A lifelong resident of the Sky Valley, Councilmember Russell Wiita was elected to the Sultan City Council in 2015. He graduated from Sultan High School in 2012, serving as the Sultan City Council Student Representative during the 2010 – 2011 school year.
Other community outreach has included service on Mayor Carolyn Eslick’s blue-ribbon committee to plan the creation of the new Sultan Boys & Girls Club, and involvement with the Sky Valley Teen Court, a grant-funded project that took place in 2010 and 2011.
Russell graduated from the University of Washington in 2015, with a bachelor’s degree in political science. While a student at UW, he was involved in student government, the Husky Marching Band and served as an intern for the Washington State House of Representatives. During his time in Olympia, Wiita provided support to 39th District Reps. Elizabeth Scott and Dan Kristiansen, and 15th District Rep. David Taylor. His work included legislative research, bill-tracking, answering phones, responding to constituents and other duties as assigned.
Russell works as the legislative aide to Snohomish County Councilmember Nate Nehring, who serves Snohomish County Council District 1. Prior to that, he worked in accounting at the University of Washington Law School and as a project coordinator for a consumer products manufacturer in Monroe.
In his spare time, Russell plays in the American Poolplayers Association billiards league, and has played in regional and national tournaments.