Democrat Ross Hunter re-elected to state House

November 9, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 10:40 a.m. Nov. 9, 2010

Republican Diane Tebelius has conceded a close state House of Representatives race to incumbent Ross Hunter.

Tebelius dropped out of the 48th Legislative District race Monday, as Hunter led the contest by 2,477 votes.

“Today I called state Rep. Ross Hunter to congratulate him on his re-election,” Tebelius said in a statement. “Over the past few months we have had a vigorous debate over the future of our great state. Washington’s fiscal health must be restored by growing jobs in the private sector and not growing government.”

Hunter returns to the House for a fifth term. Tebelius, a former state GOP chairwoman and federal prosecutor, said state legislators a monumental task in the next session.

“The message of fiscal accountability will continue to be vital as the Legislature begins to deal with a $5 billion deficit in January,” she said in the statement. “It is my hope that the people’s voice will win out over special interests and that there will be strong leadership to reset government and to determine the priorities in this state.”

In Issaquah, the 48th District includes the South Cove and Greenwood Point neighborhoods. The district also encompasses parts of Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond.

Tebelius thanked supporters in the concession statement.

“Many of you gave countless hours to this campaign effort, and I am deeply grateful for all that you contributed in time, talents and treasure,” she said. “We need to feel very proud of the effort that was launched a mere five months ago. I know I am, and it would not have happened without your support.”

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