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Council District No. 2

Girmay Zahilay

Girmay Zahilay

401 2ND AVE S. STE #303


Education: Stanford University (B.S.), University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D.), Franklin High School
Occupation: King County Councilmember

I have the honor of representing the district that raised me. When I drive south on Rainier, it feels like I’m watching a highlight reel from my life. I catch glimpses of myself learning how to ride a bike at New Holly, playing high school basketball for Franklin, and renting movies with my family at the old Hollywood Video.


When I take that drive these days, I see all the opportunities and challenges before us in District 2. The skyrocketing cost of living is forcing people to work double shifts to pay for half the groceries. The lack of affordable homes has pushed our neighbors to live on street corners. Staffing shortages have led countless people to live in crisis without the immediate attention of first responders.


In my first four years on the Council, my team and I have led major efforts to address these problems. My office formulated and passed one of the largest investments in mental health and addiction recovery in our state’s history with the Crisis Care Centers initiative. My office uplifted Skyway, leading to unprecedented investment in this neighborhood’s housing, transit, and community infrastructure. My office championed the building of thousands of homes across King County by co-sponsoring Health through Housing, home ownership initiatives, Tiny House villages, the Youth Achievement Center, and more. My office passed historic tenant protections to keep people in their homes in the wake of a global pandemic. My office created new gun violence prevention strategies to reduce the shootings in key areas around the district. These are just a fraction of our efforts but much more is needed.


I am running for a second term on the King County Council to continue the work of keeping our communities safe, housed, and healthy. I hope to earn your vote.

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