McBride to Retire and Endorse Walen for State House Seat

Long time Eastside elected official Joan McBride (D-48) has announced she will not seek a third term in the Washington State House of Representatives.  McBride was first elected to the State House in 2014, filling the seat formally held by Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib.

In the State Legislature McBride won recognition for her work supporting cities, promoting affordable housing, and updating the Public Records Act.  She served for four years as Assistant Majority Floor Whip and two years as Vice Chair of the Local Government Committee.

“After 25 years as an elected official in various offices, I want to take time to pursue some of the passions of my youth.  I’ll remain politically involved just without the mantle of public office,” said McBride.

McBride’s first elected position was on the Houghton Community Council where she served as chair.  From there she moved to a Kirkland City Council, serving for 16 years including two terms as mayor.

In addition to her announcement to not seek a third term, McBride has enthusiastically endorsed the candidacy of Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen for the seat in the State House. McBride said, “While I am announcing I won’t run for reelection, I am overjoyed to endorse the candidacy of Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen.  She has all the attributes and experience we need in Olympia— including a passion to reduce gun violence and promote prosperous, safe, and affordable communities.  She will be an amazing representative.”

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