Local legislator Marcie Maxwell takes position with state office

July 16, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy

State Rep. Marcie Maxwell announced her resignation from elected office July 9 to accept a position with the state’s Legislative Affairs and Policy Office.

Maxwell will join the state office as the senior education policy adviser.

Rep. Marcie Maxwell

Rep. Marcie Maxwell

“I’ve been honored to serve the people of the 41st District in South and East King County, and believe that my new position in the governor’s office will continue my work on their priorities for our state,” Maxwell said in a statement.

Maxwell, a Renton Democrat, brings a background in education policy and funding to the new leadership role focusing on K-12, early learning and higher education policy in the state.

She has served the 41st Legislative District since 2009. Her district includes the communities of Mercer Island, Newcastle, Beaux Arts, and parts of Bellevue, Sammamish, Issaquah and Renton.

Maxwell previously served eight years on the Renton School Board. She is a Realtor and small business owner active in local chambers and rotaries.

While supporters said they are sad to see her leave the 41st District position, they are excited she gets the opportunity to continue her work with education policy in the governor’s office, 41st District Democrats Chairwoman Karol Brown said.

“Marcie Maxwell has been an extraordinary legislator,” Brown said. “She cares passionately about education. It’s something that she just knows backwards and forwards and inside and out, and that kind of knowledge is incredible.”

The King County Council will appoint Maxwell’s successor from a pool of three nominations selected by the 41st District Democrats. Per state law, her replacement must come from the same legislative district and political party.

The names of the top three vote getters, as voted by the 41st District precinct committee officers Aug. 21, will then be submitted to the King County Council, which will make the final decision.

While in the Legislature, Maxwell was on the House Education Committee, Appropriations Committee, Education Appropriations Subcommittee, Rules Committee, and the Technology and Economic Development Committee.

She co-chaired the Quality Education Council and was on the Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Funding. Maxwell served in House leadership as the Deputy Majority Leader for Education and Opportunity.


What to know

  • 41st Legislative District vacancy
  • Interested candidates must submit a questionnaire, at www.kcdems.org/candidates, to Karol Brown at Karol@Karolbrown.com by Aug. 7 to be eligible for the candidate forum.
  • The candidate forum is at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at the KCLS Service Center, 960 Newport Way N.W., Issaquah.
  • Precinct committee officers will vote for the preferred candidates at the group’s Aug. 21 meeting, from 7-9 p.m., at the East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 S.E. 32nd St., Bellevue.
  • Learn more at www.41dems.org.
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