Bill Boyce said residents of Kent have trusted him for 11 years on the City Council to represent them fairly and continue to make the town a welcoming community for all.
Boyce, on May 12, announced he is running for reelection as he seeks a third four-year term in 2023. He has lived since 1984 in Kent, where he and his wife raised their five children.
“Kent has been our home for the last 39 years; during that time, we have seen the city grow and expand into being the leader that it is,” said Boyce, who is the council president. “We welcomed Blue Origin to Kent and continue to welcome many small businesses.”
Boyce ran unopposed for the council in 2015 and defeated Mizan Rahman in 2019. He lost a council race in 2003 when he challenged Les Thomas.
“I will work to continue to make Kent a safe and welcoming community by continuing to keep taxes low, bring high-quality jobs into Kent and continue to provide services that families can count on,” Boyce said.
Boyce, a Republican, ran unsuccessfully against Claudia Kauffman, D-Kent, in November 2022 for the 47th District Senate seat after Mona Das, D-Kent, decided not to seek reelection. The council seats are nonpartisan.
Boyce has worked 33 years for Boeing and is a human resources leader. Prior to joining the council, Boyce served 16 years on the Kent School Board. He also served as the first citizen commissioner of the Criminal Justice Training Center for 13 years.
Currently, Boyce serves on the Sound Cities Association Public Interest Committee, where he is the chair. He sits on the Puget Sound Regional Authority Board, ensuring that high-quality fire services are provided to the residents of Kent. Recently, he became a Board of Trustees member for Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
“Kent is a growing city, and now more than ever, we need to continue to look at ways to increase housing and bring affordable housing into the city,” Boyce said.
Candidates must file the week of May 15-19 with King County Elections to run for the council. The primary election is set for Aug. 1 followed by the general election Nov. 7. As of May 12, nobody had filed to run against Boyce.
City Council members are paid $36,000 per year for a part-time position, an 110% hike approved earlier this year by a city Independent Salary Commission