Meet Dow

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Growing up, Dow learned early about the power of collective action when an oil company tried to take over his grandparents’ community. But it was just the wake-up call he needed, that bloomed into a lifetime of public service.

Dow was born and raised in West Seattle. His parents were public school teachers. During his summers, he spent his time at the cabin his millworker grandfather built with his own hands on Snohomish County’s Port Susan Bay.

When the threat of a major oil port on the bay galvanized the community to successful action, a young Dow learned the power of grassroots politics and the rule of law – lessons that would guide his future public service career.

Born to a long line of devoted Huskies, Dow graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in political science, MA in Urban Planning, and his law degree.

In 1996 Dow won election to Washington’s House of Representatives.

In 1998, he was re-elected and became co-chair of the House Judiciary Committee. He was elected to the State Senate. Here he served as vice-chair of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, and vice- chair of the Judiciary Committee.

In early 2002, when Councilmember Nickels became Seattle’s mayor, Dow was appointed to the King County Council where he fought for policies to advance King County for nine years before being elected to King County Executive in 2009.

As King County Executive, Dow has fought for progressive policies that put people first — no matter where they started their life.

Dow, Shirley, and their daughter little Sabrina live in the West Seattle neighborhood where Dow was raised—the next generation of the family to call this special region home.

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