Seattle Port Commissioner Gael Tarleton announced today she plans to resign her position to serve as newly elected state representative in Seattle’s 36th District. Tarleton, the port commission’s president, won a hard-fought campaign against Noel Frame last week.
Tarleton, who was first elected in 2007, was a leading voice this summer’s controversy over Port CEO Tay Yoshitani’s post on an outside company’s board. Tarleton came out strongly to argue that Yoshitani should choose between his Port post and his outside job.
In a statement at today’s Port Commission meeting, Tarleton said she would resign at the first commission meeting in 2013. The commission has 90 days after she resigns to appoint someone to fill the vacancy she leaves behind, and voters will elect someone in the next general election to fill the remainder of her term.