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Ron Sims, born in 1948, is currently the King County Executive. He has twice run unsuccessfully for higher office: United States Senator in 1994 and Governor of Washington in 2004. 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... King County is located in the U.S. state of Washington. ... Seal of the Senate The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the Congress of the United States, the other being the House of Representatives. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... This is a list of governors of the U.S. state of Washington. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Early Life

Sims was born in Spokane, Washington to Reverend James C. Sims Sr. and Lydia T. Sims. He graduated from Lewis and Clark High School and attended Central Washington University in Ellensburg, where he earned a B.A. in psychology. Between graduation and his election to the King County Council he worked in the office of the Washington State Attorney General, for the Federal Trade Commission, for the juvenile offenders program of the city of Seattle, and as an aide in the state senate. He is an ordained Baptist minister. Spokane (pronounced spō-CAN) is the county seat of Spokane County in the State of Washington, USA. It was originally incorporated as Spokan Falls (without an e at the end), drawing on the Spokan Native American group of that name, which means Children of the Sun. ... Central Washington University Central Washington University, or CWU, is an accredited four-year educational institution located in Ellensburg, Washington in the United States. ... Ellensburg is a city located in Kittitas County, Washington. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Psychology (Gk: psyche, soul or mind + logos, speech) is an academic and applied field involving the study of the mind, brain, and behavior, both human and nonhuman. ... FTC headquarters, Washington, D.C. The Federal Trade Commission (or FTC) is an independent agency of the United States government, established in 1914 by the Federal Trade Commission Act. ... City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... Ordination is the process in which clergy become authorized by their religious denomination and/or seminary to perform religious rituals and ceremonies. ... A Baptist is a member of a Baptist church. ... For other types of minister, see Minister In Christian churches, a minister is a man or woman who serves a congregation or participates in a role in a parachurch ministry; such persons can minister as a Pastor, Preacher, Bishop, Chaplain, Deacon or Elder. ...


Political Life

In 1985, Sims was first elected to King County Council and was subsequently re-elected two more times, 1989 and 1993. During his first term, he led a successful campaign to rename King County in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. This article is about the year. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Martin Luther King redirects here. ...


In 1994, he was defeated by Republican incumbent Slade Gorton in an election for the United States Senate. Look up republican in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Slade Gorton Thomas Slade Gorton III (born January 8, 1928) is an American politician. ... Seal of the Senate The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the Congress of the United States, the other being the House of Representatives. ...


In 1996, he was appointed to the position of King County Executive after the previous holder of the office, Gary Locke, was elected governor of Washington. He was re-elected by wide margins to the position in 1997, 2001 and 2005. As King County Executive, Sims has been instrumental in maintaining a balanced budget for the county by encouraging unincorporated areas of King County to incorporate into new cities or join existing cities and by slashing the county budget while maintaining core services. The county currently has the highest available credit rating of the top three US rating companies. [1] Former Governor Gary Locke Gary F. Locke (born January 21, 1950 in Seattle, Washington) was the Democratic governor of Washington (1997-2005), and the first Chinese-American governor in United States history. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Template:Diffgggtgerent calendars 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On July 29, 2003, he announced that he would seek the Democratic nomination for Washington state governor in the 2004 elections. Sims made news in the campaign when he proposed replacing the state sales tax and business and occupation tax with a progressively graduated income tax. In the primary election held on September 14, 2004, Sims lost to state Attorney General Christine Gregoire. July 29 is the 210th day (211th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 155 days remaining. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A sales tax is a tax on consumption. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... September 14 is the 257th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (258th in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In most common law jurisdictions, the Attorney General is the main legal adviser to the government, and in some jurisdictions may in addition have executive responsibility for law enforcement or responsibility for public prosecutions. ... Christine Chris OGrady Gregoire (born March 24, 1947) is the Democratic governor of the U.S. state of Washington. ...


Sims has been outspoken in his support of legalizing same-sex marriage in Washington State. Although he has refused to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples, stating that it was not the business of state officials to practice civil disobedience, he has encourage same-sex couples to sue the county in order to have the courts decide. Same-sex marriage is marriage between two people who are of the same sex (i. ... It has been suggested that Civil and social disobedience be merged into this article or section. ...


Sims serves as president of the National Democratic County Officials.


Controversial Decisions

  • On April 29, 2004, Sims announced his intention to temporarily locate a Tent City on county-owned land near Bothell, Washington and gave the King County Council 90 days to determine a more permanent location within the county for the tent city to be located. [2]
  • On October 26, 2004, the King County Council passed the Critical Area Ordinance [3] to protect environmentally sensitve areas (such as wetlands and streams) and restrict development in hazardous areas (such as floodplains and landslide prone steep slopes). This drew the ire of many property rights groups as the ordinance prevented land owners from developing areas of their property that met the critical area definition. [4]
  • On May 16, 2005, Sims announced the county's intention to purchase a 47 mile long railroad corridor that runs parallel to Interstate 405 and convert the rail corridor into a multi-purpose use corrider. [5] This announcement raised concerns from the owners and employees of the Spirit of Washington Dinner Train and concerned citizens that the county intended to tear up the rails and bring the popular dinner train to an end. [6]

April 29 is the 119th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (120th in leap years). ... The term tent city has been used for temporary settlements made of tents, such as the beginning of Anchorage, Alaska. ... Bothell is a city located in the state of Washington. ... October 26 is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 66 days remaining. ... A subtropical wetland in Florida, USA, with an endangered American Crocodile. ... STREAMS is the Unix System V networking architecture. ... In geography, a floodplain is an area of relatively level land that is inundated from time to time. ... Landslide of soil and regolith Brazil A landslide is a geological phenomenon which includes a wide range of ground movement, such as rock falls, deep failure of slopes, and shallow debris flows, see flow. ... This page deals with property as ownership rights. ... May 16 is the 136th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (137th in leap years). ... Interstate 405 is the designation of three different tertiary interstate routes of Interstate 5. ...

Personal

Sims and his wife, Cayan Topacio, live in the Mount Baker neighborhood of Seattle. They have three sons: Douglas, Daniel, and Aaron. Mount Baker Mount Baker is a neighborhood in South Seattle. ...


See also

2004 Sims Tax Reform Proposal


External links


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The Seattle Times: Local News: Global warming: They're not laughing at Ron Sims now (1374 words)
The first time Ron Sims tried to set up a county office to study the effects of global warming, he was mocked.
Sims also has begun doing what he and Laing wanted to do all those years ago: focusing agencies' attention on how climate change is likely to affect life here — and responding to that challenge.
Sims remains upbeat in the face of gloomy forecasts, recalling that concerted action by the United States and other countries reversed the depletion of the earth's protective ozone layer.
Ron Sims - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (630 words)
Ron Sims, born in 1948, is currently the King County Executive.
Sims was born in Spokane, Washington to Reverend James C. Sims Sr.
Sims made news in the campaign when he proposed replacing the state sales tax and business and occupation tax with a progressively graduated income tax.
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