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Endorsements Arrive for Litzow, Judge in 41st District Race

Mercer Island residents Maureen Judge and incumbent Steve Litzow are running to represent the 41st District in the State Senate.

Candidates for the 41st District Senate race Maureen Judge and Sen. Steve Litzow touting recent endorsements from local political groups and media as the Aug. 7 primary election nears.

Litzow was challenged earlier this year by fellow , a former leader of the Washington Toxics Coalition who currently serves on the city's Sustainability Task Force. Litzow in 2010 after seven years on the Mercer Island City Council. The two are the only candidates for the seat in the "top-two" primary election will both re-appear on the November ballot to determine the winner of the race.

Judge announced the latest of several endorsements last week from several firefighter unions, health-care professionals and child-care providers, including Mercer Island Fire Fighters Association Local 1762 IAFF, which supported Litzow in 2010.

The former Expedia and RealNetworks manager earlier earned endorsements from a number of current and former elected officials, including school board director Pat Braman, former mayors Elliot Newman and Fred Jarrett, and city councilmembers Jane Mayer Brahm and Mike Grady — who also endorsed Litzow.

The Seattle Times announced its endorsement this week of State Senator Steve Litzow for re-election in the 41st Legislative District.

Citing his record of accomplishments on education reform and his courage as a freshman Senator, the Seattle Times editorial board chose to support the return of Litzow to the State Senate.

“State Sen. Steve Litzow is an independent-minded, strong advocate of public education and working families,” stated the Seattle Times Editorial Board. “The Mercer Island Republican has earned a second term in office.”

The Times also endorsed him in 2010. Litzow has also been endorsed by current city councilmembers Mike Cero and Grady, school board president Janet Frohnmayer and director Brian Emanuels, He received earlier endorsements League of Education Voters, Stand for Children, , National Federation of Independent Business, and WACOPS.

“I truly appreciate the endorsement by the Seattle Times,” said Senator Litzow. “It is an honor and another step forward for my campaign to continue to work across the aisle to strengthen education, create jobs, and balance the budget in the State Senate.”

(Ed. Note: The information in this article is taken from press releases issued by the Litzow and Judge campaigns)

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