Mercer Island City Councilmember Tana Senn was selected by the 41st Democrats on Wednesday, Aug. 21, along with two others, to be the nominees to replace former Washington State Legislator, Marcie Maxwell. Maxwell resigned in July to take a position as a senior education advisor to Governor Jay Inslee. The King County Council will make the final decision as to who will represent the 41st District with a vote sometime early next month. Senn received 49 out of the 82 votes cast by 41st Precinct Committee members. The runners-up were Islander, David Ellis and Bellevue businessman, George Pieper. After the vote, both Pieper and Ellis threw their support to Senn, essentially ensuring her selection.
"I am thrilled and honored by the faith the Democratic party has put in me," Senn said. She is not certain when the County Council will vote, but said it will be followed immediately by a swearing-in ceremony.
Senn has been a Mercer Island City Councilmember since her appointment to the post vacated by former city mayor, Jim Pearman, in 2012. She is already slated to run unopposed for her City Council seat in November. If selected by the County Council, she plans on retaining her seat on the City Council for now and would decide later if she will run for the permanent representative position in 2014.