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Councilmember Perry outlines priorities, celebrates first Council meeting

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Newly sworn-in King County Councilmember Sarah Perry on Tuesday outlined her top priorities and attended her first Council meeting, where she also received her committee assignments.

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Newly sworn-in King County Councilmember Sarah Perry on Tuesday outlined her top priorities and attended her first Council meeting, where she also received her committee assignments.

“It’s an honor to begin my service to the people of District 3 and across King County,” Perry said. “I’m ready to work together with our communities to tackle the vital work of improving people’s lives and securing their future, from fighting the climate crisis to promoting small businesses and improving access to transit options, housing and behavioral health – with a focus on equity, access and opportunity at every step.”

Perry represents District 3, which encompasses the East King County cities and surrounding areas of Issaquah, Sammamish, Redmond, Woodinville, Duvall, Carnation, Fall City, Preston, Snoqualmie, North Bend, Snoqualmie Pass and Skykomish.

Perry will serve as Chair of the Local Services and Land Use Committee.

In her first year in office, Perry plans to focus on a number of key areas:

  • Behavioral Health: Increase access to behavioral health services, ensure adequate funding for existing programs and support new programs to strengthen behavioral health workforce
  • Environment: Prioritize protecting farms, forests, air and water with support for the growth management act and zoning laws, and for greener transportation options and schedules that work for everyone
  • Equity, Access and Opportunity: Promote workforce and affordable housing, access to behavioral health support, childcare and eldercare and family wage jobs
  • Small Business: Support access to pandemic recovery tools, remove obstacles to success and promote visibility and access to small businesses

Though this is Perry’s first elected office, she has long worked in public service. Previously, she worked as the chief development officer for Social Venture Partners International, executive director at Eastside Housing (now Springboard Alliance) on Avondale in Redmond, and the senior director of university initiatives at Seattle University. Prior to that, she worked at Encompass (then called Children's Services of Sno-Valley) and co-founded the Si View Indoor Playground and the Fall City Neighbors newsletter, which are both is still running in North Bend and Fall City, respectively, supporting families of all ages today. She is also a small business owner and a lifelong volunteer.

“There is much work to do to make sure that we are protecting our environment, supporting the success of our families and that all voices are at the table from each of the wonderful communities throughout our district, and I cannot wait to get started together.”

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