Mercer Island City Council member choice for 41st. District seat

Tana Senn - Courtesy Photo
Tana Senn
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A member of the Mercer Island City Council has been selected by Democrats in the 41st Legislative District to replace former Rep. Marcie Maxwell, D-Renton. The district includes a portion of Bellevue. Maxwell resigned her position to join the staff of Gov. Jay Inslee as an education adviser.

Tana Senn received 49 out of 82 votes cast by Democrat precinct committee officers of the 41st District. Under state law, precinct officers of the representative's party nominate three candidates to fill the seat. The final decision will be made by the King County Council sometime next month.

District Democrats also nominated Bellevue businessman George Pieper and David Ellis of Mercer Island. After the vote, both Pieper and Ellis threw their support to Senn.

"I am thrilled and honored by the faith the Democratic party has put in me," Senn said.

She is not certain when the County Council will vote, but said it will be followed immediately by a swearing-in ceremony.

Two other people sought the appointment: Don Gerend, a member of the Sammamish City Council and Sammamish resident Greg Hoover, an attorney with his practice, Hoover Law Group, in Seattle and Portland.

Senn has been a member of the Mercer Island City Council since her appointment to the post vacated by former city mayor, Jim Pearman, in 2012. She is unopposed for her City Council seat in the November general election. If selected by the County Council, she plans on retaining her seat on the City Council and would decide later if she will seek the state seat in the 2014 election.

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