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King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci

Councilmember Claudia Balducci represents King County Council District 6 that includes all or parts of Bellevue, Kirkland, Mercer Island, the Points Communities, and Redmond. She is committed to ensuring King County government is transparent, effective, responsive, and accountable in delivering the services and projects that improve the lives of all county residents.



We live in a dynamic, diverse, and growing region.

I bring my experience as a local elected leader, public safety professional, transit champion, and mom to work to enhance our communities and our region. I believe all residents should have safe and affordable places to live, educational and career opportunities, physical and mental health care, and a healthy and sustainable environment. I look forward to continuing to work with the people of the 6th District and all of King County.

Signature of Councilmember Claudia Balducci

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The Starter Line crosses the finish line

Saturday, April 27, 2024  |  The 2 Line is officially open for business! At the grand opening, approximately 17,500 excited community members, hundreds of government officials and community and business advocates who made it possible, dozens of community partners who hosted celebrations rode light rail on the Eastside for the very first time!

When I first proposed the idea of opening an eight station, 6.6 mile long “starter line,” running from South Bellevue to Redmond until the rail across I-90 is ready, I wasn’t sure it would be possible, but I wanted to make sure we brought the benefits of light rail to the Eastside community as soon as possible. I am so grateful to every single person who contributed their time, passion, expertise, and hard work to bring light rail to East King County. Watch the KCTV Video about the new 2 Line.

Changing 100 lives with 100 homes

Exterior photo of Redmond's Health Through Housing building.

April 2024  |  King County, the City of Redmond, The Salvation Army, and the community came together to celebrate the grand opening of the Redmond Health Through Housing site. Health through Housing is a King County initiative aiming to provide up to 1,600 units of emergency and permanent supportive housing for people experiencing or at risk of chronic homelessness. 

Partnerships like the Redmond Health through Housing site bring us one step closer to ensuring everyone has a healthy, stable home. Everyone needs and deserves a safe, affordable place to call home and, with this opening, we are making that a reality for 100 more people.

Historic investments to protect our water

March 2024   |  As Chair of the Regional Water Quality Committee, protecting our water for the health of our people, our wildlife, and our environment is one of my top priorities. I was pleased to join Executive Dow Constantine, senior officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), congressional staff, and leadership from King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) at the West Point Treatment Plant to announce a nearly $500 million loan package from the EPA for fourteen critical infrastructure upgrades to King County’s regional wastewater treatment system.

With this funding, we will be able to complete projects that will help protect water quality in the Puget Sound region for decades to come, including seismic upgrades at two regional wastewater treatment plants, improvements to the recycled water system, upgrades to miles of conveyance and sewer pipes, and more. The initial installment of $194 million, funded by the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, will save King County ratepayers $19.8 million in interest fees.

We passed a transformative Doors Open arts and culture levy

Children with teacher working on art projects.

December 2023  |  The King County Council unanimously approved Doors Open, a new seven-year levy that will provide nearly $800 million in projected funding for access to science, heritage, arts, and culture in King County. The levy will fund equitable access, support programming in public schools, increase tourism and revenue, and feed the workforce pipeline through a 0.1% sales tax. The levy will help the science, heritage, arts, and culture community not only rebound from pandemic cuts and closures – particularly in marginalized or otherwise disadvantaged communities – but flourish to new levels with more funding than has ever been spent through public programs in King County. Read our op-ed in The Stranger about what the levy will do.

King County will now invest over $100 million annually in arts, science and culture. For comparison, the entire US National Endowment for the Arts 2024 budget was $207 million. Doors Open will give people in every corner of King County more opportunities to explore and experience the arts and culture that enriches all our lives. Read additional coverage about the Doors Open levy in KUOW.