Mayor says he’s doing good job, reportedly joins race for House seat
MONROE - Mayor Robert Zimmerman believes he has done such a good job as mayor that he is tossing his hat in the race for Rep. Kirk Pearson’s seat in the state House of Representatives.
Pearson is stepping down to run for a Senate seat.
In an e-mail to his friend Chad Minnick, Zimmerman wrote he was considering a run for Pearson’s seat. “I believe that we have had significant success here in Monroe — that was made especially clear in an e-mail I received just yesterday from Kim, a rep(resentative) from BHS Inc. She stated that she and Rick H. (builder) have ‘been so happy to be working with the city staff’ while building in Monroe. What progress! Happy to be working with City Hall :),” Zimmerman writes. The e-mail was dated Friday, March 30.
The e-mail was leaked to someone who posted it on Facebook. Zimmerman did not reply to the Tribune’s request for comment. The Herald reported that Zimmerman will be running for the House seat as a Republican.
Two other Monroe residents have also entered the race, the Herald reported. They are tea partier Elizabeth Scott, who will be running as a Republican, and Eleanor Walters, who will be running as a Democrat.
Pearson represents the 39th Legislative District and is seeking to replace Sen. Val Stevens, R-Arlington, who is retiring.
The official candidate filing period begins next month, when more candidates may file.
The 39th Legislative District includes rural parts of Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties.
By STEPHANIE KOSONEN
Published April 11, 2012