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September 5, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Mercer Island Councilmember Tana Senn likely to be tapped for state rep next week

Washington’s newest state lawmaker is likely to be Mercer Island City Councilmember Tana Senn, who likely will be appointed to the state House next week.

A Metropolitan King County Council committee unanimously voted this week to send Senn’s nomination to the full council on Monday, spokesman Al Sanders said. She had been the top choice of local Democratic Party officials to fill a vacancy created by former state Rep. Marcie Maxwell’s decision to join Gov. Jay Inslee’s education team.

If the selection is formalized, it will mark a quick political ascension for Senn, a 42-year-old consultant who work for a national Jewish women’s organization before coming to the Seattle area about a decade ago.

Senn was appointed to the Mercer Island City Council last January after serving as campaign manager for another council member, according to her campaign website. She had been running for a full term on the city council.

She took the lead in the race to replace Maxwell after party officials chose her over local activist David Ellis and George Pieper, a former vice president of the Greater Seattle Business Association.

Maxwell’s replacement will serve until the term ends in 2014.

Comments | More in Metropolitan King County Council, State government | Topics: David Ellis, George Pieper, Jay Inslee

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