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Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Rosemary McAuliffe announces her retirement from the Washington State Senate

Long­time edu­ca­tion cham­pi­on Rose­mary McAu­li­ffe (D‑1st Dis­trict: Both­ell, Kirk­land, Clearview) announced today in a press release that she has decid­ed not to seek reelec­tion in 2016, end­ing a decades-long career in the Leg­is­la­ture that began with her vic­to­ry in the “Year of the Woman” in 1992.

“It has been an hon­or and a priv­i­lege to serve the peo­ple of the 1st Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict for twen­ty-three years. While I have decid­ed to fin­ish out this year and not seek re-elec­tion, I will with­out a doubt con­tin­ue to be involved in my com­mu­ni­ties.” said McAu­li­ffe, adding: “I appre­ci­ate the sup­port of my com­mu­ni­ty. It is now time to come home and be with friends and fam­i­ly, and with my hus­band Jim. I am excit­ed about future plans, what­ev­er they may be. It has tru­ly been an hon­or to serve.”

McAu­li­f­fe’s col­leagues laud­ed her service.

“Just saw the news that my friend and col­league Rose­mary McAu­li­ffe is retir­ing,” said Sen­a­tor Marko Liias of the 21st Dis­trict. “She has always had a heart for kids, and she has nev­er for­got­ten that we need excel­lent teach­ers to get them the edu­ca­tion they deserve. Thanks for a long record of great work.”

“It’s been a real plea­sure to work with Sen­a­tor Rose­mary McAu­li­ffe for our shared con­stituents in the 1st Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict, most recent­ly to pro­tect the Wayne Golf Course for habi­tat and open space in per­pe­tu­ity,” said Coun­cilmem­ber Rod Dem­bows­ki. “She’s been a long­time cham­pi­on for kids and edu­ca­tion; her lead­er­ship and advo­ca­cy for our con­stituents will be missed.”

McAu­li­f­fe’s seat­mate, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Luis Moscoso, announced he will run to take McAu­li­f­fe’s place in the Wash­ing­ton State Sen­ate — with her bless­ing. Here’s his let­ter to Demo­c­ra­t­ic activists in the 1st District:

Dear Friends:

I want you to be the first to know that I’ll be announc­ing my can­di­da­cy for the Sen­ate tomor­row. I am pleased to have the endorse­ments of Sen­a­tor McAu­li­ffe and my seat mate Derek Stan­ford. Thank you both for believ­ing in me.

I look for­ward to work­ing with all of you in a my cam­paign. This will be a his­toric ven­ture and I will need all your help to suc­ceed. I want to be sure to car­ry for­ward the work Sen­a­tor McAu­li­ffe has so ably done for the 1st LD this past quar­ter century.

Much of the leg­is­la­tion I’m already deeply involved in; like the Wash­ing­ton Vot­ing Rights Act, Pub­lic Safe­ty and Prison Reform, and a myr­i­ad of trans­porta­tion con­cerns, will be major cam­paign issues for us here in the 1st LD.

Our Demo­c­ra­t­ic val­ues and prin­ci­ples will be test­ed in this Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion year. And I know we can pre­vail with your help. Thanks again for all your sup­port these past 6 years in the House as well as the encour­age­ment you’ve giv­en me since 2001 when you first elect­ed me as Sno­homish Coun­ty Male Del­e­gate from the LD.

¡Si se puede!

~ Luis

Moscoso will be giv­ing up his House seat to run for the Sen­ate, which means there’s an open­ing for an aspir­ing leader at the local lev­el to move on up as well.

The 1st is a fair­ly Demo­c­ra­t­ic dis­trict, and elect­ed Moscoso hand­i­ly in a tough year for Democ­rats… so he ought to be able to hold McAu­li­f­fe’s seat, and the par­ty should be able to hold on to his House seat as well.

We at NPI thank Sen­a­tor McAu­li­ffe for her many years of ded­i­cat­ed pub­lic ser­vice. She’s been in the Leg­is­la­ture for over two decades, and was a Northshore School Board mem­ber before that. She has always been a depend­able advo­cate for stu­dents, par­ents, and teach­ers, work­ing to sup­port Wash­ing­ton’s youth and the hard­work­ing pro­fes­sion­als com­mit­ted to their well-being. She leaves behind a pos­i­tive lega­cy in the state­house.  We wish her all the best.

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