EVERETT — Two Democratic candidates have entered the race for a state House seat that will become vacant this fall.
Rep. Jared Mead, D-Mill Creek, is planning to leave state office after the November election. He was appointed to the Snohomish County Council last week and will serve in both positions through the fall, which is allowed under state law.
Anne Anderson of Lake Stevens announced her candidacy last month and plans to formally launch her campaign Friday. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it will be a “virtual” kickoff on the video conferencing platform Zoom.
Anderson is the executive director of Victim Support Services and former executive director of the Lake Stevens Community Food Bank.
April Berg of Mill Creek launched her campaign Tuesday. Berg serves on the Mill Creek Planning Commission and was elected to the Everett district school board in November.
Marysville City Councilman Mark James, a Republican, is also seeking the seat. James said in December he would challenge incumbent state Rep. John Lovick, D-Mill Creek, but is now pursuing the open seat, according to filings with the state Public Disclosure Commission.
The 44th District covers central and southern parts of the county, including the cities of Mill Creek, Snohomish, Marysville and Lake Stevens.