Dave Upthegrove announces candidacy for Julia Patterson’s Council seat

State Representative Dave Upthegrove on Tuesday (April 30) announced his campaign for King County Council Position #5, being vacated by Councilmember Julia Patterson, who is retiring this year.

Born and raised in South King County, Upthegrove began his public service as Senior Legislative Assistant to then-Senator Patterson (D-SeaTac).

In 2001, Dave was appointed by the King County Council to fill a legislative vacancy and has been elected five times. As a legislator, he helped secure funding for light rail in SeaTac to help commuters and prioritized improvements to congested intersections in Kent to ensure freight mobility.

He represents the communities of SeaTac, Des Moines, Normandy Park, Burien, Tukwila, Renton and Kent.

Here’s more from his website:

Dave also passed legislation to clean up toxics in the soil in playgrounds in Highline and Kent, and has kept local parks– such as Saltwater State Park and Flaming Geyser State Park off the closure lists. For this, Dave was recognized by the Washington Conservation Voters in 2011 as the Legislator of the Year.

Among his leadership positions in government and community, his passions are his service on the Board of the Matt Griffin YMCA in SeaTac and his volunteer work with the We The People and Project Citizen civic education programs in our local public schools.

Seeking balance in his life, and following a passion, Dave recently left a position on the King County Council staff to become certified as a basketball official. He now works professionally, part-time, as a basketball referee for youth and adult basketball leagues throughout the region.

Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Conservation with a minor in Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Certificate in Energy Policy Planning from the University of Idaho.

“It’s hard to imagine someone in South County who has a better understanding of local government or has a tighter connection to this community. Dave Upthegrove will hit the ground running and serve this community with distinction,” said King County Councilmember Julia Patterson.

Dave Upthegrove was born and raised in South King County. He attended Lakeside High School before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental conservation from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Upthegrove is currently Chair of the Environment Committee and also serves on the Local Government and Transportation Committees.

Dave is a former chair of the Select Committee on Puget Sound. He has been involved in education policy, sponsoring and passing legislation to improve the teaching of civics and to better meet the needs of recent immigrant students. Upthegrove has led high-profile environmental initiatives to clean up Puget Sound and to clean up soil at schools and day cares contaminated by a local Asarco copper smelter. For this, the Washington Conservation Voters named Dave Upthegrove their “Legislator Of The Year” in 2011.

“I’ve spent 12 years now working in Olympia learning the ins and outs of the laws that govern our region. I’ve worked with our businesses, our cities, our human services organizations, our labor unions and our groups working to protect our environment and our quality of life. This is and always will be my home. That’s why I want deepen my level of public service as the next member of the King County Council,” said Dave Upthegrove.

King County Council Position 5 serves the communities of Burien, Des Moines, Kent, Normandy Park, Renton, SeaTac, Tukwila and parts of unincorporated South King County.

Learn more at upthegrove.com.

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