Mayor John Stokes
Councilmember 1/1/12 - 12/31/19
Mayor 1/4/16 - 12/31/17
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Mayor Stokes was elected to the City Council in 2011, and is the council liaison to the Cascade Water Alliance Board, Eastside Transportation Partnership Steering Committee, Sound Cities Public Issues Committee and the city’s Planning Commission. The council elected him mayor for 2016 and 2017.
On the council, John has advocated for affordable housing and livability in Bellevue, as well as construction of an Eastside performing arts center. John serves on King County's Regional Policy Committee and the advisory committee of the King County Flood Control District. He is also chair of the King Conservation District Advisory Committee.
A longtime advocate for education, John is a member of the Bellevue School District’s Fiscal Advisory Committee, and was also legislative director and finance officer for the Washington State PTA. As a longtime trustee of the Bellevue Schools Foundation, he chaired its Bridging the Achievement Gap Grant Committee.
Prior to joining the council, John was a member of the Parks and Community Services Board for four years. He also served on the Eastgate/I-90 Citizen Advisory Committee and the Bellevue Parks Yes! Levy Steering Committee.
In addition, John co-founded Eastside Pathways, a collective-impact nonprofit working to ensure that all children have the support they need to maximize their opportunities for productive, fulfilling lives.
John moved to Bellevue in 1991 from Dallas, Texas. A retired attorney, he holds a law degree from George Washington University and a bachelor's degree in political science from Texas Tech University.
He is married to Bettina Stokes, a retired accountant. Their grown daughter Genevieve graduated from Bellevue High School and the University of Washington. John is an avid reader and model railroader, and also enjoys gardening.