34th District Democrats Endorse Marcee Stone For State Representative
by Mark Neuman
Receiving about two-thirds of the votes cast, Marcee Stone earned the endorsement of the 34th District Democrats last night (May 12), in the race to replace Sharon Nelson as State Representative, Position 2.
The 34th District covers most of Burien, and all of Vashon and Maury Islands, White Center and West Seattle.
Contender Joe Fitzgibbon came in second with the remaining votes.
Candidate Mike Heavey, in the early minutes of the meeting, surprised many by withdrawing his name from contention for the coveted endorsement.
â€œI am still in the race,â€ Heavey told The B-Town Blog. â€œWith respect to the 34th District Democratic organization, I could see I did not have the degree of support that Marcee and Joe had. So to streamline the (endorsement) process and keep the meeting moving, I took my name out.â€
Heavey said he has more â€œcash on handâ€ than each of his opponents have and that he intends to advance into the general election.
The primary election is August 17. Mail-in voting begins in late July.
Fitzgibbon told The B-Town Blog â€œI wish weâ€™d gotten the endorsement. But this is just one of many endorsements I am seeking. Itâ€™s onward and upward. Iâ€™ll be knocking on doors and working to win the primary.â€
Regarding Heaveyâ€™s removing his name from endorsement contention, Fitzgibbon said â€œMike made a very practical decision. The 34 District organization is a group who has known each other a long time. He knew it would be an uphill fight for him (to win the endorsement).â€
Stone told The B-Town Blog Wednesday night â€œI am very happy to have won this endorsement. I could not have done this without the help of many wonderful supporters and volunteers.â€
A fourth candidate in the race is local businessman and Navy veteran Geoffrey “Mac” McElroy. He is running as an independent.
Contacted by The B-Town Blog Thursday (May 13) McElroy said â€œI congratulate Marcee on her endorsement. I welcome her as the top contender, and Iâ€™d like to express my enthusiasm for lively debate and the opportunity to serve the people of the 34 th District through the democratic process.â€
State Rep. Sharon Nelson is running for the State Senate from the 34th District.