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Paul Cocke, Candidate for Ward 5 Sedro-Woolley City Council in Skagit County Washington

Photo by Rhys Logan


My wife Diane and I have lived in Sedro-Woolley, Ward 5, for over 20 years. We raised five children who attended Sedro-Woolley public schools. I am retired after serving for nearly 18 years as Director of University Communications at Western Washington University. I was also a journalist for many years, as a daily and weekly award-winning newspaper reporter and editor, including as a news editor at the Anacortes American newspaper. In addition, as Vice President at Rehabco Inc., a Mount Vernon firm, I helped people with disabilities find employment.


I have a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. For two years I studied graduate-level journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at WWU, I completed FEMA trainings in crisis management and communications. I also was the communications lead for University Police.  

Now that I am retired, I want to give back to my community. If Ward 5 voters give me the incredible privilege of serving on City Council, I promise to listen to voters, and seek common sense, transparent solutions that benefit the citizens of Ward 5 and the residents of the city.

Diane and I enjoy spending time with family, especially our three wonderful grandchildren. We also love to hike in our beautiful Skagit County and walk our little dog Frodo in our neighborhood and throughout the Northern State Recreation Area.


I am currently serving on the Sedro-Woolley Planning Commission.  I also served for over 10 years as a volunteer basketball coach with the Skagit County YMCA and SWISH basketball league, and a Little League baseball coach. Diane worked many years part-time with the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club, teaching children arts and crafts. 

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