Lois Watt re-elected as Local 17 President

The Executive Board election ballots were counted on Nov. 14 at the Local 17 office, and current President Lois Watt has been re-elected for a three-year term starting in 2017.

The positions of President and Trustee #2 were up for election this year. The office of President had two nominations -- current President Lois Watt and City of Seattle member Ulysses Hillard. More than 1,000 votes were counted by volunteers, supervised by the Election Committee. Watt won by a wide margin. Trustee Elizabethe Geier was re-elected in an uncontested election for a three-year term.

In a statement, President Watt expressed her gratitude and her excitement for Local 17’s future: "I am honored to serve a second term as President of Local 17. We have an incredible and unique organization, where we are truly looked upon as leaders. We are going through a period of tremendous change and with it comes equal opportunity. I am excited to work with Behnaz Nelson in 2017 when she assumes the role of Executive Director, and as we take our next steps as an organization. You have my sincerest thanks for your vote of confidence.”

This is Watt's second term as President. She served as Vice-President prior to being elected as President in 2012.

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