Planning Commission Chair Fitzgibbon Announces Candidacy For State Rep.
On Monday (March 22), Burien Planning Commission Chair and Legislative Aide Joe Fitzgibbon announced that he was throwing his hat into the ring for the 34th District’s race for State Representative, in the seat being vacated by outgoing Rep. Sharon Nelson.
Fitzgibbon, a former legislative aide for Rep. Nelson, will be going up against several other area candidates, including:
- Mike Heavey
- Sabra Schneider
- Geoffrey “Mac” McElroy
- Marcee Stone
If elected, Fitzgibbon would be the first Burien resident in the Legislature since 1994. He is currently the only candidate in the race from Burien.
Fitzgibbon is endorsed by his former boss, Rep. Nelson, Rep. Dave Upthegrove of the 33rd District and Burien City Councilmember Brian Bennett.
The 34th District covers Burien, White Center, Burien, West Seattle, and Vashon and Maury Islands.
Here’s Joe’s press release:
BURIENâ€”Joe Fitzgibbon, legislative assistant for outgoing Rep. Sharon Nelson and chair of the Burien Planning Commission, today announced his candidacy for Nelsonâ€™s seat.
â€œI am running because the 34th District needs new ideas, a fresh perspective on the challenges facing our communities, and real Olympia experience to hit the ground running,â€ said Fitzgibbon, a longtime 34th LD resident making his first run for public office. â€œI am the only candidate in this race with local and state experience, and I plan to campaign full time for the job.â€
Nelson, who is seeking election to the State Senate, said, â€œI am excited to endorse Joe. He is highly respected in Olympia, both by legislators and staff, and has forged strong relationships that make him uniquely suited to represent our district in the Legislature. Our successes in reforming payday lending, protecting Maury Island and Puget Sound, and building an alliance of progressive legislators committed to working families and environmental protection owe a great deal to Joe’s policy knowledge and relationship-building.â€
Representative Dave Upthegrove of the 33rd District also endorsed Fitzgibbonâ€™s candidacy, noting, â€œIn order to move the Legislature to act on critical local issues like job creation and cleaning Puget Sound, we need dedicated, hard-working leaders in the House of Representatives. I know that Joe is exceptionally well-prepared to be the kind of lawmaker that we need in Olympia and am looking forward to serving with him.â€
Burien City Councilmember Brian Bennett, a former colleague of Fitzgibbonâ€™s on the Burien Planning Commission, stated, â€œJoe is exactly the strong, progressive leader we need in Olympia. As Chair of the Burien Planning Commission, Joe has taken tough stands on complex, controversial issues, including land use, transportation alternatives, density, and protection of sensitive shorelines. Too often, our elected officials donâ€™t exercise the leadership we need to get progressive policies in place, but Joe has demonstrated that he will be a strong, courageous State Representative.â€
Fitzgibbon would be the first Burien resident elected to the Legislature since 1994 and is the only candidate in the race from Burien.
Fitzgibbon noted, â€œI am proud of my work on behalf of West Seattle, Burien, North Highline, and Vashon during my service in the Legislature for the past three years. From tax reform to helping small businesses to funding our schools and colleges, we need focused, proven leadership. I look forward to the opportunities ahead.â€