New state Rep. Tana Senn ready to serve

October 4, 2013

Tana Senn

Tana Senn

Mercer Island City Councilwoman Tana Senn is the state’s newest lawmaker, after she was appointed to fill the 41st District state representative seat vacated by Marcie Maxwell.

The Metropolitan King County Council appointed her Sept. 9. Senn was the top choice of local Democratic Party officials to fill the vacancy created by Maxwell’s decision to join Gov. Jay Inslee’s education staff.

Since her appointment, Senn, 42, has hit the ground running, meeting with 41st District mayors, and attending local events in the district that stretches from the northern parts of Renton to the southern parts of Sammamish, encompassing Mercer Island and Newcastle, and parts of Issaquah and Bellevue. Read more

Mercer Island Councilmember Tana Senn likely to be tapped for state rep next week

September 6, 2013

NEW — 12:55 p.m. Sept. 6, 2013

Tana Senn

Tana Senn

Washington’s newest state lawmaker is likely to be Mercer Island City Councilmember Tana Senn, who likely will be appointed to the state House next week.

A Metropolitan King County Council committee unanimously voted this week to send Senn’s nomination to the full council on Monday, spokesman Al Sanders said. She had been the top choice of local Democratic Party officials to fill a vacancy created by former state Rep. Marcie Maxwell’s decision to join Gov. Jay Inslee’s education team.

If the selection is formalized, it will mark a quick political ascension for Senn, a 42-year-old consultant who work for a national Jewish women’s organization before coming to the Seattle area about a decade ago. Read more

41st District Democrats select candidates to replace Maxwell

August 22, 2013

NEW — 12:50 p.m. Aug. 22, 2013

Tana Senn

Tana Senn

Tana Senn, of Mercer Island, emerged as the frontrunner among three possible replacements to fill the 41st District state representative seat vacated by Marcie Maxwell.

Maxwell, a Democrat, resigned her seat July 9 to take a job with the governor’s office. To fill the seat, members of her party nominate three candidates to replace her and present those nominations to the County Council.

The 41st district stretches from the northern parts of Renton to the southern parts of Sammamish, encompassing Mercer Island, Newcastle and parts of Issaquah and Bellevue. Read more

Marcie Maxwell takes position with state office

July 9, 2013

NEW — 5:15 p.m. July 9, 2013

Marcie Maxwell

Marcie Maxwell

State Rep. Marcie Maxwell announced her resignation from elected office today to accept a position with the state’s Legislative Affairs and Policy Office.

Maxwell will join the state office as the senior education policy adviser in July.

“I’ve been honored to serve the people of the 41st District in South and East King County, and believe that my new position in the governor’s office will continue my work on their priorities for our state,” Maxwell said in a statement. Read more

Incumbents lead in Newcastle’s legislative, congressional races

November 7, 2012

NEW — 4:45 p.m. Nov. 7, 2012

Months of campaigning came to a head and locals finally got the chance to make their vote count Nov. 6 as Election Day came and went.

In the contests for the 41st Legislative District positions, early returns show that the majority of voters decided to stay with the incumbents.

Renton Democrat Marcie Maxwell charged ahead of Issaquah Republican Tim Eaves to represent the district in the state House of Representatives. Maxwell garnered 58 percent – or 24,000 votes – to Eaves’ 41 percent – or 17,242 votes. Read more

Newcastle-area councilman urges Legislature to create alert for police

February 23, 2012

NEW — 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23, 2012

Reagan Dunn

King County Councilman Reagan Dunn announced a plan Thursday to urge state legislators create a “blue alert” system to inform the public about people suspected of injuring or killing law enforcement officers.

The proposal came hours after a man fatally shot a state trooper in Kitsap County. Dunn plans to introduce a motion Monday urging the council to support state legislation to create a “blue alert” system.

“This tragic pattern of injury and death to law enforcement officers in Washington state simply cannot continue,” he said in a statement. “We in government must do everything in our power to protect those who put their lives on the line everyday in order to protect us.”

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Steve Litzow elected to represent Newcastle in state Senate

December 2, 2010

NEW — 10:10 a.m. Dec. 2, 2010

Republican Steve Litzow appears to be the next state senator to represent Newcastle after defeating incumbent Randy Gordon.

King County Elections completed a mandatory machine recount for the contest Wednesday afternoon. The unofficial results present a solid lead for Litzow, a Mercer Island councilman.

Democrat Gordon trailed Litzow by more than 1,000 votes in the days after the Nov. 2 election. The gap between the candidates slimmed to 194 votes — or 0.32 percent — as the county tallied ballots.

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Newcastle state Senate race appears headed for recount

November 18, 2010

NEW — 12 p.m. Nov. 18, 2010

The last undecided race to represent Newcastle in Olympia appears to be headed for a recount.

State Sen. Randy Gordon trailed challenger Steve Litzow by more than 1,000 votes in the days after the Nov. 2 election. In the 15 days since the campaign ended, the gap between the Democrat Gordon and Republican Litzow has slimmed to 142 votes.

Under state law, a machine recount is required if the difference between the candidates is less than 2,000 votes and also less than one-half of 1 percent of the total number of votes cast for both candidates.

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