November 10, 2009
State Senator Fred Jarrett (D-Mercer Island) was chosen today as the new Deputy King County Executive by Dow Constantine who defeated Susan Hutchinson last week for the right to fill out the unexpired term of former county executive Ron Sims. Here’s the story from the Seattle Times.
Jarrett, who made his own unsuccessful run for the county executive position in the August primary has served in the state legislature since 2001, including four terms in the House of Representatives. He ran successfully for the Senate in 2008 and has been the Vice Chair of the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee. Jarrett has a long history of interest in higher education issues, prime sponsoring the “performance agreement” legislation which passed in 2008.
Jarrett’s appoint will take effect on November 24th when Constantine will assume his new County Executive position. Democratic precinct officers will submit the names of three candidates to replace him in the state Senate to the King County Council which makes the final decision.