Editorial

July 16, 2013

By Staff

Maxwell’s replacement needs east district roots

State Rep. Marcie Maxwell (D-41st) has served the northwest side of Issaquah well. We are anxious to learn more about her replacement in the Legislature.

Last year, the 41st District got new boundaries and now includes most of Sammamish, as well as the South Cove area of Issaquah, Newcastle, Renton and Mercer Island. With the district’s other two legislators — Rep. Judy Clibborn and Sen. Steve Litzow — both from Mercer Island, we hope the Democratic leadership selecting Maxwell’s replacement will give some extra consideration to candidates from Sammamish, the opposite side of a sprawling district.

Issaquah already has two representatives from the 5th District.

Maxwell’s time commitment to her constituents will be another trait to consider. She was a representative who was actively involved throughout her district. Few candidates will be able to give that much time, but it’s another asset worthy of notice.

Maxwell moves on to become the senior education policy adviser to Gov. Jay Inslee. Education has always been her primary focus and we are glad to know her knowledge will still be valued. We wish her well.

 

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