Councilmember Matthew Laase, Position 5

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As a native of Washington and an 22-year resident of Snoqualmie, my wife and I chose this community to raise our two children and make Snoqualmie our life-long home. I am a strong believer in our community values and in our potential. My priorities are to strengthen our city with a strong vision supported by sound social and financial decisions, in partnership with active community engagement and in support of our local businesses.

Being an architect has helped me develop into a consensus builder. My over 27-year career has given me a unique perspective and every day I work to study issues and develop solutions in collaboration with everyone involved - much like what a council member must do. 

Prior to being elected your councilmember, I served for three years on the Planning Commission. This role brings an understanding and appreciation of the challenging decisions our local government faces every day. Being cognizant of the day-to-day impacts as well as what the future may bring is not a luxury but a duty our elected officials must consider. I believe an open and transparent process is the only way we as citizens can understand where our money and energies are best used. As your City Councilmember, I advocate on our community’s behalf to ensure every decision is transparent and in our best interest.

It is my belief that as citizens we should play a role in our community. We should celebrate our differences and encourage everyone to join together to make our city better. I believe in providing opportunities for local workers to find attainable housing in our community, in ensuring the safety of our neighborhoods, and in protecting the unique character of Historic Snoqualmie. My vision for Snoqualmie is one that creates balanced revenue, stability for our businesses, and reduces taxes and fees but does not sacrifice services that are essential for our community.

Snoqualmie is my home, and is your home. I am very proud and honored to represent you on City Council.

Councilmember Service:

Councilmember Laase was re-elected to Position No. 5 in November 2021.

Service in 2022:

  • Community Development Council Committee, Chair
  • Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, City Council Liaison
  • Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce, City Council Liaison