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November 14, 2013 at 10:06 AM

County Executive Dow Constantine marries in private ceremony

Dow and ShirleyKing County Executive Dow Constantine and his longtime partner Shirley Carlson got married Oct. 31 in a private ceremony. King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu presided in the county’s largest courtroom, just after dusk, the executive said.

Constantine, who turns 52 tomorrow, met Carlson when they were University of Washington students and DJs on the University of Washington radio station, KCMU. They bought a West Seattle house together about 10 years ago.

“When it became clear that I was going to be elected to a second term, it seemed like a good time to take the plunge,” Constantine said.

King County is still counting ballots today, but Constantine has won nearly 80 percent of the votes tabulated so far. He served as a state legislator and King County Council member before taking the helm of the county, and has political ambitions at the state or federal level.

Carlson is a strategic planner in the fashion industry with a background in branding and marketing.

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