About Diane Dobson

Campaign Issues: Public Safety, Building stronger neighborhoods and Bringing a voice to the table for the citizens of Renton. 

Diane has worked in their multi-generational family law firm, located in downtown Renton since the early 1900s, for 28 years. This provides her with years of experience in supervised review and drafting of legal contracts, conducting legal research, an understanding of different perspectives and representing the interests of others. During that time she has been involved with the NALS, Washington State Paralegal Association, and she recognized for presentation with the court.

Team building comes naturally for Diane. She was the head swim & dive coach at Hazen High School with the Renton School District and built rosters from 25-35 athletes to up to teams of 70-80. She implemented team study tables, encouraged special needs students to participate and compete, provided opportunities for volunteering in the community and encouraged school participation and involvement. Diane trained athletes who had never swam before into State competitors, embraced fourteen workouts a week (so her team could remain no cut), and won a handful of "Coach of the Year" awards in a school and district level during her tenure.

Living and working in Renton her whole life, Diane knows our community inside and out – the neighborhoods and the people in it. She promotes the great things about Renton and recognizes areas for change. She has been active with the North Renton Neighborhood and former Vice-President of the Neighborhood Association. She has been diligent with pursuing accountability and transparency with the City Administration, Renton Police Department and Renton School District on public safety issues impacting not only North Renton, but the entire City of Renton. She believes in community-based policing as a way to increase citizen awareness & involvement and reduce the impact on our resources. As a citizen, she has brought forth city ordinances for review, encouraged changes with policies and held the administration accountable on items for the community. Diane has proven she is not afraid to ask questions or to stand up for what is right.

As a leader, Diane is genuine and approachable, understands local issues and works toward community-based solutions. Diane leads others to get involved, brings neighbors together, cares about small businesses succeeding, and is actively working on improving the safety & integrity of our neighborhoods.

She was Renton’s 2003 “Citizen of the Year”; serves on the Mayor’s City Center Community Plan Advisory Board for the City of Renton; is a 4th generation member of Renton Lions Club (her family has over 200 years of service with this club, she is past president x2); is active with the North Renton Neighborhood Association (former Vice-President); was a founding member of the Renton Downtown Partnership; was the founding secretary of the the Renton-Cualta Sister City Association; served as a City representative and delegate with the Renton-Nishiwaki Sister City Association (her father, Wyman Dobson, was a Co-Founder of this association 50 years ago); served as secretary for the Renton Clothes Bank and was instrumental with the non-profit status filing of the same; has represented Renton internationally with Lions in Sight philanthropic delegations to perform vision screenings and provide eyeglasses to those less fortunate in developing countries; serves as a legal representative for individuals who are mentally ill and physically handicapped; has supported Habitat for Humanity builds and acquired grant funding for a Habitat for Humanity house built in North Renton; is involved in civic leadership & government process and works with countless other committees and organizations throughout Renton.

Diane Dobson will bring a voice to the table for the citizens of Renton.