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Friday, November 2, 2007

34th Picks New State House Rep.

posted by on November 2 at 7:14 AM

Sharon Nelson, legislative assistant to KC Council Member Dow Constantine, won last night’s 34th District Democrats (W. Seattle) vote to replace Rep. Joe McDermott in Olympia. McDermott is moving to the State senate to replace Sen. Erik Poulson who resigned in early September to lobby for public utilities.

Nelson, an activist to stop Glacier Northwest from expanding strip mining on Maury Island, won handily 78 to 39, beating Toni Lysen, a former one-term State house rep.

Next step, Nelson needs to get the nod from the KC Council.

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What the hell does Glacier need to strip-mine Maury Island for? There are gravel pits all over Puget Sound, and lots of them are much closer.

Posted by Greg | November 2, 2007 9:04 AM

Because they can make more money by loading Maury Island onto huge barges and selling it anywhere - locally or around the world - to the highest bidder.

Posted by Orca | November 2, 2007 9:34 AM

Sharon will be a highly impressive addition to the legislature. She is principled and exceptionally tenacious. She also knows a range of issues (environment, growth, budget, etc.) better than just about anyone.

Posted by Dow Constantine | November 2, 2007 9:43 AM

I'm thrilled to have Sharon as my representative. She's shown that she knows how to get things accomplished, and with her down in Olympia we have our best shot at finally killing Glacier's attempt to stripmine Maury.

And by the way, the 34th District is not just West Seattle. It also includes Vashon, Maury, Burien, and White Center.

Posted by lorax | November 2, 2007 9:56 AM

Nelson is going to be a Seattle rep who will take on transportation issues. Besides Ed there ain't many who do it. Go Sharon!

Posted by Mrs. Y | November 2, 2007 10:04 AM

great choice. i hope she has no trouble getting the nod from the kc council, they can be a interesting bunch at times.

Posted by SeMe | November 2, 2007 11:02 AM

Is this the same Sharon Nelson who used to be on the WA State Utilities & Transportation Commission some 15+/- years ago?

Posted by Perfect Voter | November 2, 2007 2:52 PM

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