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Council District No. 8

Joe McDermott

Joe McDermott

PO Box 16254

Seattle, WA 98116

(206) 937-4184

Education: M.P.A., University of Washington; B.A., Gonzaga University; Executive Education Program, Kennedy School, Harvard University
Occupation: King County Councilmember; previous: State Legislator, Senior Budget Analyst

As your King County Councilmember, Sound Transit Boardmember and member of the King County Board of Health – building a just, equitable and thriving King County is the mission for my work every day.


Good transit means opportunity for everyone. That’s why I am leading the effort to secure a tunnel for light rail into West Seattle, delivering Rapid Ride bus service to Delridge and Burien, and ensuring Metro and Sound Transit prioritize equitable fares and fare enforcement. Solving our homelessness crisis means solving our housing crisis, which is why I passed legislation dedicating $660 million in lodging taxes to affordable housing and am shaping the Council’s work creating a coordinated, regional response for homeless services.


A welcoming King County means a safe King County. That’s why I introduced and passed the King County Gun Safety Action Plan last year, common sense laws and programs focused on saving lives. And I developed the Immigrant and Refugee Resilience Fund and sponsored the Immigrant and Refugee Commission to support residents across the County.


I would be honored to continue this mission, from Tukwila to White Center, Burien to Vashon, West Seattle to First Hill, together with you for the next four years.

Michael Robert Neher

Michael Robert Neher

7266 8th Ave S

Seattle, WA 98108

Occupation: Engineering Administrator, Markey Machinery; Former Community Organizer, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington

In February 2018, I attended a social event organized by a group of concerned Seattle voters. As the event began, everyone introduced themselves and their issues of concern. They spoke of close calls with violent, intoxicated individuals, inadequate police response times and the need to get our most vulnerable off the streets. Every single speaker was almost apologetic for voicing their concerns for their family, neighbors and their City.  


That night I decided to help these voters in their efforts to reclaim the City of Seattle for their families and neighbors. I am most proud of my efforts that helped stop the head tax and assisting efforts to hold local government accountable.


My goal is to represent the citizens of my district with honesty, dignity and transparency. We are in desperate need of councilmembers that work for us and our needs as a community. We must realign spending priorities and stop funding failing programs in order to get the money to people that need support. Heroin injection sites should be banned, and funding provided for treatment and counseling.


I will bring your concerns and issues to the council and will fight for all of the people in my district.

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