In the closely-watched Senate race in the 26th district, Representative Jan Angel has won the Senate seat vacated by now-Congressman Derek Kilmer. Nathan Schlicher, a Democrat, was appointed to Kilmer’s seat last January and had to run this fall to finish the remainder of the term. Senator-elect Angel won the election by a close margin of approximately 1500 votes and will have to run again next fall for a new four-year term. Her win gives the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC), currently comprised of 23 Republicans and two Democrats, an additional Republican member. The MCC now holds a 26-23 majority in the Senate.
In other Senate election news, Senator Ed Murray will resign his senate seat soon as a result of his election as mayor of the City of Seattle. His seatmate, Representative Jamie Pedersen, has expressed an interest to move to the Senate.
In the race for Bellevue City Council Position 6, physical therapist Lynne Robinson won her bid for a council position by over 62% of the vote. Robinson received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University School of Medicine, and her DPT from Regis University. She is in private practice in Bellevue.