Council picks Bellevue attorney to succeed Fred Jarrett in state Senate

January 11, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 2:40 p.m. Jan. 11, 2010

The next lawmaker to represent Newcastle in the state Senate will be Democrat Randy Gordon, a Bellevue attorney.

Gordon succeeds Fred Jarrett, a Democrat who stepped down last month after County Executive Dow Constantine named the then-lawmaker to the No. 2 spot in King County government. King County Council members appointed Gordon to the open seat Monday, the opening day of the 60-day legislative session.

Members approved the appointment in a unanimous vote.

County Council members picked a successor from a list of candidates submitted by local Democratic Party leaders. The new senator won the support of most of the 41st District precinct-committee officers during a Jan. 5 meeting.

Gordon, a Harvard Law School graduate, will serve until November, when 41st District voters will elect a replacement to fill the seat until 2012, when the term ends. Besides Talus and southwest Issaquah, the 41st District includes Bellevue, Mercer Island and Newcastle. Gordon had already filed to run in the November election, state Public Disclosure Commission records show.

Jarrett won a state House seat in the district as a Republican in a 2001 contest, then switched parties in 2007 and won the Senate seat the next year. He launched a failed bid for King County executive last year. After Constantine won, the executive-elect tapped Jarrett as deputy county executive.

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