Steve Litzow, Marcie Maxwell prevail in 41st Legislative District

November 13, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

Incumbents triumphed in the race to represent Issaquah and other 41st Legislative District communities.

Steve Litzow

Marcie Maxwell

Steve Litzow, a freshman Republican state senator from Mercer Island, outpaced Mercer Island Democrat Maureen Judge. Renton Democrat Marcie Maxwell, a state representative elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2010, cruised to commanding victory against Issaquah Republican Tim Eaves, a novice candidate.

Issaquah’s Cougar Mountain neighborhoods and North Issaquah fall inside the district, a suburban swath stretched from Mercer Island to Sammamish.

Litzow said the outcome reflected the district’s moderate character. Redistricting last year removed part of Renton and added part of Sammamish to the district.

“It’s very much a socially moderate district, and much more focused on individual liberty, personal responsibility” and fiscal prudence, he said.

(Other Issaquah neighborhoods fall inside the 5th Legislative District, a combination of suburban and rural areas stretched from Maple Valley to Snoqualmie Pass.)

By the numbers

State Senate

Steve Litzow: 54 percent (34,007 votes)

Maureen Judge: 46 percent (28,695 votes)

State House of Representatives

Marcie Maxwell: 58 percent (36,305 votes)

Tim Eaves: 42 percent (25,856 votes)

Scott Roberts, citizen action network director at the Freedom Foundation, a public-policy think tank based in Olympia, said Litzow learned how to appeal to local voters during a failed state House run against Maxwell in 2008 and a successful state Senate race in 2010.

Roberts said although Republicans often mobilize against Maxwell, she is a strong campaigner and difficult to defeat.

Litzow said education is certain to emerge as the dominant issue once legislators return to Olympia early next year. The recent state Supreme Court ruling in McCleary v. State of Washington ordered the Legislature to fully fund basic education by 2018.

“Building a world-class education system is No. 1,” he said. “That’s both the funding piece of it — how we figure out how to get more money into the education system — as well as how do we continue to improve the system in teaching a widely diverse student population to be competitive in a global environment.”

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