On Thursday, Feb. 28, Kent City Councilmember Marli Larimer declared her candidacy for election to retain her City Council seat.

This will be the first time Larimer seeks election since being appointed to the council in 2018.

Here’s more from her announcement:

Marli has an extensive professional background as a communications, marketing and business professional for major corporations throughout the region including Starbucks and Amazon where she currently works.

Over the past several months, Marli has earned the respect of her council colleagues by doing her research, showing up prepared and diving into the work on behalf of the residents of Kent. During her time on council she voted to pass a sustainable city budget which funds critical services that residents can count on for years to come, including adding additional police officers to our community. Marli has been a staunch advocate for our parks and human services programs as well as economic development including affordable housing.

“I want to continue to focus issues on impacting the most vulnerable in our community including seniors, adults with disabilities, youth, and families struggling to make ends meet. I will also continue to focus on economic development to ensure that there is an opportunity for every Kent resident that wants a good paying job close to home,” Larimer said.

“When I was appointed to the council, I saw it as an opportunity to give back to my community in a meaningful way. I’m a wife, a working mom with two kids, and a full time employee at Amazon – I know how busy life can be. I think it is important we have someone on the Council who knows firsthand the needs of Kent’s working families. We all want the same things in our community: good schools, clean parks, safe neighborhoods and economic opportunity for all. I want to continue working with the City and community groups to make those things happen,” said Larimer.

Along with declaring her candidacy, Larimer announced the endorsements of Kent Mayor Dana Ralph, City Council President Bill Boyce and fellow Councilmembers Les Thomas, Satwinder Kaur, and Dennis Higgins.

“Since joining the Council, I have learned a lot about the City’s priorities and operations. I’m committed to sharing this knowledge with residents in an open and honest way. I want every resident of Kent to have a sense of ownership of what is happening at City Hall. I have more to learn and important conversations to continue. I would be honored to represent Kent residents in the upcoming term to continue the important work I’ve started on their behalf,” said Larimer.

More information is available at www.MarliLarimer.com.

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