King County Councilmember Larry Phillips, long a fixture on the state’s largest county’s legislative body, announced today he has decided not to run again in November and will retire at the end of the year, when his current term expires.
“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,” Phillips said in a statement posted to his website. “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.”
“But now it is time to set a new course; consequently I do not intend to seek re-election this fall to the King County Council.”
“This decision is not reached easily. While I still possess the energy and desire to help our region meet the many challenges growth poses to our quality of life, and remain committed to preserving the values we hold close in this unique and beautiful home we share, I hope to do so in new ways.”
Phillips has served many times as council chair, and is a tireless advocate for strengthening our transit system and protecting our environment.
Phillips’ decision to retire will almost surely set off a big scramble for his seat, possibly including several state legislators (who won’t have to risk their own seats to run for Phillips’ seat) and maybe even a current city councilmember or two.
The 4th County Council District is situated in north Seattle and takes in a significant number of neighborhoods.
As we get reaction to the news of Phillips’ retirement, we’ll update this post.