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  Sims, Ron
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AffiliationDemocratic  
 
NameRon Sims
Address
Seattle, Washington , United States
Emailron@ronsims.com
Websitehttp://www.ronsims.com/
Born July 05, 1948 (71 years)
ContributorRalphie
Last ModifedRBH
Mar 22, 2015 04:15am
Tags Black - Liberal - Pro Environment - Pro-Choice - Pro-Gay Marriage - Pro-Labor - Married - Baptist -
InfoRonald Cordell Sims

King County Council 1986-1996
King County Executive 1996-Present

Born in Spokane, Washington in 1948, Ron Sims spent the first 18 years of his life in Eastern Washington. Residents of Spokane for 56 years, Ron's parents were active in both civil rights and poverty programs in their community. His father, Reverend, James C. Sims Sr., pastor of New Hope Baptist Church, worked for the Washington State Office of Community Development and Ron's mother, Lydia T. Sims was the first African American department head in the history of the City of Spokane.

Ron attended public schools and graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane. He went on to Central Washington University (CWU) in Ellensburg where he served as student body president in his senior year. Ron graduated from CWU with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

Ron, his wife Cayan and three sons, Douglas, Daniel and Aaron live in Seattle's Mt. Baker neighborhood.

Ron Sims has dedicated his life to public service. After graduating from college he worked in the Consumer Protection Division of the Washington State Attorney General's office. He later went on to the Federal Trade Commission where he fought against consumer fraud and abuse. Recruited to run the City of Seattle's juvenile offender program, Ron remained head of the program until becoming a legislative aide in the Washington State Senate.

An active volunteer, Ron has a long history of community involvement. As a lay minister Ron volunteered for Operation Nightwatch, which serves homeless individuals in the City of Seattle. A long-time football and baseball coach for the Rainier Valley sports leagues, Ron was also a regular tutor at Meany Middle School for many years. Founder of both Pista sa Nayon, Seattle's Filipino American Community Festival, and the Paul Robeson Scholar Athlete Awards, which honors young athletes who excel in education, Ron's community dedication has been felt in every corner of the Puget Sound region. An election observer for the Carter Center in both Zambia and the Republic of Georgia, Ron's public service career expands well beyond Washington State.

It was Ron's term as Board President for South East Effective Development (SEED), a neighborhood advocacy organization focused on economic development located in southeast Seattle that launched his political career.

Ron was first elected to the King County Council in 1985 and was overwhelmingly re-elected twice. While on the council Ron was known as an important workhorse, producing real results in the areas of the environment, education, the county budget, public safety, and the protection of worker rights. In 1987, in only his first term of office, Ron successfully lead the effort to rename King County in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In 1996 Ron was appointed King County Executive after his predecessor Gary Locke was elected Governor. The next year Ron was overwhelmingly elected to run Washington State's largest county. Now in his second term, Ron manages the 13th largest county in the United States with a workforce of over 13,000 and a budget of $3.1 billion.

Like his father, Ron is an ordained Baptist minister.


JOB APPROVAL POLLS
DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
01/04/2009-01/05/2009 Survey USA 30.00% ( 5.0) 55.00% ( 5.0) 15.00% ( 0.0)
11/30/2008-12/01/2008 Survey USA 35.00% ( 0.0) 50.00% ( 0.0) 15.00% ( 0.0)

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NEWS
Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Jan 15, 2007 01:00pm Blog Entry Ron Sims actively seeking a lucrative exit?  Article Ralphie 
Mar 14, 2006 01:00pm News Sims' plan to relocate office nixed by council  Article Ralphie 
Mar 09, 2006 02:00pm Perspective [Ron] Sims attacks critic of office move  Article Ralphie 
Feb 10, 2005 12:00am Oops Sims defends election system  Article None Entered 

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RACES
  05/06/2009 Deputy Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/08/2005 King County [WA] Executive Won 55.62% (+16.05%)
  09/20/2005 King County [WA] Executive - D Primary Won 70.48% (+50.59%)
  09/14/2004 WA Governor - D Primary Lost 29.72% (-35.90%)
  11/06/2001 King County Executive Won 60.79% (+25.82%)
  11/04/1997 Metropolitan King County Executive Won 65.46% (+30.92%)
  12/31/1996 Metropolitan King County Executive - Appointment Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/08/1994 WA US Senate Lost 44.25% (-11.50%)
  09/20/1994 WA US Senate - Blanket Primary Won 17.47% (+0.00%)
  11/02/1993 King County Council - District 5 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/07/1989 King County Council - District 5 Won 83.05% (+66.09%)
  11/05/1985 King County Council - District 5 Won 77.44% (+54.89%)
ENDORSEMENTS
Seattle City Council - District 4 - Primary - Aug 06, 2019 N Alex Pedersen
Seattle City Council - District 6 - Primary - Aug 06, 2019 D Heidi Wills
Seattle City Council - District 2 - Primary - Aug 04, 2015 D Bruce Harrell
Seattle City Council - District 3 - Primary - Aug 04, 2015 N Pamela Banks
WA Supreme Court - Pos. 9 Primary - Aug 07, 2012 D John Ladenburg
WA Treasurer - Blanket Primary - Aug 19, 2008 D Jim McIntire
WA State Senate District 40 - Open Primary - Aug 19, 2008 D Kevin Ranker
WA US President - D Primary - Feb 19, 2008 D Hillary Clinton
WA US President - D Caucus - Feb 09, 2008 D Hillary Clinton
Seattle City Council - Pos. 7 - Nov 06, 2007 D David Della
Port of Seattle Commission - Position 5 - Aug 21, 2007 D Alec Fisken
Port of Seattle Commission - Position 2 - Aug 21, 2007 R Bob Edwards
Seattle City Council - Pos. 3 - Primary - Aug 21, 2007 D Bruce Harrell
WA House District 43 Seat 1 - D Primary - Sep 19, 2006 D Jim Street
Metropolitan King County Council District 1 - Nov 08, 2005 D Carolyn Edmonds
Port of Seattle Commissioner - Pos. 1 - Nov 08, 2005 D Lawrence T. Molloy
Seattle City Council - Pos. 8 - Primary - Sep 20, 2005 D Dwight Pelz
King County Council District 1 - D Primary - Sep 20, 2005 D Carolyn Edmonds
WA Supreme Court Pos. 1 - Primary - Sep 14, 2004 N Robert Alsdorf
Seattle City Council - Pos. 1 - Primary - Sep 16, 2003 D Kollin Min