John Koster
John Koster for County Council


Getting to Know John


As a longtime business owner and life-long resident of Arlington, John Koster has the background to effectively serve Snohomish County.


John and his wife of 35 years, Vicki, have four children (Travis, Jennifer, Michelle and Troy) and six grandchildren.


He graduated from Arlington High School and Everett Community College.  He has served on the Snohomish County Agricultural Advisory Committee, is a past Board President at Arlington Christian School, and attends Arlington First Baptist.


John, a third generation dairyman, owned and operated his own dairy near Island Crossing in Arlington for over twenty years.  As a businessman himself, John understands small business drives the economy in Snohomish County, and he recognizes the challenges government can cause for business.   He took this experience and worked as a business consultant before being elected to the County Council.


John has over ten years experience in public service. From 1994-2000 he represented the 39th Legislative District in the Washington State House of Representatives.   In Olympia, he served on four committees:

Criminal Justice and Corrections,
Agriculture and Ecology and
Capital Budget 


John was also a congressional candidate in 2000.  He began serving as a County Councilman in 2002.