I’m very excited to be launching my campaign for election to King County Council District 4

April 14, 2015

Dear friends,

I’m very excited to be launching my campaign for election to King County Council District 4 to succeed King County Councilmember Larry Phillips, who has informed the public that he is not running for re-election. I’m especially gratified that he immediately offered to endorse me.

It’s been an incredible privilege, honor and pleasure representing my constituents in the Washington State Senate over the past 20 years in Olympia in what has been the most significant work of my career. Throughout my legislative tenure, I have steadfastly striven to be accessible, responsive and effective. I’ve consistently worked collaboratively to achieve common-sense solutions on very challenging issues, while maintaining strong Democratic principles and values. I’ve fought for social justice and economic equity causes and have been a leader in advocating on behalf of the safety and well-being of children and vulnerable adults, and victims of human trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation of children, and domestic violence; the arts, film and cultural heritage; medical marijuana reform; and for strategies addressing homelessness, affordable housing, and discrimination.

On the King County Council, I’ll bring forth the same values and tackle the same issues, including ones of long importance to me, e.g., promoting pay equity, environmental sustainability, and transportation choices; and eliminating income inequality and racial disproportionality in the adult and juvenile justice systems.

I thank Councilmember Phillips for his service, and wish him well in his retirement. He’s been one of the most thoughtful and effective community and political leaders I’ve ever known. He will be sorely missed but his legacy and hard work will not be forgotten. I look forward to continuing his important work on the Council and on behalf of you. And I am especially honored and grateful that Larry has endorsed me in this campaign.

You may endorse my campaign here on my website or by email at jeanne@jeannekohwelles.com or on Facebook. I am unable to accept contributions during the legislative session or any special session if we have one.

Thank you in anticipation of your support and all those who have already responded with theirs!

Jeanne Kohl-Welles

Endorsements of officials thus far:

King County Executive Dow Constantine
King County Sheriff John Urquhart
King County Councilmember Larry Phillips
King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski
King County Councilmember Joe McDermott
King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove
King County Councilmember Julia Patterson (Ret.)

Seattle City Mayor Ed Murray
Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes
Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw
Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess
Seattle City Councilmember Jean Godden
Seattle City Council Member Nick Licata
Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien
Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen

Washington State Legislators, Seattle Legislative Delegation:
36th LD: State Rep. Reuven Carlyle, Rep. Gael Tarleton
43rd LD: Sen. Jamie Pedersen, Speaker Frank Chopp, Rep. Brady Walkinshaw
32nd LD: Sen. Maralyn Chase, Rep. Ruth Kagi, Rep. Cindy Ryu
46th LD: Sen. David Frockt, Rep. Gerry Pollet, Rep, Jessyn Farrell
11th LD: Sen. Bob Hasegawa, Rep. Zack Hudgins, Rep. Steve Bergquist
34th LD: Sen. Sharon Nelson, Rep. Eileen Cody, Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon
37th LD: Sen. Pramila Jayapal, Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, Rep. Eric Pettigrew

Thirty-sixth L.D. Chair Jeff Manson

All Democratic Washington State Senators