Longtime King County Councilmember Larry Phillips will not seek re-election this fall.

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Metropolitan King County Council Chair Larry Phillips, a council member for more than two decades, announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election this fall.

“I just felt like it was time,” said Phillips, who represents District 4, in northwest Seattle. “I love King County, I thoroughly enjoy what we do at the courthouse in regards to regional work, but I just felt it was time to step aside to create a new chapter for myself and let other leadership emerge.”

Phillips’ council career began in 1992, after two terms representing the 36th Legislative District in the Washington State House of Representatives, where he authored and was the prime sponsor of the 1990 Growth Management Act. As a council member, he worked to implement the act in King County.

In 2009 he unsuccessfully ran for King County executive, losing to current Executive Dow Constantine.

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In recent years, Phillips, 64, turned his attention toward transportation, clean energy and jobs. He said Wednesday afternoon that he is most proud of his work addressing growth management and the light-rail system.

“I will leave my service on the Metropolitan King County Council knowing the great landscapes of King County are far better preserved than when I started,” he said in a statement. “Our air, waters and natural resources are better protected, and the people living here enjoy a healthier environment and more prosperous community.”

Constantine called Phillips a leader whose work in the Legislature and in King County set a good example for all his colleagues:

“Councilmember Phillips has created a commendable legacy of critical natural areas preserved for generations to come, of dedicated funding for arts and culture, and strong communities bolstered by his hard work and dedication as a council member.”