Jeanne Kohl-Welles


Seattle Times: King County to consider offering free Metro bus rides during snow emergencies

The next time Seattle gets hit by a severe winter storm, King County Metro Transit buses would waive their fares, offering free rides and shelter, under new legislation proposed by Metropolitan King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles.

Kohl-Welles, in an ordinance filed Monday, proposes making all Metro buses free any time the agency activates its emergency snow network, a much-reduced collection of high-ridership routes that operate on streets without steep slopes.

The emergency snow network was developed after the December 2008 storm that crippled the city for weeks, when Seattle treated roads with sand, not salt, and Metro improvised to deal with lingering ice by cutting service in half. It was used for the first time this February, when a set of winter storms brought close to a foot of snow in some parts of the Seattle region.

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The Stranger: Potential Climate Change Perks: Free Transit

King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles wants to make getting around Seattle during major snow events easier, safer, and more affordable. She introduced a measure today that would make fares free whenever King County Metro switches to their Emergency Snow Network (ESN), the amended bus routes that were created in 2008 but first utilized in 2019. Soooooo… climate change-induced freak snowstorms could be making transit more accessible.

“I’m mainly concerned here about overall public safety,” Kohl-Welles told The Stranger. “I want to do everything I can to make sure that the most number of people possible can get where they can safely.”

Specifically, Kohl-Welles wants to help low-income people and people who are experiencing homelessness get to a shelter or safe space. During the February snowpocalypse (or snowmaggedon, pick your poison), three people died of exposure.

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Every Day is Earth Day

It’s Earth Day weekend 2019.  Nearly 50 years ago, in 1970, Seattleite Denis Hayes organized the first ever Earth Day and has been an environmental leader ever since.

I’m proud to be endorsed by Denis in my race to seek a second term on the King County Council. As he has said about me:

“Jeanne has proven she will continue fighting for clean air, fresh water, and green spaces for all of our communities. I am a strong supporter of Jeanne’s re-election campaign. She is a champion for our Earth.”

— Denis Hayes

I never would have imagined on the first Earth Day that in 2019 we’d be standing on a  precipice on which we currently find ourselves.   And, we now face even more alarming effects, such as even higher temperatures, rising sea levels and an increasing frequency and severity of floods, drought, wildfires and other impacts.

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Washington State Wire: WA is One Floor Vote Away from a Pathway to Universal Healthcare


Washington State is facing a health care crisis. This crisis affects every facet of our society, as individuals and businesses alike are shouldered with the economic burden of an unsustainable system. That is why we must pass SB 5822 into law.

The leading cause of personal bankruptcy in the U.S. is medical debt, and some businesses are losing contracts overseas or closing their doors for good due to rising health care costs.

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Early endorsements!

My race for re-election to a second term on the King County County is heating up, and I am very pleased to announce three early endorsers to my campaign — the National Women’s Political Caucus, Win With Women, and the Metropolitan Democratic Club!

I am very fortunate to have worked with progressive organizations such as these throughout my career, and I’m honored to receive these early endorsements.  I have an opponent who is working hard at fundraising and so I am asking for your support.

Please click here to make a contribution!

If you haven’t had an opportunity to donate and endorse, please do! I’d love to include you among my supporters.