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County Councilman Pullen dies at 60; had 'common touch'

Mirror staff

Metropolitan King County Councilman Kent Pullen, 60, died Monday at Enumclaw Community Hospital.

Aides said he suffered from a lengthy illness, which wasn’t disclosed publicly.

Pullen represented District 9, including areas near Kent, Auburn and Enumclaw.

Councilman Pete von Reichbauer, who also served with Pullen when both were in the state Senate, said “nobody was more consistent” than Pullen in representing rural communities.

"He may have had a Ph.D, but he always maintained a common touch with people throughout his district,” said von Reichbauer.

"This is a real loss to the people of southeast King County," said Councilwoman Cynthia Sullivan. "Kent was always a gentleman and very kind, even with those with whom he disagreed."

Pullen was elected to the council after serving nearly two decades in the Legislature. A strong advocate of law enforcement, he played a role in starting the county's gang intervention and control program and upgrading the county's Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).

Pullen's wife and two grown children were with him in his final hours, the councilman’s aides said.

The family announced a public memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. April 24 at River of Life Fellowship. The church is at 10615 SE. 216th St. in Kent.

By state law, the council must appoint Pullen’s successor within 60 days from among three candidates nominated by the King County Republican Central Committee. Pullen was a Republican.

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