Joe McDermott sworn in as West Seattle’s County Councilmember

As of this afternoon, West Seattle’s Joe McDermott is the newest member of the King County Council, representing District 8, which also includes White Center and Vashon/Maury Islands. In the county-provided photo above, he was sworn in by Clerk of the Council Anne Noris, hours after the November 2nd election results were certified. The official news release announcing his swearing-in quotes Councilmember McDermott as saying, ““I am honored the voters of the 8th Council District chose me to serve them in a position that has a long legacy of strong, effective leadership … We must work together to provide meaningful and efficient government services with an eye to the future. We cannot let today’s economic crisis keep us from meeting our commitments in regional planning, environmental stewardship and public safety.” McDermott spent the past decade in the State Legislature, in the State Senate since 2007, following seven years in the State House. On the nine-member County Council, he succeeds Jan Drago, appointed early this year after the November 2009 election moved Dow Constantine up to County Executive; this election was for the remaining year of Constantine’s unexpired term, so the position will be back on the ballot in November 2011. Final certified results of this election are here; McDermott had 68 percent of the vote, Diana Toledo – also a West Seattleite – 32 percent. They were the top two finishers from a field of four in the August primary.

3 Replies to "Joe McDermott sworn in as West Seattle's County Councilmember"

  • Pete November 24, 2010 (6:58 pm)

    Also, congrats to fellow food bank board member Shannon Braddock who will be Joe’s Chief of Staff.

  • West Seattle Guy November 24, 2010 (9:32 pm)

    If McDermott is smart he’ll keep Mike Heavey on as a hold-over from Jan Drago’s office. Heavey is a sharp cookie and will do a great job of putting legs under Joe, who is otherwise coming in unfamiliar with the workings of King County. Yes, Joe has legislator experience but it is in Olympia and primarily signing off on other’s bills. Now he must stand on his own and Heavey will help him do that.

  • soccer nona November 25, 2010 (2:27 pm)

    Congratulations, Joe. Make us all proud.

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