ELECTION 2010: Liias ahead in 21st District race

  • By Katie Murdoch Enterprise editor
  • Tuesday, November 2, 2010 11:08pm

Incumbent Marko Liias kept a short distance ahead of opponent Elizabeth Scott, a Republican, in the race to keep his seat as state representative.

Liias said Nov. 2 the election is a test of whether his constituents feel his efforts are geared in the right direction.

The election results are telling him to get back to work balancing budgets and creating jobs, he said.

“The trend is heading in a positive direction,” he said. “In a tough election year, we’re coming in with the vote.”

The 21st Legislative District covers southwest Snohomish County, including Mukilteo, Lynnwood and most of Edmonds.

Liias’ priorities include helping small businesses create jobs, investing in public education and boosting transit and congestion relief projects.

Liias earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and completed graduate work in public affairs at the University of Washington. Liias was the first in his family to attend college. He resides in Edmonds.

The state representative serves as vice chairman of the House Transportation Committee and formerly served on the Mukilteo City Council.

Scott is a homemaker residing in Edmonds. She earned a master’s degree in teaching English as a foreign language from Southern Illinois University after receiving a bachelor’s in linguistics from Seattle Pacific University.

Her priorities include creating jobs by cutting taxes and regulations; reducing the size and increasing the efficiency of state government and putting more control over education in the hands of principals and teachers.

“Most people are upset about the out-of-control spending at every level of government,” she said previously. “They’re very concerned about jobs, and they’re very concerned about high taxes chasing jobs from our state. A lot of people are worried about business, too.”

Read a wrap-up of South County Legislative races at www.enterprisenewspapers.com.

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