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King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci

Councilmember Claudia Balducci represents King County District 6 on the Eastside. Balducci's current term runs from 2024-2026.



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

I am excited to put my experience as a local elected official, transit leader, and mom to work to enhance our communities and our region.  I look forward to meeting and working with the people of the 6th District and all of King County.

East link starter line’s next step forward

Photo: Sound Transit

Summer 2023  |  Since Sound Transit announced delays to a full opening of East Link light rail in summer 2022,  I’ve championed the possibility of an early opening for an East Link Starter Line connecting Redmond to Bellevue while work continues to complete the light rail connection between South Bellevue and Seattle. Over the past few months, Sound Transit staff have diligently explored the concept and on January 26 the Sound Transit Board of Directors took a critical next step by a vote of 16-1 to fund additional planning, design, and construction activities necessary to further develop the East Link Starter Line option for a potential spring 2024 opening. In addition, the work funded by this vote will give the Sound Transit Board the necessary data and information to make its final East Link Starter Line go-no-go decision in fall 2023.

It’s clear that as the Eastside grows, we need great transit ASAP. And we're not alone; we also must commit to expediting light rail and bus rapid transit service to Snohomish County, South King County and Pierce County. You can review the meeting presentation about the progress in making the East Link Starter Line happen.

Budget responds to evolving needs

Map of King County with photos for Metro, Parks, Elections, Courts, Assessor, and the text Passed! King County's 2023-2024 Budget and web address

November 15, 2022  |  On November 15, the King County Council adopted a 2023-2024 budget that responds to the evolving needs and priorities of King County residents and advances several Eastside priorities, including: safe and sustainable homes and communities, transportation, and pathways to jobs.

The two-year budget makes major investments in some of our most important countywide priorities like $166 million to fund affordable housing near transit centers, supportive housing operations and coordinated crisis response efforts to homelessness; $220 million to continue electrification of buses; and $55 million for community safety, including efforts to reduce gun violence, new Metro transit security and community engagement staff, body worn cameras for King County Sherriff’s deputies, creating pathways away from jail for our youth and more. More about the budget and the significant investments in Eastside projects and organizations