Mayor Larson is running for the open seat to be vacated by Rep. Chad Magendanz, who will be challenging Senator Mark Mullet for his senate seat this year.
Larson is a former small business owner and has served three terms as Mayor of Snoqualmie. He has held various other local positions including Mayor Pro‐Tem, City Council member, past chair of the Planning Commission, Parks Board member, and as the elected President of the Sound Cities Association, a regional organization composed of 36 cities throughout King County.
“I have been proud to call East King County my home for over 16 years and look forward to taking my track record of fiscal accountability and regional leadership to Olympia to get results for 5th District residents,” said Larson who helped guide the City of Snoqualmie through a period of unprecedented growth. “Throughout my time as Mayor we have worked to grow our city in a smart way while making sure we protect parks, open space, and maintain high quality police and fire services for local residents.”
The city of Snoqualmie has been one of the fastest growing cities in Washington surging from a population of 1,600 in 1998 to over 13,000 today. Throughout his tenure as mayor, Larson has overseen the building of nearly 4,000 new homes, 38 new city parks, 29 miles of trails, the construction of a new City Hall, library, community center, and public works facility, as well as new police and fire stations to help meet community needs.
Larson’s work earned him the honor of 2012 Elected Official of the Year by the Alliance of Eastside Agencies, an association of more than 50 health and human-services organizations and governments serving East King County. In 2015, Money Magazine selected Snoqualmie as #5 for “Best Places to Live in America”.
“I’m running for the legislature to help forge compromise and get results on the most pressing issues facing our region,” said Larson. “When it comes to traffic congestion, school funding, climate change, and growing our economy we need leaders who can find common ground – it’s time to come together, Republicans and Democrats, to make progress for local families.”
Larson announced his campaign with an big list of early bipartisan endorsements in place, including King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci, State Sen. Mark Mullett, State Rep. Larry Springer, State Rep. Joan McBride, Maple Valley Mayor Sean Kelly, Carnation Mayor Jim Berger, Duvall Mayor Will Ibershof, Renton Mayor Dennis Law, Covington Mayor Jeff Wagner, Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen, Woodinville Mayor Bernie Talmus, Sammamish City Council Member and former Mayor Kathy Huckabay, Kirkland City Council Member and former Deputy Mayor Penny Sweet, and President of the Fall City Community Association Ashley Glennon.
Mayor Larson is in the second year of a 4-year mayoral term, having been re-elected for in November 2014. In January 2016, Councilman Bob Jeans was elected Mayor pro tem. If elected, it is assumed, Mayor Larson would vacate his mayoral seat, but is not known yet if there would be a special election to re-place him or if the mayor pro tem would take over.
Larson grew up in a military family and has lived in Washington for the past 30 years. He and his wife Jennifer have been married for 31 years and have four children, ages 18 to 25.