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King County Councilmember Larry Phillips

Serving the communities of Council District 4
Larry Phillips
Council District 4
516 Third Ave., Rm. 1200
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-477-1004
Toll Free: 800-325-6165
TTY/TDD: 206-296-1024
Fax: 206-296-0198 

Serving the communities of northern Downtown, Belltown, South Lake Union, Uptown, Queen Anne, Interbay, Magnolia, Ballard, Fremont, Wallingford, Green Lake, Phinney Ridge, Bitter Lake, Broadview, Crown Hill, Greenwood, North Beach, and the western portion of Northgate.

Statement from Council Chair Larry Phillips on Not Seeking Reelection

Councilmember Larry Phillips speaks at a press conferenceIt has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of King County and the region, representing the Fourth District on the King County Council. It has been inspiring to be consistently immersed in the decision making of our region in meeting the many challenges—and changes—of the past two decades. But now it is time to set a new course; consequently I do not intend to seek re-election this fall to the King County Council.

This decision is not reached easily. While I still possess the energy and desire to help our region meet the many challenges growth poses to our quality of life, and remain committed to preserving the values we hold close in this unique and beautiful home we share, I hope to do so in new ways.

For voters of the Fourth Council District it is now time to begin setting about choosing a new leader. Whoever they ultimately choose, it will take optimism and constructive intelligence, as well as tenacity and a willingness to master the details of local and regional government to effectively meet the challenges of our times and near future. Persistent growth, mobility and infrastructure demands, income inequality and wealth disparity, natural resource protection, enhanced fiscal resources, and above all, climate change adaptation and mitigation, will be just a few of the issues a new Councilmember will have to tackle.

I like to say, ‘The beauty of King County and our great natural resources are only surpassed by the energy and creativity of the people who live here.’ For me, that has never been more true than in serving with my Council colleagues, County personnel, and especially my personal staff in meeting the needs of the people we represent. Individually they are extraordinary public servants; collectively they are a powerhouse of institutional strength for our community. As an elected official, and as a citizen, I will always be grateful for their steadfast commitment to, and accomplishments on behalf of, King County and our region.

I also truly appreciate the support of the voters who have returned me to office, as well as all those who have fought alongside me to promote the values we share and to meet the challenges we faced. They have made it possible to assert leadership in a number of areas critical to our well-being, sense of place, and capacity to meet the future.

I will leave my service on the King County Council knowing the great landscapes of King County are far better preserved than when I started. Our air, waters, and natural resources are better protected, and the people living here enjoy a healthier environment and more prosperous community. I also know in leaving we have at King County enhanced the arts, parks, open space and recreation, fiscal responsibility, and government efficiency and reform, and substantially begun to address our transportation, transit, and mobility needs. Each of these adds to our quality of life; as such, my tenure on the Council has been time well spent. This is, after all, a place—and a community—worth fighting for with optimism, intelligence, and resolve.

Going forward, I will remain, as I always have, engaged in the affairs of my family, deeply committed to their welfare, opportunity to prosper, and ability to thrive. It is time to start a fresh chapter, engage in new challenges, and enjoy all that our community has to offer.

King County Councilmember Larry Phillips’ Accomplishments -- 1992-2015

While there will always be issues facing our county and region, these are some of the issue areas and specific accomplishments I have had the privilege to work on throughout my time serving as elected Councilmember for the Fourth King County Council District.  I would be happy to discuss in detail; please feel free to contact me for more information.


  • 4Culture creation
  • Harborview Hospital
  • Historic Preservation
  • Kingdome
  • Mariners
  • McCaw Hall
  • Olympic Sculpture Park
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Seahawks
  • Seattle Symphony
  • Sonics new arena


  • Chicago Climate Exchange
  • Strategic Climate Action Plan
  • Climate and National Security


  • Affordable housing
  • Airplane overhead noise reduction
  • Cedar River Council
  • Youth Sports Facilities Grant Fund
  • Waterworks Grant Fund


  • Budget & Fiscal responsibility
  • Elections reform
    • Transition to all-mail voting in 2008
  • Labor Policy
    • Project Labor Agreements
  • Office of Law Enforcement Oversight
  • Regional Governance
  • Youth & Family Justice Center rebuild


  • Agricultural land preservation
  • Growth Management Act
    • Forest Conservation
    • Rural Forestry Incentives
    • Transfer Development Rights
    • Urban Growth Area boundary
    • Snoqualmie Preservation Initiative
    • Raging River forest
  • Comprehensive Plan
    • Grand Ridge
    • Cap on rural growth
    • Treemont


  • Cedar River Legacy
  • Conservation Futures funding
  • Eastside Rail Corridor
  • Evergreen Forest Trust
  • Flood Control
  • Urban reforestation & habitat restoration
  • King County Parks, Open Space and Regional Trails
    • Parks and Open Space bond
    • Ballfield funding – 101 new sports fields
    • Cougar Mountain Regional Park
    • East Lake Sammamish Trail
    • Maury Island Regional Park
    • Public Benefit Rating System
    • Open space acquisitions and state legislation
    • Rattlesnake Ridge
    • Soaring Eagle (60 Acres)
    • Cedar River Trail
    • Green River Trail
    • Section 36 on Sammamish Plateau
    • Rattlesnake Ridge
    • Beaver Lake
    • Manke
    • Tollgate
    • Lake Sawyer
    • Three Forks Park
    • Snoqualmie Tree Farm
  • Smith Cove Park


  • Endangered Species Act response
  • Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) creation
  • Water Resource Inventory Area 8 (WRIA 8) leadership
  • Waterways 2000: countywide watershed conservation


  • Metro Transit
    • Regional Transit Task Force
    • Metro Transit Strategic Plan
  • Sound Transit
    • Light rail
    • ST2
    • Sustainability plan
  • Transit funding
    • “Transit Now” sales tax increase for bus service.
  • Transit governance


  • Puget Sound stormwater reduction
  • Wastewater treatment
    • Brightwater Treatment Plant
    • Combined Sewer Overflows

Pacific Northwest values survey results

Van donation to Puget Sound Labor Agency/Belltown Food Bank

img_8871_1I had the honor of presenting the Puget Sound Labor Agency/Belltown Food Bank with a surplus van from King County Road Services. The Belltown Food Bank serves food as well as baby formula, diapers, and occasionally pet food to over 22,000 households in Queen Anne, Belltown, Magnolia, South Lake Union and downtown each week. Last month the labor agency had their van stolen. Tragedy often requires swift community response, especially for those in need. Replacing this stolen van helps those who would otherwise go hungry. Read more

Night Owl bus service preserved in Seattle neighborhoods

The King County Council unanimously approved an agreement between King County Metro Transit and the City of Seattle that assures continued operation of “Night Owl” bus routes 82, 83, and 84.

Under the agreement, the City of Seattle will pay for the continued operation of the routes between approximately 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. The routes provide basic transit service to many Seattle neighborhoods including Greenwood, Greenlake, Wallingford, Fremont, Queen Anne, South Lake Union, Belltown, and Downtown.

Night Owl service is a lifeline for many riders. I appreciate the City of Seattle’s commitment to restoring transit service with this agreement, but there is much more to be done given Metro Transit’s funding shortfall and upcoming reductions to transit service. Read more

Council's Commitment to effective oversight of Sheriff’s Office has not wavered

Metropolitan King County Council Chair Larry Phillips and Councilmember Larry Gossett, Chair of the Council’s Employment and Administration Committee, have released a statement in response to the announcement that Charles Gaither has resigned as the Director of King County’s Office of Law Enforcement Oversight:  

“When the Council established OLEO, we understood the importance of the agency and the vital role it would have in restoring and maintaining the trust the residents of King County have in the King County Sheriff’s Office.

“The Council has not and will not waver from its commitment in having an effective and transparent Office of Law Enforcement Oversight for the King County Sheriff’s Office."

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Council adopts legislation amending detention of immigration detainees

Only suspects with federal warrants will be held

The Metropolitan King County Council has adopted an ordinance modifying legislation on how the County will honor requests by the federal government on the detention of immigrants in the King County Jail. The legislation will continue the County’s policy detaining offenders accused of serious criminal offenses by holding those suspects that have a federal judicial warrant in the justice system.

In 2013 we took the first step in ensuring that dangerous people and threats to our communities remain in jail, while protecting the constitutional rights of all citizens regardless of their status. Today’s legislation streamlines the legislation adopted last year by emphasizing that federal courts require a demonstration that suspects are a danger to the community.
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Council approves blueprint for negotiations on operation of Harborview

Motion adopts principles for deliberations on new agreement

As King County begins its preliminary discussions on the future operation of the county-owned Harborview Medical Center, the King County Council gave its unanimous support for a set of principles they want to be part of the negotiations. 

Harborview is a world-class medical facility that is also the region’s primary public hospital and regional trauma center. Hundreds of thousands of residents rely on Harborview each year for healthcare provided by first rate doctors, nurses, and staff. By our action, the Council establishes the county’s expectations for negotiations determining future operations of the hospital to meet its public mission.

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Scott White UW Alumni Award
Pictured from left to right: Dean Sandra Archibald, Suzanne Dale Estey, Councilmember Larry Phillips, Alison Carl White, and her children Claire and Barrett honor the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Scott White at the Evans School of Public Affairs Alumni Reception.


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