Four years ago, Stokes ran on a platform to bring balanced, bipartisan leadership to the Council. Since his election to the Council, Stokes has helped move Light Rail forward on time and within budget while incorporating the best elements for the route. He also helped the Council reach a fiscally responsible budget that invests in the city’s needs now and for the future. This meant supporting investments in infrastructure and public safety while encouraging sound, responsible development and embracing the diversity and strength of the City’s vibrant neighborhoods.

As a strong education advocate and outdoorsman, Stokes has remained committed to Bellevue’s kids including supporting our great public schools and promoting resources including the new Boys and Girls Club and Kids Quest facilities, the Downtown Park and Meydenbauer Bay Park, plus the trails and neighborhood parks that keep Bellevue a great community.

In addition to his work on the Council, Stokes serves or has served Bellevue on the boards of Eastside Pathways (a co-founder), Bellevue Schools Foundation, Friends of the Cedar River Watershed, Bellevue and Washington State PTA, and numerous city and regional boards and commissions. As a practicing attorney for many years, Stokes specialized in representing small businesses and ordinary people, after doing complex litigation and business representation early on in his career. He lives with his wife Bettina in the Woodridge neighborhood.

Council Assignments and Appointments

  • Chair, King Conservation District Advisory Committee
  • Cascade Water Alliance Board
  • Cascade Water Alliance Resource Management Committee
  • Eastside Transportation Partnership Steering Committee
  • King County Flood Control District Advisory Committee
  • Metropolitan Water Pollution Abatement Advisory Group (alt)
  • Puget Sound Regional Council Growth Management Policy Board (alt)
  • King County Regional Policy Committee
  • WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery Council
  • Cedar River Corridor Restoration Task Force
  • Disability Board Liaison
  • Planning Commission Liaison
  • Leadership Program for Wrap Around Services
  • Council Liaison for The Performing Arts Center Eastside

Past Council Assignments and Appointments

  • Jail Administration Elected Assembly
  • Sound Transit Eastlink Collaborative Design Leadership Team
  • Environmental Services Commission Liaison

Community Service

  • Eastside Pathways C0-Founder and Board Member, 2010 – Present
  • Parks and Community Services Board Member, 2008-2011
  • Eastgate/I-90 Citizen Advisory Committee Member, 2010-2011
  • Bellevue Parks Yes! Levy Steering Committee, 2007
  • Bellevue Schools Foundation (BSF) Trustee, 2001-2010
  • BSF Bridging the Achievement Gap Grant Committee Chair, 2002-2010
  • BSF Grant Making and Resource Development Committees, 2003-Present
  • Bellevue School District (BSD) Fiscal Advisory Committee Member, 2010 – Present
  • BSD Instructional Materials Committee, 2003 – 2006
  • BSD Disciplinary Appeals Committee, 2005 – 2011
  • BSD Program Delivery Committee Revision and Oversight Team, 1995-2005
  • Bellevue PTSA (BPTSA) Council President, 1999 – 2001
  • BPTSA Officer Positions and Council Board Member, 1999-2010
  • Woodridge Elementary PTSA President, 1993 – 1994
  • Chinook Middle School & Bellevue High School PTSA Offices
  • Washington State PTA (WSPTA) Legislative Director, 2001 – 2003
  • WSPTA Finance Officer, 2005
  • WSPTA Legislative Focus Day Co-Chair, 2009
  • WSPTA Region 6 Service Delivery Team, 2002 – 2008
  • Eastside Heritage Center Board Member, 2009- Present, Treasurer, 2010 – 2012
  • Friends of the Cedar River Watershed Board Member & President
  • National PTA Legislative and Field Service Committees, 2001 – 2007
  • National PTA Trainer, 2003 – 2007


  • Senior Attorney, SSA, Office of Hearings & Appeals, Retired, 1991 – 2008
  • Stokes Law Office, Dallas Texas, Solo Law Practice, 1985 – 1991
  • Regional Counsel, US Department of Health & Social Services, Dallas, TX
  • Associate Attorney, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, Washington DC and NYC


  • The George Washington University Law School, Juris Doctorate
  • Texas Tech University, BA., Political Science


  • Wife Bettina, daughter Genevieve and son John Jr.
  • Washington State PTA Outstanding Advocate, 2009
  • Bellevue PTSA Council Outstanding Service Award, Outstanding Advocate Award and Golden Acorn Award

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