Maxwell edges Litzow in 41st District House race

December 9, 2008

By Jim Feehan

Jarrett wins Senate race


The Obama tsunami swept over Newcastle, the eastern shores of Lake Washington and Mercer Island, as Democrats won election in both contested legislative races in the 41st District.

Democrat Fred Jarrett easily won the State Senate race against Republican Bob Baker. Jarrett, a four-term State House member and former Mercer Island city councilman, had about 59 percent of the vote. 

“I’m astonished by the margin of victory,” Jarrett said. “I’m gratified by the election results and I’m looking forward to representing the 41st District in the senate.”

In one of the most closely observed House races in the state, Democrat Marcie Maxwell, a Realtor and Renton School Board member, won with about 51 percent of the vote over Republican Steve Litzow, a technology entrepreneur and a Mercer Island City Councilman. In the final tally, Maxwell won by 745 votes.

“I’m looking forward to going to Olympia and representing the residents of the 41st District,” she said.

Litzow thanked his supporters and said he enjoyed running for the seat.

“I am looking forward to serving on the Mercer Island City Council and working with Fred, Marcie and Judy (Clibborn) on education and transportation issues,” he said.

Through Oct. 28, Litzow raised $273,000 to Marcie Maxwell’s $205,000. The two were vying for the House seat held by Jarrett, who opted to run for the Senate after incumbent Democrat Brian Weinstein announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election.

Clibborn, a Democrat from Mercer Island, was running unopposed in the district’s other House race.

In a judicial race involving a Newcastle resident, Holly Hill defeated Julia Garratt, a Newcastle lawyer, in the King County Superior Court Position 22 race. Hill had about 53 percent of the vote.

The 41st District covers west Issaquah, Newcastle, Mercer Island, south Bellevue, the Renton Highlands and parts of unincorporated King County. 

About 85 percent of the 86,171 registered voters in the district cast ballots in the election. 

The Legislature convenes Jan. 12.


Final results of the Nov. 4 election 41st Legislative District


  •  Fred Jarrett (D) 38,327 — 59.42 percent
  • Bob Baker (R) 26,092  — 40.45 percent

Position 1

  • Marcie Maxwell (D) 32,571 — 50.51 percent
  • Steve Litzow (R)  31,823 — 49.35 percent

Position 2

  • Judy Clibborn (D) 47,078 — 96.63 percent

King County Superior Court, Position 22

  • Holly Hill 340,785  — 53.38 percent
  • Julia Garratt 294,409 — 46.12 percent

Source: King County Elections Department


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