Thank you and goodbye
As you may know, I decided not to seek reelection to the King County Council and my term ends on December 31. I’ve had the privilege of serving you in elected office for 24 years, with the last 12 on the County Council. Over the years, I’ve watched South King County grow and progress into what is now the most diverse part the region and home to major economic and educational centers. I cannot think of a better place to call home.
I got my start in government when I felt that King County was ignoring the needs of our community. While I served on the County Council, I worked with my colleagues to advance the interests of you and your families. For example, to create better transportation options for South King County, I served on the Sound Transit Board of Directors for 12 years. I led the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Transportation Policy Board, serving as Chair for eight years. I worked to make King County a healthier place by serving as Chair of the King County Board of Health for five years. To ensure the Green River Valley was safe from flooding, I served as Chair of the King County Flood Control District. As Vice Chair of the County Council this year, I worked to ensure King County government continued to incorporate principles of equity and social justice in all that we do.
You have elected Dave Upthegrove to replace me on the County Council. His term begins on January 1 and you can reach him at (206) 477-1005. He has served South King County since 2002 in the State Legislature, and I believe he will do an excellent job as your county councilmember.
I am so grateful to have served the residents of South King County. Thank you for letting me represent you!
King County Councilmember, District 5