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Thank you for the opportunity to serve you as your Representative on the King County Council.

I am proud to represent a vibrant community including parts of Kent, Renton, Des Moines, SeaTac, Burien, Normandy Park and Tukwila. These are unprecedented times as we all feel challenged by this daunting public health crisis that can keep us away from our jobs, family members and friends. 

Out of these challenges, we have the opportunity to reset our economy and include diverse voices at our decision-making tables. As an out gay elected official, I know first-hand how critical it is for voices that have historically been marginalized to be included in every policy making decision. 

I have fought tough progressive fights including opposing giveaways to large corporations when that money is so badly needed for affordable housing and our social safety net. I have opposed spending tax dollars that are too focused on downtown Seattle and not fairly invested in South King County.

I have used my experience to deliver results on local issues, whether saving Dick's Drive-In on Pac-Hwy, funding a new YMCA in Kent, or establishing a criminal justice diversion program in Burien. 

I'm excited to be your progressive voice on the King County Council. I would be honored to earn your vote again. 

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Community Focused


Authentic and accessible, Dave is immersed in the life of our diverse South King County community. His work on the council is informed by the voices and needs in our community—especially the voices of those facing injustice and those most often left behind. 


That’s why grassroots community leaders support his re-election.  


Progressive Vision


Always looking forward, Dave believes the key to a healthy and safe future is to invest in our youth, root out institutional racism in our criminal justice system, and take aggressive steps to address climate change and restore salmon habitat in the Green River.




A trusted and experienced leader, Dave has been a strong and steady hand during the King County public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  He has proven himself to be effective and able to deliver results for our community.



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" I support Dave because he’s a progressive leader that takes time to listen to and truly values his constituents. Over the last few years I have enjoyed his leadership as a county councilmember, and also his eagerness to get out and get involved with the community. As an LGBTQIA+ organizer, I find that Dave has been a commendable advocate and presence for the county. Re-elect Dave for King County Council!"
Winter Cashman-Crane Renton LGBTQ Activist (them/they)
"“Dave genuinely cares about issues impacting the communities he serves, particularly communities of color that have historically not always been served well by government. Dave cares enough to go into those communities to hear directly from folks rather than assume he knows best what these communities want and need. Relationships take time to build and nurture; Dave has taken that time to earn the trust of the community and we need his continued leadership and experience in these challenging times.” 
Jenn Ramirez-Robson
Dave shows up, listens to young people, and responds with action. He has worked with the community to pass progressive criminal justice reforms and secure funding for youth programs in South King County such as GloverEmpowerMentoring-GEM. He is always attentive to community concerns and has earned my respect and support.”
Kendrick Glover
“Dave has been a part of the grassroots effort on criminal justice reform, organizing and advocating on behalf of South King county constituents. I’ve seen his passion for justice first-hand and I trust him to continue his efforts in delivering results for King County.” 
Tamika Moss
“I have followed Dave Upthegrove's County Council activities since the beginning. Consistent feedback from people of all colors and backgrounds confirm Dave has served the diverse populations of South King County very well. I had the opportunity of meeting Dave once. The encounter was a meeting where Dave was sitting in a room with the leader and staff of a fledgling Black-operated nonprofit (at the nonprofit's office). Dave listened, provided feedback, and sought ways to help and support the organization. Subsequently, Dave's name has consistently came up within the organization and in the community in general, as a supporter for what is right, just, and for the common good. Dave is trusted, experienced, and effective. It's just hard to beat that folks.”
Melvin Tate
Congressman Adam Smith 
State Attorney General Bob Ferguson

State Treasurer Mike Pelliciotti

State Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz

State Auditor Pat McCarthy

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal

King County Executive Dow Constantine

State Senator Bob Hasegawa, 11th 

State Senator Karen Keiser, 33rd

State Senator Patty Kuderer, 48th

State Representative David Hackney, 11th 

State Representative Sharon Tomiko-Santos, 37th 

State Representative Javier Valdez, 46th

State Representative Tina Orwall, 33rd

State Representative Pat Sullivan, 47th

State Representative Steve Bergquist, 11th

State Representative Eileen Cody, 34th

State Representative Joe Fitzgibbon, 34th

State Representative Roger Goodman, 45th

State Representative Larry Springer, 45th 

State Representative Vandana Slatter, 48th 

State Representative Amy Walen, 48th 

King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci

King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles

King County Councilmember Joe McDermott

Port of Seattle Commissioner Sam Cho

Port of Seattle Commissioner Fred Felleman

Auburn City Councilmember Chris Stearns 

Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta 

Burien City Councilmember Pedro Olguin

Burien City Councilmember Sophia Aragon

Burien City Councilmember Nancy Tosta

Burien City Councilmember Kevin Schilling

Des Moines Councilmember Anthony Martinelli

Des Moines Councilmember JC Harris

Normandy Park Councilmember Susan West

Normandy Park Councilmember Shawn McEvoy

Normandy Park Councilmember Earnest Thompson

Renton Councilmember Ed Prince 

Renton Councilmember Ruth Perez 

Renton Councilmember Ryan McIrvin

Kent Councilmember Zandria Michaud

SeaTac Councilmember Tekele Gobena 

Federal Way Councilmember Lydia Assefa-Dawson

Renton School Board Avanti Bergquist 

Kent Councilmember Satwinder Kaur 

Kent Councilmember Brenda Fincher

Kirkland Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold

Kent School Board President Leslie Kae Hamada   

Kent School Board Maya Vengadasalam 

Kent School Board Denise Daniels 

Highline School Board Aaron Garcia 

Highline School Board Fa'Iza Bradford 

Highline School Board Angelica Alvarez 

Highline School Board Joe Van 

Highline School Board Bernie Dorsey

Federal Way School Board Jennifer Jones 

Mercer Island Deputy Mayor Wendy Weiker

Seattle Port Commissioner Sam Cho 

Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda

Highline Fire Commissioner Chris Elwell 

Justice Faith Ireland (ret.)

Justice Bobbe Bridge (ret.) 

Former King County Councilmember Larry Gossett

Former State Representative Eric Pettigrew, 37th

Former State Representative Kristine Reeves, 30th

Former State Representative Brady Walkinshaw, 43rd

Former State Representative Zack Hudgins, 11th 

Former Burien Councilmember Austin Bell

Former Kent Councilmember Dennis Higgins

Former King County Councilmember Julia Patterson 

Former Governor Chris Gregoire


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Hamdi Abdule

Soleil Lewis

Meg Tapulco-Provo

Shamso Issak

Awale Farah

Maya Mendoza

Mauricio Ayon

Patty Delgado

Hira Singh Bhular

Lydia Assefa-Dawson

Floribert Mubalama

Virginia Herrera

Yaya Algharib

Maya Vengadasalam

Denise Daniels

Tahmina Martelly

Preeti Shridar

Ravi Sanga

Kendrick Glover

Sonja Joseph

Tamika Moss

Almodine Thompson

Lupita Torres

Ginger Kwan

Mirya Munoz-Roach

Mark Okazaki

Barbara Phillips

Karan Gill 

Juan Cotto

Don Bennett

Nick Boyle

Conor Bronsdon

Anant Mehta

Jackie Boschock

Elaine Chu

Becca Ritchie

Ivan Weiss

Michael Wolfe, former Chair 37th Dems

Aden Hussein

Yasmin Aden

Carol Barber

Raman Khanna

Damiana Merryweather 

Debbie Carlsen

Melia LaCour

Sarah Toce

Davies Chirwa 

Irene Danysh