Issaquah resident to run against Jay Rodne

March 11, 2014

By Staff

Issaquah resident Essie Hicks plans to take on incumbent 5th District Rep. Jay Rodne in this year’s Nov. 4 election.

Hicks, a Democrat, announced her candidacy Feb. 18. Rodne, a Republican, has held the seat since 2004.

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Essie Hicks

“I believe my experience as a business owner, my long history in service to my community, and as the mother of five boys, I am ready to represent all residents of the 5th District,” Hicks said. “In Olympia, I will work every day to provide all our kids with a quality and fully funded education, deliver real transportation solutions that work for our region, and protect and preserve the natural resources that make our state so unique.”

Hicks served the city of Maple Valley as a planning commissioner, as a member of the board of the Maple Valley Farmers Market and as a Parent Teacher Association legislative liaison.

She describes herself as an education advocate and community leader. She started a therapeutic massage business when she was a single mother and hired other mothers looking to support their families. Hicks, a member of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, said her model has led to a successful practice.

Hicks begins her campaign with the endorsements of the 5th District Democrats, State Rep. Ross Hunter (D-48th District) and Issaquah City Councilmen Tola Marts and Joshua Schaer, according to her website.

“For too long, Representative Rodne has not been there for our district on key issues including education, transportation and women’s health,” Hicks said. “By electing me, you will have a friend who can effectively advocate for you in Olympia.”

Rodne won the 2012 election in an uncontested race.

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