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  Sims, Ron
NameRon Sims
Seattle, Washington , United States
Born July 05, 1948 (74 years)
Last ModifedDavid
Jan 10, 2022 10:20pm
Tags Black - Married - Baptist -
InfoRonald Cordell "Ron" 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.

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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Start Date End Date Type Title Contributor

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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