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News about Councilmember Dave Upthegrove

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2024 News

June 4, 2024
Upthegrove awards Martin Luther King Jr. Medal of Distinguished Service to Shamso Issak
“Shamso Issak truly is the heart of South King County. She has tirelessly advocated for the health and wellness of immigrants and refugees and has always done so with a smile on her face and a kind word for everyone around her. She faithfully represents the ideals of Martin Luther King Jr. and I am proud to call her my friend.”

April 2, 2024
Council chooses Ricardo Polintan to fill Valley Medical Center board vacancy
“Rick brings a strong commitment to quality patient care and to the employees who provide it. While taking on this important role, I have great confidence he will also reflect the needs and values of the diverse population in South King County.” 

March 28, 2024
Upthegrove Statement on Court Ruling Halting Logging Over Climate Impacts
“I applaud the court for recognizing the need for an honest accounting of the carbon impacts of logging activities on public lands. At the end of the day, we need to end the destruction of our mature legacy forests. They make up a tiny part of our public forestlands but have an outsized impact on our climate.”

February 29, 2024
Upthegrove sends letter to DNR in support of 300-acre forest preservation
“Protecting mature legacy forests within King County is critical to reaching our climate goals as a county and as a state, but financial impacts remain a challenge to preservation. There is a huge demand from counties for funding from the Natural Climate Solutions program. The Legislature needs to continue to make robust funding for this program a priority.” 

January 9, 2024
Upthegrove chosen to Chair Council again in 2024
“I appreciate the support I have received from my colleagues to serve as Chair of the King County Council once again in 2024. We must continue our work to be a model for democracy and the democratic processes that are the foundation of our country and ensure that we are guided by respect for the people we serve and for each other.”