Metropolitan King County Councilmember Larry Phillips speaks at the May 2013 celebration of Smith Cove Park’s expansion. Photo courtesy of Larry Phillips
Metropolitan King County Councilmember Larry Phillips speaks at the May 2013 celebration of Smith Cove Park’s expansion. Photo courtesy of Larry Phillips

Metropolitan King County Councilmember Larry Phillips has announced that he will not seek reelection this fall. He has represented District 4, which includes Queen Anne and Magnolia, since 1992.

“This decision is not reached easily,” Phillips, chair of the council and a Magnolia resident, said in a prepared statement. “While I still possess the energy and desire to help our region meet the many challenges growth poses to our quality of life, and remain committed to preserving the values we hold close in this unique and beautiful home we share, I hope to do so in new ways.”

The Municipal League of Seattle named Phillips the 2001 Public Official of the Year, and the 43rd District Democrats recognized him as the 2010 Public Official of the Year.

Among his accomplishments, Phillips has served as a Sound Transit board member, serving as chair of the Central Link Oversight Committee; co-chairs and helped found Climate Communities; and sponsored King County’s Green Jobs Initiative.