Keith was elected to the Shoreline City Council in 2015 and is running for his second four-year term.
On the council, Keith successfully obtained funding for sidewalk repair and new sidewalk construction. He opposed an unnecessarily-large maintenance facility in Hamlin Park, worked to increase tree protections, and has supported transportation improvements throughout the city.
“I’m especially proud of our work on sidewalks,” Keith says, “Over the next five to ten years, you’ll see dramatic improvements in Shoreline’s walkability. For all of us, that’s important. For the mobility impaired, it can mean the difference between having to stay home and being part of our community.”
Keith recently moved to the Richmond Beach neighborhood from Ridgecrest. He lives with his wife, Sarah Cohen, and Keith’s son Finnegan along with five-year-old twins Thomas and Edward. Keith’s daughter Kate is in her first year at Haverford College in Pennsylvania. Keith works in private practice as an intellectual property attorney after serving as a King County Deputy Prosecutor and United Nations war crimes prosecutor.
Keith also serves on regional committees, including as chair of the Advanced Life Support committee for the EMS levy, working to ensure our paramedics are fully funded and provide the nation’s best emergency medical service. Currently, he represents Shoreline on the Salmon Recovery Council and the Continuum of Care board, the regional committee tasked with coordinating homelessness relief efforts.
“Homelessness is going to be a challenge for the foreseeable future. I’m pleased we’re rethinking how we approach the problem by actually listening to the homeless about what services and opportunities work. And I’m totally committed to a regional approach to providing services so no one area is overburdened.”
On the local front, the next four years will require Shoreline to consider whether it should fund a new aquatics center. Keith is committed to keeping costs as low as possible, but also believes the facility should be able to accommodate competitive swimming programs and have a dedicated space for the senior center.
Keith is also committed to financial sustainability and keeping taxes fair and reasonable. Shoreline has a financial sustainability plan to ensure it can continue providing services without needing to ask for unexpected tax increases. And he’s worked to develop Shoreline’s business base by increasing the exemptions for the transportation impact fee and keeping business taxes and fees low.
Keith is honored to have been elected to a first term on the Shoreline city council. He asks for your support in his re-election to a second term.