Thank you to the huge number of supporters who attended my campaign kickoff for King County Council last night at the Olde Spaghetti Factory! We had such a large turnout that the space clearly was not large enough, but I loved having everyone there and appreciate in particular the wonderful sponsors of the event (see list below). Also I very much appreciate King County Executive Dow Constantine for his terrific introduction of me, King County Council Chair Larry Phillips for his support and words last night, and all the volunteers who helped out to make the event such a success, including — Randy Hill, Liz A Campbell, Terra Jenkins, Kyle Jenkins, John Kingsbury, Jayson Todd Morris, Jacqueline Sorgen, Lauren Vlas, John Watt, and Betty Winfield.
The best part of the program was the tribute we gave to Larry Phillips who is retiring and asked me to run for his seat. I presented him with a Billy Bass Talking Fish and a very large poster congratulating him and signed by many of the attendees. Many of the elected officials in attendance spoke glowingly (and deservedly) about Larry’s accomplishments.
In addition to Dow and Larry, other elected officials attending were Councilmembers Rod Dembowski, Larry Gossett, Joe McDermott and Dave Upthegrove; State Senators Cyrus Habib, Bob Hasegawa, and Karen Keiser; Speaker Frank Chopp, and Rep. Reuven Carlyle; King County Assessor Lloyd Hara; Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess; Seattle School Board Members Marty McLaren and Sharon Peaslee; former State Senators Luke Esser and Randy Gordon Former State Reps. Al O’Brien and Larry Seaquist; former Seattle Councilmember and King County Councilmember Jan Drago; State Democratic Party Chair Jaxon Ravens; 36th Leg. District Democrats Chair Jeff Manson; and 43rd Leg. District Democrats James Apa.
Also, I was very pleased to introduce Daniel James Brown, the author of Boys in the Boat about the UW Men’s Crew Team that won the gold medal in the1936 Olympics held in Nazi Germany.
Thanks again to everyone involved with this incredible event.
Candidate, King County Council District 4
— with Larry Phillips.