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Reappointed to the Sound Transit Board

On January 8th, I was reappointed to the Sound Transit Board, making me the longest serving current member. My service allows me to strongly advocate for the often forgotten areas within the Regional Transit Authority. As someone who grew up in Pierce County and has represented the South King County region on the King County Council, I will continue to fight for the interests of south sound commuters to ensure they receive the funding and attention they deserve.

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With Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff.

South King County State Senator Joe Fain and State Representative Pat Sullivan joined community leaders for first “Good Eggs” breakfast of 2018

On January 10th, State Senator Joe Fain and State Representative Pat Sullivan shared their insights and expectations for the 2018 session of the Washington State Legislature, as well as their thoughts on how the political shift in the State Senate would impact South King County communities.

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Left to right: Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus, Senator Joe Fain, Representative Pat Sullivan and Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell.

Celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I recall the words of Dr. Bernice King when I met her at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. She carried her mother’s and father’s commitment to reconciliation by saying, “Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.”

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With Dr. Bernice King

Former King County Executive and Governor John Spellman passes away

John Spellman was not only my County Executive and Governor, but he was my friend. We fished together, shared Irish stories, and cheered on our favorite teams. While many today only know of the Kingdome from pictures, the Kingdome was the launching pad for both Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field. Without the determination of John Spellman, the Kingdome would never have existed.

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With Governor John Spellman in Olympia.

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Former University of Washington Coach Don James and Governor John Spellman.

King County Council recognizes special relationship with Republic of Korea; supports the 2018 Winter Olympics

On January 22, 2018, members of the King County Council joined me in welcoming the new Korean Consul General Hyung-jong Lee to King County and recognized Pyeongchang, South Korea, for hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics. It is often said that the 20th century was the century of the Atlantic Ocean, but that the 21st will be the century of the Pacific Ocean. In this spirit we celebrated continued strong relations between our two nations.

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With Korean Consul General Hyung-jong Lee. 

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Left to right: Councilmember Reagan Dunn, Councilmember Rod Dembowski, Korean Consul General Hyung-jong Lee, Councilmember Claudia Balducci, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Councilmember Larry Gossett, Councilmember Dave Upthegrove, Councilmember Kathy Lambert, and Councilmember Joe McDermott. 

South King County civic and community leaders assemble for annual leadership reception

On January 29th I hosted my annual South King County Public Leadership Reception. The event brought together more than 70 local public officials and community leaders, as well as King County Executive Dow Constantine, Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht, Director of Elections Julie Wise, and Assessor John Wilson to promote regional cooperation. Special thanks to Shelley Ko and KO-AM TV for hosting this event and all they do for the communities they serve.

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Left to right: (Left to right) Nexus Youth and Families Development Director Michael Jackson, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Auburn Food Bank Executive Director Debbie Christian and Auburn Valley YMCA Executive Director Jason Berry.

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Left to right: Shelley Ko with KO-AM TV and King County Executive Dow Constantine.

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With Overcomer Covenant Pastor Gordon Banks.

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With King County Executive Dow Constantine and Kent City Councilmember Brenda Fincher.

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With King County Assessor John Wilson, Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell, King County Executive Dow Constantine and Federal Way Deputy Mayor Susan Honda.

Federal Way native J.R. Celski competes in the 2018 Winter Olympics

Whether J.R. Celski wins on the ice in Korea, he won the lottery in choosing Sue and Bob as parents. All the best to Federal Way’s own J.R. as he goes for a 4th medal in his 3rd Olympics proudly representing the USA, King County and Federal Way.

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With J.R. Celski. 

Celebrating the Retirement of Isaiah Thomas’ Jersey

On Saturday, February 17, 2018, the jersey for Husky legend Isaiah Thomas was retired. Who would have thought in 2009 that this 5’ 9” University of Washington basketball player would have his jersey retired in less than 10 years?

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With Isaiah Thomas.

Lands Commissioner Franz meets South King County leaders at “Good Eggs” breakfast

On February 21, 2018, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz joined our "Good Eggs" breakfast to talk recreation, emergency preparedness and wildfire prevention. In her role, Hilary manages 3 million acres of land and 2.6 million acres of aquatic land, providing needed revenue for our state.

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Photo left to right: Auburn City Councilmember Yolanda Trout-Manuel, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz, and Auburn City Councilmember Larry Brown.

Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff joins local leaders to discuss South King County projects

On March 1, Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff discussed the implementation of the $54 billion ST3 plan and the current status of projects in the south sound region at the March “Good Eggs” breakfast. Rogoff and his staff gave an overview of the future projects coming to South King County in both ST2 and ST3, currently the largest transit expansion in the United States. In 2023-2024, Sound Transit will be opening 17 new stations across 3 separate lines, including stations in Kent and Federal Way. The Tacoma Dome Link Extension will bring more light rail stations to the south sound (South Federal Way, Fife, East Tacoma, and Tacoma Dome) in 2030.

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Photo left to right: Federal Way Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Tammy Campbell, Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff and Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus.

Aquatic Center Hosts PAC-12 Swimming and Diving Championships

On March 1st I had the privilege to welcome the PAC-12 Men's Swimming Championship to Federal Way and thank taxpayers who took a chance financing this facility more than 25 years ago. Today, the investment has paid off. The aquatic center is now a staple in our community that brings future Olympians to Federal Way and generates economic activity across South King County.

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With Assistant PAC-12 Commissioner Cheryl Wong.

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Thank you, Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman helped make the dream of a Super Bowl win a reality. As a Stanford prof used to say, “the only constant in this world is change!”

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With Richard Sherman.

Opening day 2018

Who says sports don’t bring people together? On March 29th I was joined at opening day by Seahawk Quarterback Emeritus Jim Zorn, Mariner Chairman Emeritus John Ellis, and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.

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Photo left to right: Jim Zorn, John Ellis and Mayor Jenny Durkan.

Touring Decatur High School’s Horticulture Program

On Friday, March 30, I had the opportunity to tour Decatur High School's horticulture and agriculture program with their teacher, Jordan Lybeck and Rose Ehl of the Federal Way Farmers Market. The program is very popular, and allows students to learn about agriculture by growing food and raising animals. How can anyone resist Ellie Mae, the goat?

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With Rose Ehl, Ellie Mae and Jordan Lybeck.

IGNITE gala promotes and supports women studying technology

On Saturday, April 15th I attended the IGNITE! annual dinner to support programs that encourage young girls to study technology. South King County should be very proud of Marcella Huang of Thomas Jefferson High School and other local student-scholars. Congratulations to Microsoft, Alaska Airlines and others for sponsoring gala.

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With honoree Marcella Huang of Thomas Jefferson High School.

South King County legislators provide analysis of 2018 Legislative Session

At the April 18th “Good Eggs” breakfast, State Sen. Mark Miloscia and State Reps. Pat Sullivan, Mike Pellicciotti and Morgan Irwin shared their perspectives on the recent 2018 Legislative Session. The bi-partisan group discussed the importance of government reform to restore the public’s faith in government, the need to address unfunded mandates to help local governments, and emphasized investment in K-12, job training, and higher education to attract employers and retain jobs in our communities.

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Left to right: State Representative Pat Sullivan, Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus, State Representative Mike Pellicciotti, State Representative Morgan Irwin and State Senator Mark Miloscia. 

Flood and Emergency Preparedness Experts Headline Town Hall

On Wednesday, April 18th I hosted a Flood and Emergency Preparedness Town Hall at Thomas Jefferson High School. Nearly 100 community members, public officials, high school leaders and flood and emergency management experts joined us to discuss steps King County is taking to mitigate the impact of flooding and different ways we all can be prepared in the event a natural disaster strikes. The town hall is available to watch on King County TV and on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8f5U2_5UVI&feature=em-share_video_user

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Left to right: Doug Weber (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Seattle District), Chris Utzinger (Washington Military Department’s Emergency Management Division), Barnaby Dow (King County Emergency Management), and Michelle Clark (King County Flood Control District).

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Students and staff from the Civil Air Patrol and Todd Beamer High School join the panelists and me before the town hall. 

Federal Way community leader Mike Park receives MLK Medal of Distinguished Service

On April 30 I had the privilege to present former Mayor Mike Park of Federal Way the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Medal of Distinguished Service for his decades of dedication to the city of Federal Way, as well as his leadership in building bridges for the Korean-American community of South King County. Thank you for your service and commitment, Mike!

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With MLK Medal recipient Mike Park.

Juror Safety at King County Courthouse

On May 1, the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee, which I chair, heard an update on efforts taken to improve public safety and sanitation for jurors and others around the perimeter of the King County Courthouse. Before the meeting, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Elisa Hahn with KING-5 TV. The interview can be viewed here: https://www.king5.com/video/news/local/courthouse-assaults/281-8105412

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At the King County Courthouse with Elisa Hahn of KING-5 TV.

 

King County Criminal Justice Leaders Discuss “Invisible Issue” of Gun Violence in our Communities

On May 2, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg and King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht joined us at Auburn’s Phoenix Rising Café to discuss the steps they’re taking together to address the “invisible issue” of gun violence in our communities, specifically South King County. Half the victims of gun violence in King County are under the age of 25. Together, the Prosecutor and Sheriff are working to develop programs to help break through the culture of violence and lift young people at risk away from gun violence.

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Photo left to right: Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, Lorie Ann Larson of Valley Cities, King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht, Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus and Kent Mayor Dana Ralph.

Jay’s Garage comes to South King County

On May 10, 2018, Jay Leno was here at Pacific Raceways to film his CNBC show “Jay Leno’s Garage.” South King County may not have Microsoft or the corporate headquarters of Boeing or Amazon, but many of our family-owned businesses, like Pacific Raceways, generate jobs, dollars and attention for our region.

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With Jay Leno. 

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(Left to right) Jay Leno and Pacific Raceways owner Jason Fiorito. 

Korean School of Federal Way Celebration

On Sunday, May 21, I had the honor to attend the Korean School of Federal Way Dinner. In the next 100 years, the countries around the Pacific Ocean will play an increasingly important role, and it is important to understand the history and culture of our neighbors.

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With Sara Oh of the Kumon Math and Reading Center of Federal Way.

Multi-Service Center Annual Crab Feed

On Saturday, June 2nd, I enjoyed some seafood at the Multi-Service Center’s annual Crab Feed. Every year, this event brings together our community to help those less fortunate. Thank you to the Multi-Service Center for the important services they provide our neighbors.

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With Federal Way School Board Member Liz Drake, Councilmember Mark Koppang, Federal Way Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Tammy Campbell, Mayor Jim Ferrell, Councilmember Hoang Tran, and King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg.

Celebrating Flag Day and the Korean War Armistice

On Saturday, June 16, two veteran Korean War Generals, one Attorney General, and one Consul General of Korea came together to honor our flag and celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice.

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With Korean Consul General Hyung-jong Lee, Todd Suchan, Kim Suchan, and kids.

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With Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell, and South King County Boy Scouts.

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With community members following the conclusion of the 29th annual South King County Flag Day Celebration.

Lost glasses on Metro buses donated to Auburn Lions Club

On June 19, I had the opportunity to donate more than 1,300 glasses lost on King County Metro buses a new life! Thank you to the Auburn Lions for accepting the donation and hosting me at your weekly meeting. The Lions Club and my office are always on the “lookout” for old glasses in need of a good home. For more information, you can contact the Lions Club’s local Eyeglass Recycling Center at http://lionsnwlerc.org/ or my office at pete.vonreichbauer@kingcounty.gov.

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CEO of BECU attends June 2018 “Good Eggs” Breakfast

On June 20, BECU CEO Benson Porter met with South King County civic and business leaders at Federal Way’s Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club. He discussed BECU’s history, his expectations for the economy as a whole, and the changing demographics and lifestyle preferences of younger generations that are causing the industry to become more digital.

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Photo, left to right: Kim Suchan of Caffe D’Arte, BECU CEO Benson Porter, Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell, and Jeff Stock of Omni Properties.

King County Local and Community Services Town Hall

On July 26, I had the privilege to host a Town Hall at Thomas Jefferson High School. The event brought together people from across unincorporated South King County to talk about the unique challenges our communities are facing, and how King County can partner with these local communities to solve our toughest issues. Thank you to the over 75 community members in attendance!

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Photo left to right: With Shelley Ko of KO-AM TV, King County Assessor John A. Wilson, and Amy Hatcher of Cafe Pacific.

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Photo left to right: With Algona City Councilmember Mary Tompkins, Katrina Asay of the Multi-Service Center Board of Directors, and Major Troy Olmsted with the King County Sheriff's Office.

Over $50,000 raised for South County Athletes at Doug Baldwin Breakfast

On July 10, over 250 community members raised over $50,000 for scholar-athletes in the Auburn and Federal Way school districts at the South King County Scholar Athlete Breakfast. The guest speaker was Seattle Seahawk Doug Baldwin at the Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center. Impressive speech, impressive turnout!

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Clockwise: Doug Baldwin speaks at the Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center; Doug with myself and a young fan; and Federal Way Basketball Coach Jerome Collins, Federal Way Superintendent Dr. Tammy Campbell and Thomas Jefferson Baseball and Bowling Coach Joseph Townsend.

King County Day at the Racetrack

On July 15th, I was the honorary “steward” for the 7th race at Emerald Downs. I enjoyed sharing time with the track’s trumpeter and Julie Krone, the first female winner of a “triple crown” race. Horse racing provides thousands of jobs in our region.

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With Julie Krone.

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Kiwanis Salmon Bake Celebrates 62nd Anniversary

62 years and counting! On July 27, 2018, the Federal Way Kiwanis served up salmon as thousands came to support Kiwanis service projects for South King County youth.

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With Kim Suchan

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With Kim Hensley

Fusion Celebrates 25th Anniversary

On August 1, it was a privilege to be the Honorary Chair of FUSION’s 25th Annual Summer Event. Families across South King County are beneficiaries of the important services they provide.

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With Peggy LaPorte, FUSION Executive Director

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Ballot Drop Box Added in Auburn

On August 6, 2018, just before primary election day, South King County leaders cut the ribbon on a new ballot drop box at the Auburn Park and Ride. I had the chance to visit the site with King County Director of Elections Julie Wise and Auburn City Councilmember Larry Brown.

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With Auburn City Councilmember Larry Brown and King County Elections Director Julie Wise

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With Auburn City Councilmember Larry Brown and King County Elections Director Julie Wise

Shredding Event at Federal Way Farmers Market

On Saturday, August 11, 2018, 150 community members joined us at a Mobile Shredding Event. Those who stopped by were able to shred documents with personal information and learn new strategies to prevent identity theft at no personal cost. Thanks to the Federal Way Farmers Market for permitting us to set up near them.

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With Linda Persha and representative of Seadrunar Recycling.

Port CEO discusses trade and freight at August “Good Eggs”

On August 15, 2018, Northwest Seaport Alliance CEO, John Wolfe, joined us at the Phoenix Rising Café in Auburn to speak about the important role the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma play in our regional economy. 40% of jobs in Washington are tied to trade, and our ports serve as a gateway not only for agriculture and industry across our state, but across our country.

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With Federal Way Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Tammy Campbell, Northwest Seaport Alliance CEO John Wolfe and Seattle Port Commissioner Peter Steinbrueck.

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With Port of Seattle Commissioner Ryan Calkins, Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus, Port of Seattle Commissioner Peter Steinbrueck, Port of Tacoma Commissioner John McCarthy, and Northwest Seaport Alliance CEO John Wolfe

Youth and Amateur Sports Grants Awarded to Federal Way Organizations

On August 17, 2018, I presented two grants of $50,000 each to youth-oriented South King County organizations. The grants, funded by the King County Youth and Amateur Sports Fund, will support the “Challenger” project for the Federal Way National Little League which will make baseball more accessible for disabled youth in our community and fund educational enhancements in the lobby of the King County Aquatic Center.

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With parents and players from Federal Way National Little League.

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With Mike Dunwiddie, Regional Coordinator for the King County Aquatic Center

Honoring a True American Hero

On August 25, 2018, we lost a true American hero. From the Hanoi Hilton to the United States Senate, we are all the better for your service. Rest in peace, Senator John McCain.

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Federal Lions Car Show Honors Police and Donates to Community

On August 25, 2018, I attended the 14th annual Federal Way Lions Club Car Show, and presented the “Top Cop” award to Federal Way’s Tim Burrell. After the award presentation, he showed me his red 1938 Oldsmobile F Series. Thank you for serving our community, Tim!

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Rhythm and Brews Festival Benefits Symphony’s Youth Education Programs

On September 9, the Federal Way Symphony’s Rhythm and Brews Festival brought together every generation at Town Square Park. 100% of proceeds benefit the Federal Way Symphony’s music, education and performance programs. As Aretha Franklin once said: music is uplifting, encouraging and strengthening!

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Honoring John Spellman’s Legacy

On September 10, 2018, The King County Administration building was renamed in honor of former King County Executive and Governor John Spellman. John was a visionary leader who served the people of King County with dignity and respect. John was all about faith, family and friends, and we are all better for his service.

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With David Spellman, Councilmember Reagan Dunn and Executive Dow Constantine.

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John Spellman’s family with fellow members of the King County Council and Executive Dow Constantine.


Lion’s Club Eye Glasses Donation

This summer, I turned over 1,000 “lost” glasses from King County Metro buses to the Federal Way Lions Club. Lion club members across the country undertake sight-related service projects to help the blind and visually-impaired in honor of the legacy of Helen Keller. Thanks to the Federal Way Lions for all they do to support our local community programs.

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With members of the Federal Way Lions Club.


September “Good Eggs” breakfast hosts Bob Wallace

On September 19, 2018, Bob Wallace, CEO of Wallace Properties, joined my monthly “Good Eggs” breakfast. Bob provided an overview of the current business and real estate climate in the region, and gave his thoughts on the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for South King County’s economy.

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(L to R) With Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell, East India Grill owner Kabal Gill, Bob Wallace of Wallace Properties, Federal Way City Councilmember Hoang Tran and Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus.

Jen Cohen headlines annual Boys and Girls Club Breakfast

On September 20, more than $70,000 was raised at the annual Boys and Girls Club breakfast for South King County youth. I was proud to host six South King County girls high school soccer teams and honor Emerald Downs founder Ron Crockett for a lifetime of philanthropy and achievement. Thank you to Jen Cohen, University of Washington Athletic Director, for joining us as our keynote speaker!

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(L to R) With Mark Hendricks, UW Athletic Director Jen Cohen, and Wanda and Ron Crockett.

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(L to R) Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell, Ron Crockett, UW Athletic Director Jen Cohen, Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus and Wanda Crockett.

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(L to R) With the Auburn Riverside Girls Soccer Team and University of Washington Athletic Director Jen Cohen.

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(L to R) With Federal Way School Superintendent Tammy Campbell, the Todd Beamer High School Girls Soccer Team and University of Washington Athletic Director Jen Cohen.

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(L to R) With members of the Federal Way Girls High School Soccer team and University of Washington Athletic Director Jen Cohen.

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(L to R) With the Auburn Riverside High School Girls Soccer Team and University of Washington Athletic Director Jen Cohen.

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(L to R) With the Thomas Jefferson High School Girls Soccer Team and University of Washington Athletic Director Jen Cohen.

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(L to R) With University of Washington Athletic Director Jen Cohen and the Decatur High School Girls Soccer Team.


Taste of Federal Way at Federal Way Farmers Market

On Saturday, September 22, I was a judge at the Taste of Federal Way during the Federal Way Farmer’s Market. Nine local restaurants offered food to benefit a local non-profit and highlight our community’s diversity.

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With my fellow judges at the “Taste of Federal Way.”

Thank you, Paul Allen

In 1997, only one person was willing to take the risk of owning an NFL team when the roof was literally falling in on sports in Seattle. Paul Allen was that one person. Every family that comes together to watch the Seahawks play, whether in Seattle or in London, in their living rooms or at CenturyLink, should forever be thankful to Paul Allen and the Allen family. When there was not a lot to celebrate on the front page, the Seahawks gave us a lot to celebrate on the sports page. Thank you, Paul. We will miss you.

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Paul Allen, Bert Kolde and I on the morning the Kingdome was imploded.

Opioid Discussions at the White House

On October 11th, I visited the White House for an Opioid Conference and had the chance to meet Vice President Mike Pence. Opioid addiction is a serious public health crisis that directly or indirectly affects every neighborhood in our region. It does not discriminate: blue collar, white collar or no collar. I will continue to work with our federal, state and local leaders to find solutions to this devastating crisis.

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U.S Representative Adam Smith speaks to South County Leaders

On November 7th, Congressman Adam Smith joined me to discuss the midterm elections and his priorities for representing South King County in our nation’s capital. He emphasized the need to approach problems to find solutions despite our disagreements and stressed the importance of job training programs for youth and young adults.

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Photo L to R: Pete with Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus, Congressman Adam Smith, Jeff Stock, Jr. of Caffé D’ Arte and Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell.

Federal Way Performing Arts Foundation Gala

On November 9th, the performers from Under the Streetlamp rocked the Federal Way PAEC with great music (from an era when one could actually understand the lyrics), entertainment and humor. We need to support more arts in the suburbs!!

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King County Budget Appropriates $3 million to Provide Resources for Low-Income Families

On November 13th, the Metropolitan King County Council appropriated $3 million in funding to help the Federal Way-based non-profit, Friends United to Shelter the Indigent, Oppressed and Needy (FUSION), build a Family Transitional Housing and Community Services Center in partnership with Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Federal Way.

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Councilmember von Reichbauer with Peggy LaPorte, Founder and President of FUSION (Friends United to Shelter the Indigent, Oppressed and Needy).

Auburn Chamber Holiday Event

On November 17th, I was pleased to join Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus, Sarah Moore and Councilmember Martin Moore of Federal Way at this year’s Auburn Chamber Holiday Party at the Junior Achievement Building. The Auburn chamber knows that 70 percent of new jobs comes from small businesses!

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Remembering U.S. President George H.W Bush

President Bush was a tireless public servant who never turned down a call to duty. He viewed himself as a man “who sees life in terms of missions—missions defined and missions completed.” President Bush’s final mission has been completed and his service and leadership will be missed.

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Federal Way High School Dedication

On December 7th, I attended the dedication of the renovated Federal Way High School. I appreciate the commitment of Dr. Tammy Campbell to the student scholars of her district, and welcomed the opportunity to spend time with the Eagle and former Mayor Mike Park.

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Just kick it, Jackie!

On December 9th the true spirit of this season was in Federal Way tonight where family, friends and fans came together for Jackie as she faces the challenges of breast cancer. As a server at Twin Lakes she lights up any room and her work ethic is inspirational. Just kick it, Jackie!

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With Jackie.

Dick’s Drive-In Recognized for Community Involvement

On December 10th, we recognized Dick’s Drive-In, owned by the Spady family, for nearly 65 years of community service, philanthropy, civic engagement, and great burgers for the whole family.

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Photo L to R: Councilmember Reagan Dunn, Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Councilmember Joe McDermott, Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer, Ron Schmeer, Councilmember Dave Upthegrove, Councilmember Kathy Lambert, Councilmember Claudia Balducci, Councilmember Rod Dembowski.


Dick’s Drive-in Ribbon Cutting

On December 12th, the Spady family opened up the first Dicks Drive In south of Seattle. I Joined Jim and Fawn Spady, Highline President Dr. John Mosby, Kent Mayor Dana Ralph and, of course, the Thunderbird Mascot Cool Bird. Although Dick has passed, his legacy continues through his widow and extended family.

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With Kent Mayor Dana Ralph.

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With Kent Mayor Dana Ralph and the Thunderbird Mascot Cool Bird.

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With Highline President Dr. John Mosby, and Jim and Fawn Spady.

Veteran’s Job Fair and Workshop

On December 11th, I sponsored a veterans’ job fair and workshop for veterans in our community. Over twenty-four South King County exhibitors provided information and opportunities for the veterans who attended. If you missed this event but would like information on opportunities for veterans, there are veterans’ resources available at https://kingcounty.gov/council/vonReichbauer/Veterans.aspx.

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Washington House Speaker Previews Upcoming Legislative Session

On December 12th, Washington State Speaker of the House Frank Chopp joined me to discuss his priorities for the upcoming legislative session. Frank discussed the importance of prioritizing funding for mental health treatment, the need to improve workforce preparation programs, and his experience coalition building.

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Photo L to R: Pete with Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus, Speaker Frank Chopp, Kent Mayor Dana Ralph, and Maple Valley Mayor Sean Kelly.