare plans, receive answers to your questions, find out if you are eligible for financial help, and time enroll in a plan that's right for you.

All health plans offered through Washington Health planfinder include basic benefits like doctor visits, emergency care, prescriptions, maternity care, and preventive care like cancer screenings and vaccinations. Free or low cost coverage is available. No one will be denied coverage because they are sick or because they have a pre-existing condition.

Learn more and find enrollment at Visit to enroll online.


Low Income Fare Options Advisory Committee

As a result of the downturn in the economy and those on the margins of society who are having a hard time accessing transportation, we created a Low-Income Fare Advisory Committee to make recommendations to us on a low-income transit fare program and how the County would fund the program. The Council appointed 21 members to serve on an advisory panel that explored the fare structure for low-income county residents who use regional public transportation. Hailing from a spectrum of groups and interests, members include human- service providers, low-income riders, business leaders and local, county and state officials.

The Low-Income Fare Options Advisory Committee has completed its work and issued a report and recommendations. Click here to review the eight recommendations, the first of which is creation of a low income fare program.

First Hill Streetcar construction

Construction in District 2 continues as the city of Seattle continues construction on the First Hill Streetcar. Construction on Yesler Ave, Jackson Street, and Boren Ave S. will continue until the project is complete in Spring 2014. The intersection of Broadway and Jefferson will be closed to traffic for overhead electrical work on February 1-2; 8-9; 15-16.  Check the Seattle Department of Transportation for detour maps and the Metro Transit routes that will be impacted by the project.

Expansion of the County’s Mental Health Recovery Model

I have always been in support of services and adequate treatment for those living with mental illness and I am proud the King County Council gave its unanimous support for the expansion of the County’s successful Mental Health Recovery Model to include substance abuse services.

In the past, too many County residents battling mental illness received a jail cell instead of a treatment bed. King County has created a new paradigm in assisting the mentally ill. The establishment of a behavioral health component is a welcome addition to the program. The legislation adopted by the Council will continue the current successful recovery model for mental illness and expand the framework to include substance abuse treatment.


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Larry Gossett

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In the community

Read my Seattle Times OpEd: Economic recovery has left African Americans behind

Seattle's Compassionate Communities Conference
Seattle's Compassionate Communities Conference

King County’s annual Martin Luther King Essay Contest Winners

Congratulations to the three winners of the County’s annual MLK Essay Contest (l-r) Rae Hirshfeld-Smith, Lucy Mujugira and Mengmeng Gibbs!!

Rae and Mengmeng both go to Lake Washington Girls Middle School, their essays tied for first. Lucy is an 8th Grader at St. Therese Catholic Academy. Proud of these young women, and proud that their schools are part of Council District 2!!


Equity and Social Justice
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District 2 Map

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