Tea Party activist Elizabeth Scott to seek Pearson’s seat

Elizabeth Scott of Monroe, a conservative Republican with political roots in the Tea Party movement, launched a campaign Tuesday to succeed state Rep. Kirk Pearson, R-Monroe, in the 39th Legislative District.

Pearson is running this year to replace retiring state Sen. Val Stevens, R-Arlington.

In a campaign statement, Scott said: “Over the next seven months, I will visit as many of my neighbors as possible to listen to their ideas. Top concerns I’m hearing are jobs, fiscal responsibility, and schools.

“One out of seven of us are out of work or looking for more work; I will fight to lower our taxes and decrease the regulatory stranglehold on our economy so more jobs can be created,” she said.

She is the first announced candidate for the two-year term serving residents in rural areas of Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties

This is Scott’s second bid for state office. In 2010, while living in Edmonds, she made an unsuccessful attempt to unseat state Rep. Marko Liias, D-Edmonds. In that race, she won the endorsement of prominent Republicans including Attorney General Rob McKenna and Dino Rossi, then a candidate for U.S. Senate.

Scott also landed in the middle of a legal fight on whether to release the names of people who signed petitions to put Referendum 71 on the ballot in 2009. That measure aimed to repeal a law expanding rights of same-sex couples. She signed a petition and later joined the lawsuit to prevent release of her name citing threats she received when her involvement became public.

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