When state Rep. Fred Jarrett announced last week he was going to switch parties next year and run for the state Senate as a Democrat, we weren’t sure exactly when the switch would take effect.
Jarrett cleared that up today: When he comes to Olympia for the session that starts Jan. 14, he’ll be sitting on the Democrats’ side of the aisle. New seat. New caucus. New friends.
That will give Speaker Chopp, a Seattle Democrat, a 63-35 majority heading into the fall election. His goal is to have a House made up entirely of Democrats. Chopp told reporters in April that he had his eye on six more Republican seats in the upcoming election cycle and he’s already picked up one of them without spending a penny of Democrat money.
Meanwhile, our Tri-City Herald colleague Chris Mulick reports that two people already have lined up to replace Jarrett in the 41st Legislative District. Mercer Island City Councilman Steve Litzow will run as a Republican. Former Renton School Board member Marcie Maxwell will run as a Democrat.