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Celebrating King County's Purchase of All-Electric Battery Buses

On January 12, 2017 King County's purchase of all-electric battery buses was celebrated as an important step in achieving sustainable transportation.

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(Left to right: I discuss the County's purchase of electric battery buses with Proterra CEO Ryan Popple and King County Executive Dow Constantine.)

Meeting with UW President to Discuss the Growing Impact UW has on South King County

On January 18, 2017 University of Washington President Dr. Ana Mari Cauce met with South King County leaders to discuss the growing impact UW has on South King County and the new direction she wants the UW to serve the regional needs of the state.

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(Left to right: Mayor Jim Ferrell, Mayor Nancy Backus, University of Washington President, Dr Ana Mari Cauce and Federal Way Schools Superintendent Dr. Tammy Campbell.)

Meeting with Citizens

January 23, 2017- As it can be difficult to travel to the King County Courthouse, I regularly meet with citizens over coffee, meals, or at the district office.

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With Nancy McEleney

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With Dick Pierson

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With Rose and David Ehl

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With Thomas Jefferson Baseball Coach Joseph Townsend

Public Leadership Reception

January 25, 2017- At a time when too many political leaders are divided, South King County civic leaders came together at my annual reception of regional leaders.

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With KO-AM TV Vice President Shelley Ko

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With Overcomer Covenant pastor Gordon Banks

Memorandum of Agreement: King County Metro, Federal Way School District, and Sound Transit

On January 27, 2017 King County Metro, the Federal Way School District, and Sound Transit entered into a Memorandum of Agreement to re-site Mark Twain Elementary school, resulting in a better school environment for students and improved connections for transit.

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(Left to right: Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell, Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus, UW President Dr. Ana Mari Cauce, and Federal Way Schools Superintendent Dr. Tammy Campbell.)

Auburn Youth Resources Annual Fundraising Breakfast

On February 10, 2017 Auburn Youth Resources celebrated its new name--NEXUS--at its annual fundraising breakfast.

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(Left to right: FUSION Director Peggy LaPorte, former Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis, Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell, State Representative Drew Stokesbary, federal Way Mayor's Office Senior Advisor Steve McNey and King County Sheriff Chief of Staff Chris Barringer.)

Council Approves to Rename Parcels in Green River Natural Area

On February 13, 2017 the King County Council ensured that land that Doreen Johnson worked to protect will always be apart of the region with unanimous approval to rename parcels in the County's Green River Natural Area in her memory.

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(Left to right: Council Vice Chair Reagan Dunn; Doug Osterman, Salmon Recover Manager, Green/Duwamish Watershed, KC DNRP; Nora Johnson Hightower, daughter of Doreen Johnson; and Lisa Parsons, Green River Coalition.)

Saluting Sierra Shugarts as "Seattle Female Athlete of the Year" Nominee

On February 13, 2017 South King County soccer fans joined others in saluting Decatur High School Alum Sierra Shugarts as a nominee for "Seattle Female Athlete of the Year".

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(Left to right: Former Seattle Sounders Coach Alan Hinton, Seattle Female Athlete of the Year nominee Sierra Shugarts, Former Sounder and Caffe D'Arte owner Jeff Stock.)

40-Year Old Family Business Licensing Opening

On February 13, 2017 George and Bev Cohee helped their daughter, Jan Novak, open the newest licensing store of this 40-year old family business in Federal Way.

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(Left to right: George Cohee, Bev Cohee, and Jan Novak.)

Council Passes Motion to Prioritize Allocation of Levy Funds in and around North Lake Hylebos Watershed

On February 27, 2017 King County Council unanimously passed a motion to direct the Conservation Futures Oversight Committee to prioritize the allocation of levy funds in and around the North Lake Hylebos Watershed.

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I am joined by members of the Save Weyerhaeuser Group and local officials 

Washington State Director of Agriculture Panel

On March 21, 2017 Washington State Director of Agriculture Derek Sandison led a panel discussion which included presentations from our local Future Farmers of America and 4H students.

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(Left to right: Washington State Agriculture Director Derek Sandison, King County Agriculture Commission Chair and dairy farmer Leann Krainick, King County 4H Coordinator Nancy Baskett, Washington State University Research and Extension Director John Stark, and Auburn City Councilmember and Auburn International Farmers Market pioneer Bill Peloza.)

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(Left to right: King County Flood District Executive Director Michelle Clark; Washington State Agriculture Director Derek Sandison and Auburn City Councilmember Bill Peloza.)

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(Left to right: Decatur FFA Students Todd Pitre and Sierra Zak.)

Annual Student Leadership Forum for South King County Student Leaders

On March 28, 2017 the Annual Student Leadership Forum for South King County student leaders provided an opportunity to meet with a cross section of today's leaders.

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(Left to right: Jana Thomas of Auburn Mountainview High School, Former Deputy Secretary of HUD Ron Sims, Auburn Mountainview High School Students Prince Gill, Madie Shirley and Wendy Mordo.)

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(Left to right, Back Row: Former Deputy Secretary of HUD Ron Sims, and Todd Beamer High School Students, Caroline Issac, Ivan Vasquez, and Austin Stafford. Front Row: Todd Beamer High School Students Mario Mason and advisor Corey Obungen.)

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(Left to right: King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg, KOAM-TV Vice President Shelley Ko, and Former Deputy Secretary of HUD Ron Sims.)

Co-sponsoring the Federal Way Lion's Club Annual Helen Keller Day Basketball Challenge

On April 8, 2017 I co-sponsored the Federal Way Lion's Club annual Helen Keller Day Basketball Challenge between South King Fire and Rescue and the Federal Way Police Department.

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With Lions Club member Bob Darrigan

 

Thomas Jefferson High School Baseball Game with Fife High School

On April 10, 2017 I threw out the first pitch before the Thomas Jefferson High School baseball game with Fife High School at Cheney Stadium.

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(Left to right: Coach Joseph Townsend and players Dylan Bader and Max Hayes (who threw out the first pitch).

Auburn Lions Club Glasses Donation

On April 18, 2017 3,000 pairs of eyeglasses lost on King County Metro buses received a second life through a donation to the Auburn Lions Club.

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Good Eggs Breakfast Meeting April 19, 2017

On April 19, 2017 Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier met with South King County leaders to share his vision for Pierce County and his goal of creating partnerships to benefit South Sound Regional Families.

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(Left to right: Councilmember von Reichbauer, Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier, City of Pacific Mayor Leanne Guier, and City of Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell.)

Federal Way National Little League Kickoff 

On April 22, 2017 hundreds of parents and excited young parents kicked off the 2017 Federal Way National Little League season.

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(Left to right: Tammy Dziak and Robert Gabrio).

 

Meeting with Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Dave Reichert in DC

In April, I had the opportunity to talk about infrastructure needs with Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Dave Reichert in the "other" Washington.

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Good Eggs Breakfast Meeting May 10

On May 10, 2017 King County Assessor John Wilson announced that 5,000 seniors have signed up for our new Tax Relief program to help with property taxes.

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(Left to right: Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus, assessor John Wilson, Vicki Zier, and Federal way Mayor Jim Ferrell).

Mobile Town Hall on identity Theft at Federal Way Farmers Market

On Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Federal ay Farmers Market over 177 people stopped by my Mobile Town Hall on identity Theft to share ideas and shred sensitive papers.

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(Left to right: Market organizers Karla Kolibab and Rose Ehl.)

Korean School of Federal Way Celebration

On May 21, 2017 I attended the Korean School of Federal Way's celebration of another year of educating children about Korean culture.

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(Left to right: Former Federal Way Mayor Mike Park and KO-AM TV CFO Shelley Ko.)

King County Council 2nd Annual MLK Medal of Distinguished Service

On May 22, 2017 the King County Council 2nd Annual MLK Medal of Distinguished Service was awarded to Thomas Jefferson baseball Coach Joseph Townsend for his dedication to young people and a coach and corrections officer.

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(Left to right: Thomas Jefferson High School students Cassie Lee and Haylee Pollard, Coach and MLK Medal recipient Joseph Townsend, and students Mason DeLaCruz and Avery Cantino-Kennedy.)

South King County Multi Service Crab Feed

On June 3, 2017 I sponsored a table at the South King County Multi Service Crab Feed.

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(Left to right: Federal Way mayor Jim Ferrell, Federal Way Schools Superintendent Dr. Tammy Campbell, King County Sheriff John Urquhart, Bev and Wes Stock and Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus.)

Celebrating KBS TV

On June 9, 2017 I celebrated our growing Korean population's new access to the Korean Broadcasting Service and its world network of international news and local coverage.

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28th Annual Flag Day Celebration

On June 10, 2017 I attended the 28th Annual Flag Day Celebration honoring Army Captain David Celski, a Federal Way High School graduate who served our country overseas, and 92-year-old nurse Florence Rigney, who still serves our region working at Tacoma General two days a week.

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(Left to right: State Senator Joe fain, Army Captain David Celski and Florence Rigney.)

Council Recognizes Todd Beamer High School Boys Soccer Team

On June 13, 2017 the King County Council recognized Todd Beamer High School Boys Soccer team and coaches for winning the school's first state title.

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Celebrating Championship Seasons

On May 24, 2017, after three successful seasons and two state championships, I hosted a celebratory pizza party for the members of the Federal Way High School Boys Basketball team, head coach Jerome Collins and his assistant coaches.

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U of W Women’s Crew NCAA Championship Recognition

On June 19, 2017, the King County Council recognized the University of Washington Women’s Crew Team for their NCAA Championship.

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Left to right: left to right: University of Washington Women’s Crew Team members Maggie Phillips and Phoebe Spoors.

Federal Way/Auburn Boys and Girls Club Breakfast

On July 18, 2017, basketball teams from Auburn and Federal Way area high schools joined University of Washington Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Hopkins to raise over $60,000 at the annual Federal Way/Auburn Boys and Girls Club Breakfast.

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Left to right: University of Washington Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Hopkins and Auburn Mountainview High School basketball team players Talan Alfrey, PJ Ghungu, Grant Kline, Quinn Lacey, Zach Richardson, Zavion Trapp, coach Matt Sinnes, and assistant coach Dan Winter.

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Left to right: University of Washington Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Hopkins and from Federal Way High School, basketball coach Jerome Collins, players and assistant coach Doug Sloane. .

Meeting with State Transportation Secretary about future of transportation

On July 19, 2017, Washington State Transportation Secretary Roger Millar talked about the future of transportation and infrastructure and its impacts on the economy, housing and more with South King County leaders.

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Left to right: Decatur High School Principal Jamie Tough, Washington State Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar, and Nexus Development Director Michael Jackson.

F.U.S.I.O.N’s “Under the Big Top” Event

On August 3, 2017, hundreds came together to raise tens of thousands of dollars at F.U.S.I.O.N.’s annual fundraiser to provide transitional housing in South King County. This is one more example of families helping families in their time of need.

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Left to right: Ron and Cynthia Spellecy and Peggy LaPorte.

U.S Representative Adam Smith speaks to South County Leaders

On August 16, 2017, Congressman Adam Smith met with South King County leaders at the monthly “Good Eggs” breakfast meeting. Smith discussed his policy priorities for South King County in Washington, D.C, and his role as Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, while emphasizing the need to work across the aisle in Congress to get results.

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Left to right: Federal Way City Councilmember Lydia Assefa-Dawson, Federal Way Deputy Mayor Jeanne Burbidge, U.S. Representative Adam Smith, and Federal Way City Councilmember Martin Moore.

Grand Opening of the Federal Way Performing Arts Center

On August 19, 2017, I attended the opening of the Federal Way Performing Arts Center (PAEC). Art brings people together, and the diverse communities of South King County came together to celebrate the opening of the Federal Way Performing Arts and Events Center (PAEC). Music and entertainment have no borders--the PAEC is for everyone!

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Federal Way Performance Center ribbon cutting

REACH OUT Federal Way Breakfast

On September 19, 2017, I joined Becky Vinson and Pastor Casey Treat at the annual Reach Out breakfast to help raise approximately $55,000 for overnight shelters and support services for adults without homes in South King County. Becky is the mother of Seattle Seahawk Jimmy Graham and she shared her inspirational journey from homelessness to naval service to adopting Jimmy Graham.

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Left to right: Becky Vinson and Pastor Casey Treat

State Superintendent speaks to South County leaders

On September 20, 2017, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal was the speaker at the monthly “Good Eggs” breakfast, where he discussed changing accountability measures for our schools and the need to move beyond a traditional 9-month school year to compete in an international economy.

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Left to right: Dr. Alan Spicciati, Auburn School District Superintendent, State Superintendent Chris Reykdal and Becca Martin, Federal Way Chamber of Commerce CEO.

Boys and Girls Club Athletic Field Project

On September 21, 2017, I did one of my many drop-ins to check on the remarkable progress of the athletic field project for the Federal Way Boys and Girls Club, supported by a King County grant. Here are the before and after pictures of the new turf field.

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With Federal Way Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Mark Hendricks

Receiving the Pioneer Award for building bridges with Korean community

On September 21, 2017, I was honored with the Pioneer Award for my early efforts in 1992 in building bridges between the Korean community and the City of Federal Way. Whether in the arts, education or business, King County has been enriched by the growth of the Korean Community. In these times, we have no better ally than the Republic of Korea. Gamsahamnida!

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Pacific Levee Setback Project

On October 3, 2017, I was in the City of Pacific celebrating the completion of the Pacific Levee Setback Project. While no one looks forward to the rainy season, we are hopeful that Pacific residents will be safer as a result of the completion of the levee setback project. Thanks to Mayor Leanne Guier, Flood District Chair Reagan Dunn, and Executive Director Michelle Clark for their work.

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Glasses Donation to Kiwanis Club of Federal Way

On October 4, 2017, I delivered “orphaned” glasses lost on King County Metro Buses to the Kiwanis Club of Federal Way. They will be recycled, repaired and then given to those in need. I have partnered with this club since 2001 to meet this need in our community.

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Left to right: Kiwanis Club of Federal Way members Linda Kochmar, Janice Siebenaler, Bob Kellogg Sr., Federal Way City Councilmember Susan Honda and Linda Persha.

Identity Theft and Shredding Events Continue

On October 7, I hosted my third identity theft and mobile shredding event of the year. Over 100 residents brought personal documents to the Federal Way Farmers Market to be shredded and learned about different ways to prevent identity theft.

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Filipino American History Month Proclaimed

On October 16, the King County Council proclaimed Filipino American History Month in King County, with a special tribute to the Filipino World War II veteran recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal. After the recognition, I had the opportunity to meet with Brigadier General (Ret.) Oscar Hilman, who served with me in the U.S. Army. He has brought credit to his family, friends and uniform by his service.

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Photo: With U.S. Army Brigadier General (Ret.) Oscar Hillman.

Increase of juvenile violence brings three police chiefs to “Good Eggs” breakfast meeting

On October 18, 2017, police chiefs from Auburn, Kent, and Federal Way discussed methods to address growing juvenile gang and gun violence in our communities at the monthly “Good Eggs” breakfast meeting with South King County leaders.

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Photo left to right: Auburn Chief of Police Bob Lee, Federal Way Chief of Police Andy Hwang, Councilmember von Reichbauer, Federal Way Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Tammy Campbell, Kent Chief of Police Ken Thomas, Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell.

“Retired” vans benefit South King County non-profit organizations

In October, I was able to see the "retired" King County vans that were recently donated to the Federal Way Boys and Girls Club, Nexus Youth and Families in Auburn, and Communities in Schools of Federal Way. Since 1996, more than 550 vans have been donated to local governments and community organizations, the van donation program is an example of government at its best.

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Photo left to right: Federal Way Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Mark Hendricks, and Federal Way Councilmember Mark Koppang.

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Photo left to right: Auburn Councilmember John Holman, Nexus Youth and Families Development Director Michael Jackson and Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell.

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Photo: With Communities in Schools of Federal Way Executive Director Tracy Oster.

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Photo left to right: Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell and Alan Clapper, Case Manager for the William J. Woods Veterans House.

Council recognizes 20th anniversary of citizen effort to save the Seahawks

October 30 – The King County Council celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the effort that became known as “Save Our Seahawks,” the successful campaign to keep the team in the region after it was put up for sale. I was proud to work with Microsoft co-Founder Paul Allen, who purchased the team in 1997. The Seahawks are also here today because volunteers and voters came together to support funding for a new stadium. One of many is Patty Hammond, known as “Mama Blue.” To learn more about this “super fan,” please watch the NFL produced video which is linked below.

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Click on the image to play the video.

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Members of the group “Save our Seahawks” join the members of the County Council after the Council recognized the 20th Anniversary of the organization’s effort to keep the NFL in Seattle.

State Economic Forecast Presented to South King County Leaders at “Good Eggs” breakfast meeting

Washington State’s economic forecast for 2018 was the topic of discussion at the November 15th, 2017 “Good Eggs” breakfast meeting. Dr. Steve Lerch, Executive Director and Chief Economist of the Washington State Economic Revenue and Forecast council, discussed the opportunities, challenges and expectations for our state’s economy as we move into 2018.

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Photo left to right: City of Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell, City of Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus, Executive Director of the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council Dr. Steve Lerch, and Jamas Gwilliam representing the new owners of The Commons.

Town Hall featured leaders from King County Elections, Public Health, Libraries, Metro, and Sheriff’s Office

On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, Metropolitan King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer met with nearly 80 residents at a Town Hall on Public Health and County Services. Hosted by von Reichbauer at Thomas Jefferson High School, it featured leaders from King County Elections, Public Health, Libraries, Metro, and Sheriff’s Office.

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Patty Hayes, Director of Public Health Seattle & King County, and me being interviewed by Korean broadcast service KO-AM TV prior to the December 5 Town Hall. See the interview at this link: https://youtu.be/7uQ3wcQBcxA.

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Left to right: King County Sheriff’s Office Major Dave Thomas, King County Director of Elections Julie Wise, King County Libraries Interim Director Stephen Smith and King County Metro General Manager Rob Gannon.

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Director of Public Health joins South King County leaders for holiday “Good Eggs” breakfast

On December 6, 2017, Patty Hayes, Director of Public Health Seattle & King County, discussed strategies for preventing the spread of communicable diseases, and answered questions about the impact our region’s homelessness crisis is having on community health at my December Good Eggs breakfast.

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Left to right: Seattle – King County Public Health Director Patty Hayes, Federal Way Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Tammy Campbell and Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell.

I look forward to another term serving you

On Monday, December 11, 2017, I was sworn in for a new term on the King County Council. Thank you to Judge Jim Cayce for administering my oath of office. I look forward to spending the next four years advocating for our community, listening to the constituents of District 7 and promoting job growth in South King County.

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With Judge Jim Cayce.