Smith on Politics: Kagi to Start Anew; Hutchinson Reflects on 16 Years in Office

Evan Smith joins Patch as a weekly political columnist

Democratic State Rep. Ruth Kagi says that she plans to move from Lake Forest Park to the part of northwest Seattle that will soon become part of the 32nd Legislative District.

New District boundaries have taken Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and the outskirts of Kirkland out of the District and brought part of northwest Seattle and the City of Lynnwood into the District, which still will include Shoreline, Woodway, south Edmonds and nearby unincorporated areas of southwest Snohomish County.

Kagi said that she would make the move in time for the May 14-18 candidate-filing period.

Lake Forest Park and Kenmore will become part of the 46th District along with northeast Seattle,

Kagi said in December that she plans to continue to support Lake Forest Park in the Legislature if re-elected to represent the newly drawn 32nd Legislative District.

Kagi has represented the 32nd District for seven two-year terms.

Kagi said that she has been trying to sell her Lake Forest Park home for three years.

“It is a big place for a single woman and her dog,” she said. “It will be a big change, after living in Lake Forest Park for 42 years. I will be very sad to leave many friends and supporters but will stay connected, and will continue to support Lake Forest Park and Kenmore in the legislature.”

Kagi and fellow incumbent Democratic Rep. Cindy Ryu are so far the only declared candidates for the two ballot positions in the 32nd District.


In my post about Democratic State Rep. Ruth Kagi moving from Lake Forest Park to a place within the new boundaries of the 32nd Legislative District, I said that Kagi has represented the District for six two-year terms.

In fact, she is in her seventh term.

Voters first elected Kagi in 1998 and re-elected her in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010.

Hutchison says he left an improved Lake Forest Park        

Former Lake Forest Park Mayor Dave Hutchinson says that he has left Lake Forest Park in better shape than the City he took over when he became mayor 16 years ago.        

Hutchinson left office at the beginning of January, when new Mayor Mary Jane Goss took the oath of office as his replacement, Hutchinson did not seek a fifth four-year term in the November election. 

Hutchison said Tuesday that he is proud of building a strong, professional city staff.

He said that he also is proud of building a new City Hall and of the near completion of the Burke-Gilman Trail through the city.

Yet, he said that his most memorable time in office was presiding over the city’s 50th anniversary commemoration in 2011.

He said that his biggest disappointment was the continued flooding at McAleer and Lyon creeks.

Hutchinson said that his next move would be to spend a couple of weeks on a beach on the Pacific coast of Mexico.


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