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Meet Marcie Maxwell, Candidate for State House, Legislative District 41

Seeking a third term, State Rep. Marcie Maxwell — who also runs her own Realtors business in Renton — faces challenger Tim Eaves, a Lynnwood business owner who lives in Issaquah.

NAME: Marcie Maxwell

OFFICE SOUGHT: Representative, 41st District

PARTY AFFILIATION: Democrat

TOWN OF RESIDENCE: Kennydale neighborhood of Renton

CURRENT OCCUPATION: State Representative and Realtor, Marcie Maxwell & Lisa Lam, Realtors, in Renton.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: Successful business owner, 23 years, Marcie Maxwell & Lisa Lam, Realtors. Worked as a banking branch manager in a previous career.

WEBSITE: www.marciemaxwell.org

WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING VOTERS IN YOUR DISTRICT?

I think that education is important to 41st District voters, and families are very concerned about ensuring all students have the opportunity to have a good education, and that we amply fund education. Parents and communities like to ensure that all kids have an opportunity to get the best education in early learning, K-12 and higher education.

IF ELECTED, WHAT WILL YOU DO IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS IN OFFICE TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE?

A priority issue right now is funding the education system. I’m on the legislative Task force on funding this (with State Sen. Steve Litzow). I will work to ensure that we follow through with education funding for our public schools.

DO YOU SUPPORT/OPPOSE REFERENDUM 74: SHOULD GAY MARRIAGE BE LEGAL IN WASHINGTON? BRIEFLY, WHY?

I do support R-74 and I did vote — co-sponsor and vote — for the legislation in the 2012 session. I think that it’s important for all loving couples to have the same rights and responsibilities that I had during my 3 decades of marriage.

DO YOU SUPPORT/OPPOSE, INITIATIVE 502 TO MAKE SMALL AMOUNTS OF MARIJUANA LEGAL TO PEOPLE 21 AND OLDER? BRIEFLY, WHY?

I’m not supporting that Initiative. I would rather see this matter worked through the legislature and the federal concerns worked out. I previously voted for the medical marijuana bill in 2011, but it was vetoed by the governer due to federal compliance concerns.

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