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Council District No. 5

Shukri Olow

Shukri Olow

PO BOX 6342

KENT, WA 98064

(253) 778-6492



Education: Seattle University: Ed.D (Educational Leadership and Organizational Learning); MPA, B.A. Public Affairs
Occupation: Youth Development Lead, Best Starts for Kids, King County

Our diverse South King County communities deserve authentic representation on King County Council. As an immigrant, former refugee, and product of Kent public housing, I am of this community. I have lived the challenges that so many members of our community face, and felt the beauty of this community that supported me when I needed it most. For 14 years, I have served the same community that supported me - connecting families to life changing resources like public housing, affordable childcare, education, and healthcare. 


Our neighbors have spoken. It’s time for new leadership with lived experience. 


Our mission is beyond politics. Together, we will create an environment where every corner of our district can thrive. Our community-created priorities reflect this: *Building affordable housing as a human right, and increasing tenant protections to prevent housing instability and displacement that disproportionately burdens households of color and low-income families; *Bending the legal system toward justice by investing in alternatives to incarceration through a public health response to social safety; *Investing in public health and human services to provide mental health and trauma-informed care to our communities reeling from the COVID-19 crisis; *Supporting small businesses overlooked by federal and local pandemic assistance to fully recover from the economic downturn.


If elected, it will not just be my voice on the King County Council. It will be yours. It will be the voices of all residents looking to be heard and valued by our democracy.


Endorsed by King County Democrats, Washington Housing Alliance Action Fund, SEIU 775, 925, & 1199NW, OneAmerica Votes, Alliance for Gun Responsibility, The Urbanist, Transit Riders Union; Elected leaders, including State Representatives Debra Entenman, David Hackney, Jamila Taylor and Kirsten Harris-Talley, Burien Deputy Mayor Krystal Marx, Tukwila City Councilmember Cynthia Delostrinos Johnson, Highline School Board Director Fa’izah Bradford, and many more.



Dave Upthegrove

Dave Upthegrove


SEATAC, WA 98188

Education: BA in Environmental Conservation, University of Colorado, Graduate Certificate in Energy Policy, University of Idaho
Occupation: Current King County Councilmember, former 33rd District State Representative

Endorsed by more than 100 leaders from communities of color in South King County, I work hard as your King County Councilmember to treat everyone in our community with respect.


The first COVID death in the nation was in King County, and our county public health department was the front line of defense. I am proud that by following the science and supporting our public health professionals, we have the lowest COVID rate of any major urban county in the continental United States.


As we emerge from this pandemic, our region faces serious challenges. We need to get homeless individuals off the street and into housing with services. We need to prioritize public safety and our first responders while improving accountability, transparency, and justice for all.  We all deserve to feel safe in our community. We need to support local small businesses to help boost our economy and create jobs and economic opportunity for all.


The solutions to homelessness, public safety and our economy aren’t going to come from Seattle. They will come from those of us here in South King County working together to solve problems. These are serious times, and I will use my experience and proven leadership to fight for our community and deliver results. Nobody will work harder for South King County. I would be honored to earn your vote.


Endorsed:  King County Democrats, King County Labor Council, Sierra Club, Teachers (WEA), Nurses (SEIU 1199), Firefighters (IAFF), Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Congressman Adam Smith, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Senators Karen Keiser and Bob Hasegawa, Representatives David Hackney, Tina Orwall, Pat Sullivan, Sharon Tomiko-Santos, and Joe Fitzgibbon, Renton Mayor Armando Pavone, Renton City Council President Ruth Perez, Renton Councilmember Ed Prince, Kent Councilmembers Satwinder Kaur and Brenda Fincher, and many other trusted local leaders.

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