Metropolitan King County Council member Julia Patterson will not seek re-election, she said today.
Patterson is finishing up her third term representing the 5th council district, which is in South King County. Before that, she represented the 33rd legislative district in the House and Senate.
Patterson said that after 23 years in elected office, she wants to enjoy nature and her grandchildren.
“I intuit that it’s time,” she said. “I think there are other windows through which I need to view my life.”
Patterson helped incorporate the city of SeaTac and worked as a member of the Board of Health to require restaurants to put nutrition information on their menus.
Patterson said state Rep. Dave Upthegrove has expressed interest in replacing her.
“Nobody knows the community better than Dave Upthegrove,”she said. “I know he’s very well prepared and I hope he decides to run.”
Upthegrove said Friday he wasn’t prepared to state whether he would or wouldn’t run but planned to announce his decision early next week. “I’m likely to run. I’m not ready to pull the trigger yet,” he said.