February 11, 2019
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Liz Lovelett will represent 40th Legislative District in state Senate

County leaders in the 40th Legislative District have picked Anacortes City Council member Liz Lovelett to fill the state Senate seat recently vacated by former Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island. She was chosen by the county commissioners in Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan counties from three Democratic candidates selected by party leaders as candidates to replace Ranker.

Lovelett has spent six years on the Anacortes City Council. She said she will spend several weeks in the Legislature before deciding whether to resign her city council position.

She lists her priorities as affordable housing, homelessness prevention and the environment. She is a fifth-generation resident of Fidalgo Island.

“Liz Lovelett will be a great addition to our team,” said Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig, D-Spokane. “She brings a lot of local government experience and a passion for public service. I am very excited to welcome her to the Senate.”

The Seattle Times and The Washington State Wire have more.

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