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Council Position 1

John Stokes

John Stokes

P.O. Box 50132

Bellevue, WA 98015

(425) 644-5987

Education: J.D., George Washington University Law School; B.A, Political Science, Texas Tech University
Occupation: Bellevue City Councilmember; Former Bellevue Mayor; Retired Attorney

After two terms representing you, I’m proud of my proven track record standing up for all of Bellevue—seniors, children, working families, and neighbors across our city.


As co-founder of Eastside Pathways, a Bellevue Schools Foundation Trustee, and a PTA leader, I’ve fought for investments in our students and to close the opportunity gap. Serving on the Eastside Transportation Partnership Committee, I’ve expanded transit options to increase mobility and reduce traffic. As a member of conservation committees, I’ve fought for clean water, salmon and essential environmental protections. I’ve also led the passage of the Downtown Livability Initiative to better prepare us for growth, density, and preservation of our neighborhoods and communities.


My thoughtful, positive, and effective approach to governing has earned me the support of: The Seattle Times, Congressman Smith, Lt. Governor Habib, Executive Constantine, County Councilmember Balducci, every Bellevue legislator, Mayor Chelminiak, Deputy Mayor Robinson, Councilmember Zahn, Bellevue Firefighters, Democrats, Eastside Business Alliance, Affordable Housing Council, Sierra Club, Realtors, and WA Bikes.


As we continue to grow, it’s clear we have new challenges ahead of us and more work to do. I would greatly appreciate your support for another four years of pragmatic, progressive leadership and productive, meaningful solutions.

Holly Zhang

Holly Zhang

P.O. Box 6845

Bellevue, WA 98008

(425) 577-7253

Education: Attended Edmonds Community College and University of Washington
Occupation: Founder and CEO of Holly Zhang Pearl Gallery in Bellevue

Holly Zhang, 45 years old, youthful and energetic, is a successful Bellevue businesswoman. She has a proven track record of community involvement by investing her time, energy and leadership into building a successful business that has provided job opportunities and contributed to Bellevue’s economy. Additionally, Holly has led numerous charity events for many years which have benefited hospitals statewide.


Holly brings fresh ideas to reboot Bellevue: 1. Two term limit on Council Members: inhibit the opportunity for corruption. 2. Traffic congestion: replace large buses in the city with smaller buses, increase the frequency on some routes, and go into neighborhoods. 3. Families: Seek solutions to daycare for 6 month – 3 year olds, liaise with local school boards to provide before and after school programs. 4. Fiscal responsibility: Transparency for all spending programs. 5. Crime prevention: Focus on police synergy with neighboring cities.


Holly overcame poverty and adversity as a young girl in rural China.  She and her husband have a daughter who turns 2 in September.  As a beneficiary of the American dream, she knows that is important to ensure all Bellevue residents have the support necessary to lead productive lives in a safe environment.

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