Wednesday, April 28, 2010
By Evan Smith
ShorelineAreaNews Politics Writer
Democratic State Rep. Maralyn Chase formally announced her candidacy for the State Senate Monday.
Chase made the announcement to about 50 people in Shoreline.
Rick Horner, President of Letter Carriers 79 and Luis Moscoso, legislative candidate in District 1 South Snohomish County, flank Rep. Maralyn Chase as she announces her bid for the senate seat from the 32nd District.
She used the occasion both to rally her traditional supporters and to appeal to supporters of the woman she hopes to replace as senator from the 32nd Legislative District – Darlene Fairley.
Chase put aside past differences with Fairley Monday, thanking Fairley for her 16 years of service and calling Fairley a “class act.“ She also pointed out that she and Sen. Fairley have an identical voting record.
Chase said at the announcement that she wanted to follow her passion for public policy
Among those attending were Shoreline City Councilmen Chris Eggen and Chris Roberts, former Shoreline Councilwomen Cindy Ryu and Janet Way, and former Shoreline School Board member Dan Mann
Chase said that the main pillars of her candidacy were attracting working-class jobs, protecting the environment, and to convey the values of “fairness, justice and compassion” in the legislative process.
Rep. Chase said that the goals of supporting local businesses and creating living-wage jobs do not conflict with protection of the environment.
Chase won appointment to the Legislature in 2001 after then-Rep. Carolyn Edmonds resigned. Chase won election to two-year terms in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008.