Deb Eddy, Issaquah representative in Olympia, announces retirement

March 9, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 a.m. March 9, 2012

State Rep. Deb Eddy, a Kirkland Democrat representing Issaquah neighborhoods along Lake Sammamish, announced plans to retire from the House of Representatives.

Deb Eddy

In a statement issued Wednesday, the former Kirkland mayor said she does not intend to run for re-election to the 48th Legislative District seat. The district is poised to lose Issaquah due to redistricting.

“When recruited, I promised to serve for six years, and I’ve fulfilled that commitment,” Eddy said in a statement. “It’s time to move on and find out what the next chapter of my life will look like.”

Washington State Redistricting Commission members shifted the 48th District elsewhere in the recent reshuffling. (Remaining Issaquah neighborhoods fall inside the 5th and 41st legislative districts.)

The realigned political maps go into effect for the November election.

“The 48th District is a swing district: socially liberal but fiscally still pretty conservative,” she said. “I think my views reflect the overall profile of the district: a pride in our ethnic and social diversity, but yet very entrepreneurial.”

In the House, Eddy focused on land-use policy and transportation planning. Milestones include legislation to promote electric vehicles, regulate electronic data recorders and create a state cause of action to enforce software property rights against off-shore manufacturers.

In 2011, Eddy spearheaded a measure to allow local governments to request emergency aid from other jurisdictions in Washington, even if the parties do not have interlocal agreements in place.

“I have enjoyed my three terms in the House, and I love public policy and making government work better for everyone,” Eddy said. “But, in truth, I’m just not enough of a partisan to have a long-term career here.”

State Rep. Judy Clibborn, a 41st Legislative District Democrat, praised Eddy as a strong lawmaker.

“I am going to miss her in so many ways,” Clibborn said in a statement. “Her influence here over the last six years can’t be overstated. She changed the place, but so often her work has been behind the scenes.”

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3 Responses to “Deb Eddy, Issaquah representative in Olympia, announces retirement”

  1. Sally on March 9th, 2012 2:32 pm

    Seems nobody is happy with slick Slade’s swarmy egregious gerrymandering of the districts. Our district of Reichert, Pflug and Rodne is the worst bit of “works” in tge history of the state. Just to keep Reichert in the Nationak House. There is no hope localky or nationallh of ever being represented. The state will miss Deb Eddy. I wish her well. Please have pity on Issaquah.

  2. Sally on March 9th, 2012 2:34 pm

    Typos are mine. I apologize.

  3. Smoley on March 12th, 2012 9:01 am


    If you believe that Deb Eddy is telling the truth, her decision has nothing to do with redistricting, Dave Reichert, Cheryl Pflug, or Jay Rodne. Eddy has said herself that she never intended to spend more than six years in the legislature.

    I share some of your same sentiments from the other side of the political aisle. I have no hope of my interests being represented from Sens. Murray and Cantwell, or our current president. I’ll vote against these folks every time they are up for reelection, even though I know it’s not going to make a bit of difference in this state.

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