PRESS RELEASE: Mayor Marchione Named Chair of Sound Transit Board

Press Release

Mayor Marchione Named Chair of Sound Transit Board

December 21, 2018

Lisa Maher, Communications & Marketing Manager 

Redmond, WA – Yesterday afternoon the Sound Transit Board appointed Redmond Mayor John Marchione as chair of the Sound Transit Board of Directors. Steilacoom Mayor Ron Lucas and Everett Councilmember Paul Roberts were appointed as vice chairs. The new officers’ terms extend through 2020. As Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers prepares to end his two-year term as chair at the close of 2018, Board members praised his leadership and accomplishments.

"I am honored my colleagues elected me to serve as Chair of the Board. This is a reflection of Redmond's leadership in the region," Marchione said. “I plan to build on Executive Somers’ hard work and successes as we continue to push forward the largest transit investment program in the country. Over the next two years, Sound Transit will continue work on East Link and will open stations in Redmond in 2023 and 2024. It is important to the Eastside that this work stays on track.”

Mayor Marchione is stepping into the board chair role as the construction of East Link light rail ramps up in 2019. He will be the first Sound Transit board chair from East King County. 

For questions and more information contact Lisa Maher, Communications & Marketing Manager, at or 425-556-2427. This press release is available on