Bio

Sally Bagshaw, is a lawyer and was Chief of the Civil Division for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office under Norm Maleng.

She led a staff of over 60 lawyers that provided advice to Executive Ron Sims, Sheriff Sue Rahr, King County Council members, Metro Transit, Harborview Medical Center and the other agencies of the nation’s 13th largest County; a multi-faceted government with an annual budget of $4.9 billion.

Sally lead the legal team that created the public-private partnerships to produce cost efficient construction at Harborview Medical Center and the King Street Center, as well as negotiated agreements with Sound Transit and the City of Seattle to eliminate duplication of services. Taxpayers saved money.

Prior to becoming Civil Division Chief Sally was head of King County’s Transportation, Natural Resources and Real Property legal team. She worked closely with the state legislature and the Port of Seattle, represented King County International Airport/Boeing Field, and became a transportation expert.

In addition to helping create an effective region-wide transportation system, Sally has focused on community service and key environmental issues during her career. She led the County’s legal team to reduce homelessness, combat elder abuse and clean up polluted creeks and rivers. Sally also led the team that protected salmon, open spaces and forest land and her team created a model cap and trade program to reduce the County’s carbon footprint.

Sally started her legal career as an Assistant Attorney General after graduation from Stanford University and the University of Idaho Law School. She served as business and finance lawyer for both Washington State University and University of Washington.

In 1983, she was appointed the University of Washington’s Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise Officer and was selected by Gov. Booth Gardner to play a lead role in including minority and women owned businesses in the state government’s public contracts.

Sally believes in service to her community. She established a legal clinic at the YWCA’s Opportunity Place where she and other lawyers provided free legal advice to homeless women. In 2004, her efforts were recognized when she received both the King County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year award and the State Bar Association’s annual award for lawyers in public service.

From 2005 to 2007, Sally chaired Allied Arts Waterfront for All Committee. She was a leader in the effort to secure a world-class waterfront while protecting and enhancing the environment, assuring freight mobility and creating an economic engine for the Pacific Northwest.

Sally raised her two sons through public schools in Lake Forest Park where she served two terms as council member on the Lake Forest Park City Council; she spearheaded Shoreline School District’s first all-day kindergarten, and established enrichment programs for foreign languages, arts and environmental science in elementary, middle school and high school.

After her sons were grown, Sally pursued her lifelong passion and learned to fly; and in her spare time she piloted sick children to medical facilities and camps throughout the region with the non-profit organization Angel Flight.

Sally is married to attorney and novelist Brad Bagshaw. She is proud that Brad represented gay and lesbian couples in their struggle for the right to marry in Andersen v. King County.

“Why am I running for office? I love Seattle with a passion and will bring smart, dedicated people together to get things done. Together we can create good jobs, build a world-class transportation system, and assure safe streets for us all.”

–Sally Bagshaw