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City of Kent

Council Position No. 4

Cliff Cawthon

Cliff Cawthon

11305 SE 228TH PL

KENT, WA 98031

(206) 747-7694

Education: Masters degree in Human Rights, Political Science. Bachelor's degree in Political Science, minor in Philosophy.
Occupation: Professor of Political Science. Housing Coalition Strategy Manager, Sightline Institute.

For years, I have organized with faith leaders, unions, youth, community leaders, and Kent residents so that our government protects renters, workers, and balances our tax code for working families. I’ve also seen some in our city government fail to meet the needs of Kent's residents and even promote costly policies that directly ignore our needs and values. I decided to run for Kent City Council to bring the change that we need.


As East Hill homeowners, my wife and I know the issues facing our community. As an experienced policy advocate, I have the experience and relationships needed to legislate effectively. We need more housing for our families as well as renter protections. We need equitable city planning that ensures quality parks, roads, and services for all. And we need a police department committed to accountability and a public safety plan that keeps us all safe.


My proven record of delivering community wins has earned me endorsements from the King County Democrats, Working Families Party, MLK Labor Council, Congressman Adam Smith, Senator Mona Das, Representative Debra Entenman, Kent City Councilmembers Satwinder Kaur and Marli Larimer, UFCW Local 21 and numerous other leaders and elected officials. I appreciate your vote!

Toni Troutner

Toni Troutner

22825 96TH PL S

KENT, WA 98031

(253) 951-7765

Education: Bachelor of Arts, Western Washington University
Occupation: Small business owner, Market Research Analyst

As your City Council President during these last four years, every decision I have made has been to support Kent families and strengthen our city. From ensuring our small businesses and community groups received emergency relief, to leading the council to make investments in our infrastructure, public safety, parks and human services programs—I’m completely committed to making our city thrive.


I’m devoted to making Kent a great place to live and work for everyone, which is why I have taken several votes to maintain and expand our selection of housing and transit options. I will also continue to be a strong advocate for policies that advance racial equity and inclusion.


While representing Kent around the region, I have ensured that we receive our fair share of funding while building partnerships to bolster our economy and attract new investments, businesses and industries.


I have the experience, knowledge, and track record to keep our community moving in the right direction. I’m proud to be endorsed by Kent firefighters, police officers, my colleagues, and regional leaders.  I would be honored to have your vote in this election so that I can continue working for you.

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