King County Executive Dow Constantine issued the following tribute after the passing of Ruth Woo, an influential leader in the Asian Pacific Islander community.
"Ruth Woo helped shape the leaders who shaped our region, pushing our city, county and state toward justice and inclusion. For generations of local elected officials, she was a mentor, a trusted leader of the Asian Pacific Islander community, and a driving force for social change.
"She was motivated not by fame or access to power, but by a contagious belief that we could always do more to make this a better place to live. She had a remarkable ability to create and connect communities, a talent that helped advance the cause of civil rights.
"Ruth was a warm, generous and inspiring figure in Washington politics, one who will be missed by generations of politicians, myself included, who appreciated her wry smile and her wise counsel."
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Chad Lewis, Executive Office, 206-263-1250