Jeanne Kohl-Welles

Jeanne Kohl-Welles is the progressive & effective advocate for our community.


Jeanne Kohl-Welles
is running for King County Council

King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles is running for re-election to continue serving the people of Martin Luther King County’s District 4. She begins her campaign with broad support and major endorsers, including King County Executive Dow Constantine, Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.

Read the full list of Jeanne Kohl-Welles' endorsers here.

“I’ve resided in Council District 4 for nearly 34 years and have served it and the 36th Legislative District combined for over 25 years. I know these communities well, and they know me as being accessible, responsive and effective. I’ve worked closely with the neighborhoods in District 4 on issues dealing with affordable housing and homelessness; climate change adaptation, water quality and other environmental protections; social justice and economic equity; mobility and congestion reduction options, including ST3 link light rail expansion to Ballard; equitable health care access; arts and culture; and public safety, to name a few.

“Serving my constituents and working collaboratively in achieving common-sense solutions on challenging issues have been my calling and my passion. I look forward to continuing to make advances on these and other important issues,” said Jeanne Kohl-Welles on her campaign announcement.

Some of Kohl-Welles’ accomplishments on the County Council include passage of the fossil fuel moratorium in unincorporated King County; assuring investigation, recovery, and new protocols related to the 2017 West Point Treatment Plant’s catastrophic failure; adding 200,000 hours of bus service and investing in additional bus bases in the 2019-20 budget; redirecting hotel/motel revenue from Safeco Field (now T-Mobile Park) to affordable housing; increasing labor and human trafficking prevention and awareness campaigns; expanding shelter availability, modular housing and services to assist individuals exiting homelessness; implementing the Best Starts for Kids and the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levies; and updating of the County’s anti-discrimination, harassment and workplace misconduct policies and training.

Councilmember Kohl-Welles’ past service and accomplishments have garnered the endorsements of many community members and elected officials.

“Nobody outworks Councilmember Kohl-Welles on the County Council. She has secured major transit investments for Seattle, and has been a powerful and effective advocate for improving our health, the environment and housing and human services programs,” said King County Council Chair Rod Dembowski. “Her experience, coupled with her tenacity in advancing progressive values, has improved countless lives and makes King County a more just and compassionate community. I’m proud to support her re-election and am thrilled that she decided to continue her service.”

Throughout her years in public service, Jeanne has worked for a clean environment, recreational opportunities for everyone and universal access to the arts. Without her this region would not be as green and as joyful a place that it is today.
- Seattle civic and environmental policy leader MaryAnne Tagney

And said by Jorge Barón, “I appreciate Councilmember Kohl-Welles’ leadership in advancing policies that protect all residents of King County and especially for her work in standing up to the attacks of the current federal administration against immigrant and refugee communities. She has helped to ensure that our county will continue to identify ways to be a more welcoming place for all.”

“Women’s rights, including the still ridiculous fight over reproductive and sexual rights, demand strong leaders. Councilwoman Jeanne Kohl-Welles is a staunch defender of women’s rights and an indefatigable mentor to a countless number of women. We’re fortunate to have her resolve on the County Council,” said Elaine Taylor Rose, former Chief Executive Officer, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest & Hawaii.

Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles is our very own bad ass feminist icon on the King County Council. We want her to continue.
- King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove

Some of Kohl-Welles’ priorities for her next term include following through with efforts to preserve, protect and restore salmon, Orcas and the overall health of Puget Sound; increasing transit access, including to Shilshole, Sunset Hill, and the Waterfront; creating a Ballard-to-Downtown water taxi route and ensuring approval of the ST3 light rail link to Ballard; advancing regional housing stability and affordability; improving access to affordable and quality health care, including behavioral health and substance abuse treatment; continuing efforts on gun safety and violence prevention; extending the statute of limitations for reporting sexual harassment; implementing educational opportunities for low-income vulnerable youth; reducing juvenile disproportionality and detention; and ensuring equal legal protection for all our residents.

Jeanne Kohl-Welles is serving her first term as King County Councilmember. She previously represented the 36th Legislative District as State Senator and earlier as State Representative. Besides chairing the Council’s Health, Housing and Human Services Committee, she serves on the Budget Leadership Team and was recently elected as Chair of the King County Board of Health. Other committee assignments include the Budget & Fiscal Management, Mobility & Environment, Government Accountability & Oversight, and the Regional Policy Committee, along with representing the Council on the MIDD Advisory Committee, the Woodland Park Zoo Board, the Growth Management Planning Council, the Office of Public Defense, the CSEC Task Force, and the LEAD Policy Coordinating Group.

Read a full list of endorsements here.



*Organizational names are for identification purposes only.

Former Governor Christine Gregoire
Former Governor Gary Locke
Attorney General Bob Ferguson
Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz
Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdahl
Former Insurance Commissioner Deborah Senn
Former Supreme Court Justice Bobbe Bridge
King County Executive Dow Constantine
Former King County Executive Ron Sims
King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg
King County Assessor John Arthur Wilson
King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht
King County Council Chair Rod Dembowski
King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci
King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn
King County Councilmember Larry Gossett
King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert
King County Councilmember Joe McDermott
King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove
King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer
Former King County Councilmember Louise Miller
Former King County Councilmember Julia Patterson
Former King County Councilmember Larry Phillips
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan
Former Seattle Mayor Tim Burgess
Former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice
Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes
Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw
Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell
Seattle City Councilmember Deborah Juarez
Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda
Former Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata
Former Seattle City Councilmember David Della
Former Seattle City Councilmember and King County Councilmember Jan Drago
Senator Reuven Carlyle
Senator David Frockt
Senator Karen Kaiser
Senator Bob Hasegawa
Senator Jamie Pedersen
Former Senator Karen Fraser
Former Senator Calvin Goings
Former Senator Randy Gordon
Former Senator Ken Jacobsen
Former Senator Claudia Kauffman
Former Senator Pat Thibaudeau
Speaker Frank Chopp
Rep. Lauren Davis
Rep. Laurie Jinkins
Rep. Tina Orwall
Rep. Eric Pettigrew
Rep. Gerry Pollet
Rep. Cindy Ryu
Rep. Gael Tarleton
Rep. Javier Valdez
Former Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson
Former Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney
Former Rep. Ruth Kagi
Former Rep. Marcie Maxwell
Former Rep. Velma Veloria
Port of Seattle Commission President Stephanie Bowman
Port of Seattle Commissioner Ryan Calkins
Port of Seattle Commissioner Fred Felleman
Port of Seattle Commissioner Courtney Gregoire
Port of Seattle Commissioner Peter Steinbrueck
Seattle Public Schools Director Eden Mack

Cody Arledge
Lynne Dodson, former Secretary Treasurer Washington State Labor Council AFL-CIO
David Parsons, UAW

Denis Hayes, founder of Earth Day
Stephanie Solein
MaryAnne Tagney
Ted Wilhite
Peggy Willis

Jeff Bjornstad
Becky Bogard
Jon Bridge
Tim Ceis
Alex Conley
Suzanne Dale Estey
Kelly Evans
Charles Knutson
Edlira Kuka
George Griffin
Matt Griffin
Gregg and Alison Holcomb
Gerry Johnson
JJ McKay
Roger Nyhus
Brett Phillips
Oscar Velasco-Schmitz
Sue Tupper
David Zapolsky

Democrat Organizations/Members:
Metropolitan Democratic Club Early Endorsement
David McDonald, DNC Member
Julie Anne Kempf, Chair of 46th LD Democrats
James Apa, former Chair, 43rd LD Democrats
Jason Bennett, former Chair, 36th LD Democrats
Carin Chase, former Chair, 32nd LD Democrats
Jeff Manson, former Chair, 36th LD Democrats
Sarah Reyneveld, Political Director, 36th LD Democrats
Andrew Villeneuve, State Committeemember, WSDCC
Sophia Anenberg, 36th LD
Liz Campbell, 36th LD
Josh Castle, 36th LD
Evan Clifthorne, 36th LD
John C. Comerford, 36th LD
Jeanne Legault, 37th LD
Jayson Todd Morris, 36th LD
Rene Murry, 36th LD
Noel Renggli, 36th and 43rd LDs
Sean Sandys, 36th LD
Terique Scott, 36th LD
Elizabeth Johns Stanton
Elizabeth Siegel, 36th LD
Janis Traven, 36th LD
Jack Whisner, 36th LD

Women’s Organization Leaders:
Liz Berry, NWPC-WA Past President
Karen Cooper, Win with Women
Pam Eakes, Emerge
Elaine Rose, former CEO Planned Parenthood Votes NW and Hawaii
Dawn Vivyan, Women’s Campaign Fund
Karen Besserman

Social Justice:
Jorge Barón
Lisa Daugaard, NW Public Defenders
Cindy Domingo
Stacy Dym
Grace Huang
Sharon Lee
Robby Stern
Michele Thomas
Alice Woldt

Arts & Culture/Media:
Daniel James Brown, Author
Manny Cawaling
Alejandro Grahal
Kevin Hughes
Josh LaBelle
Ron Leamon
Ben Moore
NY Vinnie, Sportscaster
Jane Repensek, Seattle Opera
Rick Steves, Travel Writer/Media Personality, Tour Operator
Peggy Sturdivant

Dr. Sutapa Basu
Dr. Jane Harmon Jacobs
Dr. Julia Herschensohn, UW Faculty (Ret.)
Dr. Ed Lowozka, UW Faculty
Dr. John Moritsugu
Dr. Helen Remick
Dr. Constance Rice, UW Regent
Cindy Zehnder, former UW Regent
Chad Harper, Teacher
Adrienne Quinn, UW Faculty

Bob Alverson
Vic Battson
Antoinette Bonsignore
Dr. Deborah Boyer
Shannon Braddock
Dr. Jonathan and Catherine Britell
Maura Brueger
Carolyn Busch
Sidney Chun
Mark Collins
Emma Cooper
Tyler Crone
Gemma Daggett
Russ Daggett
John Davis
Philip Dawdy
Jamie Durkan
Curt Firestone
Edie Gilliss
Melinda Giovengo
Cliff Goodman
Michelle Gregoire
George Griffin
Pat Griffith
David Ham
Lisa B. Hammond
Lee Harper
Toshiko Hasegawa
Tim Hatley
Grace Huang
Lynn Hubbard
Becky Hughes
Lauri Hennessey
Dr. Michael Herschensohn
Randy Hill
Kyle Jenkins
Terra Jenkins
Peggy Maze Johnson
Ron Judd
David Kaplan
Jared Karstetter
Terry Kohl
Edlira Kuka
Jon A. Kunzler
Cindy Laws
Ron Lewis
Diana Lightner
Kristina Logsdon
Clara Manahan
Marie McCaffrey, HistoryLink
Jennifer McCausland
Vivian McPeak
Joel Merkel
Pete Mills
Linda DiLello Morton
Eric Nelson, Nordic Heritage Museum CEO
Arnie and Judy Ness
Connie Niva
Stephanie Pure
Bernie and Nancy Ryan
Majken Ryherd
Celia Schorr
Larry Shannon
Rachel Smith
Gretchen Sorensen
Dale Sperling
Sheila Stickel
Nancy Sutherland
BrynDel Swift
Teresita Torres
Mike Tulee
Rev. Doctor Pastor Erik Wilson Weiberg
Alex Welles
Thomas Whittemore
Betty Winfield and Barry Hyman