The King and Snohomish County councils voted last week to have Rep. Derek Stanford (D-1) fill the legislative district 1 Senate seat formerly occupied by Guy Palumbo. His seat has been filled by Bothell Deputy Mayor Davina Duerr.
Palumbo recently announced his departure from the Senate to start work at Amazon, where he was previously employed starting in the late 1990s through 2004.
A small business owner, Stanford was first elected to the legislature in 2011 and served as the Chair of the Commerce and Gaming Committee. He is tohold the seat until next year’s election, while Duerr will hold Stanford’s House seat until his term expires in 2021.
During his 2018 race, Stanford earned the endorsement of four Snohomish County councilmembers and one King County councilmember, along with five members of the Bothell City Council. Additional endorsements came from private and public sector unions, such as the UFCW 21, Washington State Labor Council, the Washington Education Association, the Washington state chapter of American Federal of Teachers and IAM 751 Boeing Machinists.
This session Stanford voted in favor of legislation that included:
- Restructuring and increasing the model toxics control program (SB 5993);
- Creating a state commercial aviation coordinating commission (SSB 5370);
- Creating a standardized health care plan through the health care exchange (ESSB 5526);
- Restructuring the flat-rate real estate excise tax to a graduated rate (SB 5998);
- A new tax on financial institutions (HB 2167);
- A new tax on vaping products (HB 1873);
- A new business and occupation (B&O) surcharge to pay for higher education programs (HB 2158); and
- Incentives for local governments to increase urban residential density (HB 1923).
Duerr is a member of the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Executive Advisory Group, the Sound Cities Association Board of Directors and the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Transportation Policy Board. During her city council race she was endorsed by Palumbo and Stanford, as well as the Sierra Club.