More names are circulating as contenders for two open seats in the state house: The 36th District position 2 seat, currently occupied by Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson, and the 46th District position 2 seat, held by Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney. Both Dickerson and Gutierrez Kenney announced earlier this year that they plan to retire at the end of their current terms.

In the 36th, which covers parts of Ballard, Queen Anne, Magnolia, Phinney Ridge, Fremont, and Belltown, several folks are rumored to be considering a run. They include John Burbank, head of the progressive Economic Opportunity Institute (and father of the infamous "latte tax"); Progressive Majority's Washington State director, Noel Frame; Seattle School Board member Michael DeBell; Brett Phillips, son of King County Council member Larry Phillips and the director of sustainability at Unico Properties; and Jeff Manson, chair of the 36th District Democrats.

In emails, both Frame and Manson confirm that they're considering a run for Dickerson's open seat. Burbank, who lost 66-34 to Reuven Carlyle, now the position 1 representative in 2008, says he's "mulling it over" and will decide in a week or so. Burbank says his work at EOI, which does research and produces policy papers in support of progressive causes at the state level, will be a factor in his decision.

As we've reported, Seattle Port Commissioner Gael Tarleton is also considering a run for the seat.



In the 46th District (which, after redistricting, now includes parts of both North Seattle and its suburbs, including Kenmore and Shoreline; the district is in purple above), former Transportation Choices Coalition director Jessyn Farrell is considering a run for Gutierrez Kenney's open seat. She says her two biggest "motivating factors" are the need for more alternative transportation advocates in Olympia, and the fact that many female legislators are retiring. "Maybe it's time for new faces to step up," Farrell says. "We need a broad, diverse set of folks in Olympia." Most recently, Farrell did public relations for Pierce Transit; currently, she's working as a consultant.

Other folks who reportedly may seek the 46th seat include: Dusty Hoerler, a union leader who sought the seat formerly occupied by onetime Rep. David Frockt, who moved to the senate to replace Scott White, who died suddenly last year; and Sarajane Siegfriedt, a Democratic activist who also sought Frockt's seat.

And as we've reported, White's former aide Sylvester Cann will run against Gerry Pollet, the Hanford cleanup activist who narrowly defeated Cann to take Frockt's seat last year. Cann is the only 46th District candidate who has officially filed his candidacy with the state public disclosure commission.

We'll update if and when we hear back from other potential candidates.