By Evan Smith
Democratic 21st District State Sen. Marko Liias faces Republican Dan Matthews in the Aug. 5 primary and Nov. 4 general election.
With the two alone on the primary ballot, both are certain to advance to November.
Liias won appointment to the position after Former Sen. Paull Shin resigned in January. Liias earlier served six years in the State House of Representatives.
The 21st Legislative District includes most of Edmonds, unincorporated areas north of Edmonds and Lynnwood and northeast of Lynnwood, all of Mukilteo and part of south Everett.
Here are introductory statements from the candidates in the order they will appear on the primary ballot:
21st DISTRICT STATE SENATOR
Dan Matthews (Prefers G.O.P. Party)
Elected Experience: Shoreline School Board
Other Professional Experience: Currently, B-747 Contract Boeing Pilot Instructor; Retired Northwest Airlines 747 Captain Instructor, Airline Pilots’ Union; USAF Lt Colonel, decorated pilot, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Humanitarian airlifts.
Education: Bachelor’s, Political Science, University Puget Sound; Master’s, Public Administration, Golden Gate University; Senate Intern for Senator Fran Holman.
Community Service: Current: Technical Skills Career Task Force – mentoring, encouraging students in science, engineering, technical careers; South Everett – Mukilteo Rotary; Past church President, Treasurer; Federal Relations Network: lobbied for children – education issues; Little League Baseball coach. Member: Housing Hope, Domestic Violence Services. Nature Conservancy. Cousteau Society, founding member.
Marko Liias (prefers Democratic Party)
It has been a privilege to serve you for the past six years. With the retirement of Senator Paull Shin, I was honored to fill the seat of my friend and mentor.
Over the last six years, I have been an independent, thoughtful voice on the issues that matter to middle class families in our community. I am proud to have earned the support of our local teachers and firefighters, as well as organizations like Planned Parenthood Votes NW and the Sierra Club. I will continue to work for solutions that move our state forward. I ask for your vote.