Larry Phillips, representative of the Fourth District on the King County Council, announced today that he would not be seeking reelection and will finish up in his position at the end of the year.
Phillips has been in the position since 1992.
The Fourth District of the Council serves our neighborhood in addition to northern Downtown, Belltown, South Lake Union, Uptown, Queen Anne, Interbay, Magnolia, Fremont, Wallingford, Green Lake, Phinney Ridge, Bitter Lake, Broadview, Crown Hill, Greenwood, North Beach, and the western portion of Northgate.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of King County and the region, representing the Fourth District on the King County Council. It has been inspiring to be consistently immersed in the decision making of our region in meeting the many challenges—and changes—of the past two decades,” says Phillips.
Phillips confirmed that his decision to retire from the position has not come easily and hopes to help our region in new ways in the future.
“For voters of the Fourth Council District it is now time to begin setting about choosing a new leader. Whoever they ultimately choose, it will take optimism and constructive intelligence, as well as tenacity and a willingness to master the details of local and regional government to effectively meet the challenges of our times and near future,” says Phillips.
Phillips points to persistent growth, mobility and infrastructure demands, income inequality and wealth disparity, natural resource protection, enhanced fiscal resources, and above all, climate change adaptation and mitigation as some of the issues that the new Councilmember will have to tackle.
“I also truly appreciate the support of the voters who have returned me to office, as well as all those who have fought alongside me to promote the values we share and to meet the challenges we faced,” says Phillips.
A new candidate to represent the Fourth District will be chosen by voters in the King County Council elections this fall.
Photo courtesy of Larry Phillips.