Issaquah Mayor Mary Lou Pauly Elected President of Sound Cities Association

(Issaquah, WA, February 21, 2024) – Issaquah Mayor Mary Lou Pauly has been elected 2024 President of the Sound Cities Association (SCA). 

SCA represents 38 King County cities and provides a regional voice for more than one million people.

“Mayor Pauly is an outstanding leader and the right person to advance SCA’s mission to partner regionally to create livable, vital communities,” said Enumclaw Mayor Jan Molinaro, who serves as immediate Past President of SCA.

Pauly was elected SCA President by the SCA Board of Directors, which consists of councilmembers and mayors in King County elected by their peers to oversee the 38-city association. Member cities include the 38 King County cities with populations under 250,000. 

“I’m honored to lead the Sound Cities Association,” said Pauly. “So many of the challenges we are looking to address in Issaquah are influenced by how the rest of the region grows and changes. SCA provides an amazing venue to work together as cities for the benefit of our combined over one million residents.”

Des Moines Mayor Traci Buxton, who was recently elected SCA Vice-President, said she was excited to see Pauly lead SCA. “Mayor Pauly is a true public servant who listens to the voices of others and advocates tirelessly on behalf of the residents of Issaquah and our region as a whole,” said Buxton. 

“Mayor Pauly is recognized across Puget Sound as a thoughtful, creative leader,” said SCA Executive Director David Hoffman. “I’m delighted to work with and learn from Mary Lou, throughout this year and beyond.”

Pauly is in her second term as Issaquah Mayor. Prior to that, Pauly served on the city council for four years and the city’s Development Commission for nineteen. Pauly was first elected to the SCA Board of Directors in 2020. Trained as a civil engineer, Pauly spent her early career in Public Works Engineering and later as an environmental consultant. Pauly has lived in Issaquah since 1993.

SCA is an association of King County cities and was founded in the 1970s to help cities act locally and partner regionally to create vital, livable communities through advocacy, education, leadership, mutual support and networking. 


For Further Information:

David Hoffman                                                                                             

Executive Director, SCA                                                                                          

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