Legislator Deb Eddy, Issaquah representative, announces retirement

March 13, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

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

Deb Eddy

In a statement issued March 7, 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.

In 2006, and again in 2008 and 2010, Eddy cruised to election and re-election against Republican opponents.

“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, she 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.

Eddy spearheaded a measure last year 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 and another Issaquah lawmaker, 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.”

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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