With Milton Mayor Katrina Asay leading Carol Gregory in the race for 30th District House Position Two, it appears Milton could get a new mayor soon.
Asay told The News Tribune last month she planned to resign as mayor if she were elected to the Legislature. She said state law doesn’t require her to step down as mayor.
“It’s my intent to resign,” Asay said. “I haven’t made an absolute decision.”
Asay said it could be a conflict of interest for her to serve in the Legislature deciding on matters that affect Milton, while continuing as the city’s mayor. Milton is a city of 6,540 that straddles Pierce and King counties.
Asay, a Republican, was ahead of Gregory, a Democrat, in the race in the race to fill the Federal Way-area seat left open by Rep. Skip Priest’s run for Federal Way mayor.
Asay, making her first bid for the Legislature, has been mayor of Milton since 2003. Gregory is director of Burst for Prosperity, an anti-poverty initiative.
During the campaign, both agreed that adding jobs is a critical issue in their district, but took different approaches to the problem.
Gregory, the only Democrat in the August primary for the position, ran against Priest, R-Federal Way, in 2008 and lost.
Asay defeated three other Republicans and finished second to Gregory in the primary.
If Asay defeats Gregory and resigns as mayor, the Milton City Council would then appoint a new mayor to serve until the next general municipal election – most likely next November.
The council could appoint one of its own members or anyone else eligible to run for elected office in Milton, according to Milton City Administrator Subir Mukerjee. The winner in the general election would serve out the remainder of Asay’s term, which runs through the end of 2014.