King County Leaders put their support behind Joe McDermott for Congress


Seattle, WA (March 21, 2016) — Elected leaders from around King County have joined King County Executive Dow Constantine and Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson in supporting King County Council Chair Joe McDermott’s campaign for Congress. Today they join the ever-growing list of local leaders who recognize that Joe’s proven track record of results is exactly what the Seventh Congressional District needs.

Joining as public supporters of Joe’s campaign are…

Sharon Tomiko Santos, Representative — 37th Legislative District
Eileen Cody, Representative — 34th Legislative District
Claudia Balducci, Councilmember — King County Council
Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Councilmember — King County Council
Dave Upthegrove, Councilmember — King County Council
Julia Patterson, former Councilmember — King County Council
John Arthur Wilson, Assessor — King County

Leaders are lining up behind Joe because they have seen his effectiveness in our state and county, and are thrilled to have him continue that work in Congress.

“Joe is the clear choice in this election if we want our next member of Congress to deliver real results for Washington families,” said Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos. “I’ve seen firsthand Joe work collaboratively with fellow legislators and community leaders to move progressive policy forward and create an equitable community. That’s the kind of proven leadership we need in Washington, DC right now, and I’m excited that we have the opportunity to send Joe back there to make it happen.”

Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles noted McDermott’s record of accomplishments. “Joe is a proven, effective leader who can make a real impact in Congress for working families in Washington and around the country,” said Councilmember Kohl-Welles. “I’ve worked with Joe both at the King County Council and in the Legislature and have always been impressed by his passion and effectiveness in getting things done. From passing critical civil rights laws for the LGBT community to pushing for expanded paid family leave for King County employees, Joe delivers.”

McDermott lives in West Seattle with his husband Michael. He currently serves as the Chair of the King County Council and has previously represented the 34th Legislative District in both the Washington House and Senate. Joe is a current board member for Sound Transit and the King County Board of Health where he recently served as Chair. His civic activities and memberships include the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Vashon Allied Arts, the Highline Historical Society, and the Greater Seattle Business Association.