State. Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, will enter the race to succeed Larry Phillips on the Metropolitan King County Council.
State Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, announced Wednesday that she will enter the race to succeed King County Councilmember Larry Phillips, who said last week that he will retire this fall after more than two decades on the Metropolitan King County Council.
Kohl-Welles has served as a state senator for the 36th Legislative District, which includes Ballard, Queen Anne, Magnolia, Fremont and Greenwood, for 20 years. Previously, she served in the state House of Representatives, succeeding Phillips after he was elected to the Metropolitan King County Council in November 1991.
She has been endorsed by Phillips, who represents District 4, and Councilmembers Rod Dembowski, Joe McDermott and Dave Upthegrove.
“It’s very difficult to think about Larry’s leaving his position as he’s been so stellar in his service to his 4th Council District,” Kohl-Welles wrote on her Facebook page April 5. “However, as I succeeded him in the State House when he won his race to the Council, it seems fitting for me to succeed him now.”
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Kohl-Welles, 72, has sponsored legislation on a number of issues, including regulating medical-marijuana dispensaries, combating human trafficking and addressing economic inequality.
“It’s been an incredible privilege, honor and pleasure representing my constituents for the last 23 years in Olympia in what has been the most significant work of my career,” Kohl-Welles said. “On the Metropolitan King County Council, I’ll bring forth the same values and tackle the same issues, as well as income inequality, racial disproportionality in the criminal and juvenile-justice systems, environmental sustainability, and transportation choices.”
Other endorsements include her district seatmates, Reps. Reuven Carlyle and Gael Tarleton, and all Democratic state senators from King County.
Phillips, the Metropolitan King County Council chair, announced April 1 that he will not seek re-election for District 4, in Northwest Seattle, in November.