Extra Fizz: Jarrett to Become Deputy County Exec

By Erica C. Barnett November 10, 2009

Editor's note: This post has been updated with comments from state Rep. Judy Clibborn (D-41), who says she is not interested in Jarrett's seat.

In keeping with King County Executive-elect Dow Constantine's post-campaign theme of "continuity," State Sen. Fred Jarrett (D-48)—one of Constantine's three rivals in the primary election—will become Constantine's deputy county executive.

The Democratic Party precinct committee officers within the 41st District will hold a meeting and choose three names as potential Jarrett replacements. Those names will go to the King County Council, who will make the final decision. Whoever wins the seat will have to run again 2010 and, if he or she wins, again in 2012, when Jarrett would have been up for reelection.

Two obvious potential replacements are State Reps. Judy Clibborn and Marcie Maxwell, both of whom serve in Jarrett's district. However, Clibborn—who currently serves as chair of the powerful House Transportation Committee—says she isn't interested in the position."Where I am right now, I’m in a position to make some real differences, and it doesn’t make sense to go to the Senate and start over on the seniority list," Clibborn says.

I have a call in to Maxwell's office to see if she plans to seek Jarrett's seat in the Senate.

Constantine takes office November 24.
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