Candidates file for 41st District

June 5, 2008

By Jim Feehan

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The 41st District will have only one high-profile contested race this year. Rep. Fred Jarrett, of Mercer Island, is running for the 41st District Senate race after state Sen. Brian Weinstein, D-Mercer Island, said he wouldn’t seek a second term.

Democrat Marcie Maxwell, a Realtor from Renton, and Republican Steve Litzow, a Mercer Island City Council member, are running for the seat being vacated by Jarrett.

Rep. Judy Clibborn, D-Mercer Island had no opponent at press time.

“We have been talking to a few people, but we do not have a candidate” to challenge Clibborn, said Kevin Carns, executive director of the House Republican Organization Committee. “Right now, we’re focusing our attention on Steve Litzow.”

In the Senate race, Jarrett has no challenger.

“I really doubt anyone will step forward and run against Fred,” Litzow said.

Representatives from the Senate Republican Organizing Committee were unavailable for comment.

Maxwell, a Windermere Realtor for the past 18 years, is also a member of the Renton School Board. She’s active in numerous community organizations, including serving as president of the Renton Rotary Club. She is past chairman of the board for the Renton Chamber of Commerce, and has been recognized as Renton’s Citizen of the Year and with the Outstanding Business Citizen Award. She is a founding board member of the Renton Community Foundation and a board member of the Kennydale Neighborhood Association.

Litzow is serving his second term on the Mercer Island City Council. He also serves on the Public Safety Committee, the Planning Commission, the Senior Commission and the Eastside Transportation Partnership. A technology entrepreneur, Litzow served as vice president of marketing for ShareBuilder Corp., of Bellevue, which was recently sold to INGDirect Inc. He is a member of Mercer Island Rotary, Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce, Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club and the Mercer Island Senior Foundation.

The general election is Nov. 4.

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