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Kent City Council appoints Marli Larimer to fill vacant seat

Larimer will serve on the Economic Development and Parks and Human Services Committees

Post Date:06/13/2018 9:12 am

After interviewing seven finalists at a special city council meeting last night, Kent City Council unanimously selected Marli Larimer to fill the seat previously held by Tina Budell. As part of Larimer’s role, she will serve on the Economic and Community Development and the Parks and Human Services Committees. 

A graduate of Kentwood High School and the University of Washington, Larimer is a digital product manager for Starbucks and a married mother of two school-age children in the Kent School District. As an active community volunteer, Larimer has worked with the Evergreen City Ballet, Soos Creek Elementary PTA and Girls Scouts of Western Washington. In addition, she helped organize the Kent Community Unity Rally in 2017. 

“We had some excellent candidates to choose from. Each brought something different to the table, but we only had one spot to fill,” said Council President Bill Boyce. “We chose Marli because we thought she would be a good fit for the existing council. She’s a visionary and passionate about economic development and parks. We are really looking forward to making her a part of the team.” 

“I'm excited to roll up my sleeves and get to work with the Council and Mayor Ralph to tackle the tough issues facing our city. The city can't tackle the fiscal cliff alone.  We have to continue to have open, productive dialog with our residents and our regional and state partners in order to generate new ideas and fresh thinking. I want to make sure our economic development is smart, fair and balances the needs of both our business community and our families,” said Larimer. 

After being selected, Larimer was sworn in by Mayor Dana Ralph. She will attend her first council meeting on Tuesday, June 19. 

Kent is the sixth largest city in Washington with a population over 128,000. A culturally rich destination, Kent features captivating neighborhoods, award-winning parks, exceptional school districts and nationally accredited police and fire departments. In recent years, Kent has experienced impressive economic growth, and is nationally known as a prime location for manufacturing. For more information, visit

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