More proof that Gov-elect Jay Inslee's election—as we've said—marks the reemergence of the green agenda, Inslee named his executive director for legislative affairs today: Ted Sturdevant, the current director of the Washington State Department of Ecology.
Prior to taking over at Ecology, Sturdevant spent seven years as the environmental agency's lobbyist.
Inslee has said repeatedly that environmentalism is not—as it's been relegated during the recession—a second tier issue, but rather the key to economic recovery. Fittingly, Sturdevant, the now-former head of DOE had this to say today: “I share Governor-Elect Inslee’s commitment to improved efficiency in state government and his dedication to creating jobs in Washington, and I look forward to helping shape the legislation to get those goals accomplished.”
More proof that all reporters are Democrats.
Inslee also named former Seattle Times politics reporter David Postman as his communications director today.
A veteran political reporter, Postman left the Seattle Times in 2008 (where he was commandeering the paper's foray into political blogging) to take a job as spokesman for Seattle developer, Vulcan (he briefly advised then-mayor-elect Mike McGinn as well.)
Postman left Vulcan in mid-2012.
Prior to taking over as the director at Ecology, Sturdevant spent seven year's as the environmental agency's lobbyist.
Postman's years heading up the Times' Olympia bureau give him insider knowledge of how things get done in the state Capitol building—as well as a built-in camaraderie with the press corps.And as expected, Inslee named his longtime top staffer Joby Shimomura, who served as his chief of staff in D.C. and as his campaign manager, his senior adviser.
Recent Renton School District Superintendent Mary Alice Heuschel was named Inslee's chief of staff in late November.