Democrats nominate Chase, Ryu for state Senate, House posts


State Representative Maralyn Chase (D-32nd) was nominated for State Senator and former Shoreline Mayor Cindy Ryu was nominated for State Representative, Position 1 during a meeting of 32nd District Democrats Wednesday night. Chase will run for the seat formerly held by Sen. Darlene Fairley, who announced her retirement last month. Ryu is seeking the seat Chase vacated to run for Senate.

Chase, nominated by former Senator Donn Charnley, was unopposed for the Senate nomination. She has received the endorsements of the King and Snohomish County Labor Councils, Senators Claudia Kauffman and Adam Kline, as well as Representatives Bob Hasagawa, Dave Upthegrove and John McCoy. Former Shoreline Mayor Cindy Ryu touted her experiences on the Shoreline City Council, stating how she fought to make Aurora Avenue project business- and environmentally- friendly. She explained, she is “excited, thankful and proud to be a Democrat.” Ryu has endorsements from Senator Paul Shinn, King County Assessor Lloyd Hara, and Edmonds City Councilmember Adrienne Fraley-Monilas.

“I am proud of our Democratic nominees,” said Maryn Wynne. “I know they will represent the district well in Olympia.” Following the nominations of Chase and Ryu, the Democrats passed a resolution opposing the recent Arizona law granting the police broad powers to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. The resolution urges the cities of Edmonds, Kenmore, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park and Shoreline to refrain from conducting official city business with the State of Arizona until the law is repealed. A copy of the resolutions passed by the 32nd District Democrats is available at

“We do not want to send city employees to an environment where they could be detained,” argued Shoreline resident Jean-Paul Willyack.

Representative Ruth Kagi received the Democrats’ nomination in April for State Representative, Position 2. The 32nd Legislative District represents all or parts of the cities of Edmonds, Kenmore, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, and the Town of Woodway and portions of unincorporated Snohomish County.

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