Marko Liias announces re-election bid for state Senate

By Brandon Gustafson | Apr 13, 2018
Marko Liias

State Sen. Marko Liias announced his re-election campaign to the Washington State Senate on Tuesday, April 10.

Liias, who represents Edmonds as senator for the 21st Legislative District, was first elected to the seat in 2014, and served as the Senate majority floor leader in the 2018 legislative session.

Liias already has endorsements from Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling and mayors from Everett and Lynnwood, along with the 21st Legislative District Reps. Lillian Ortiz-Self and Strom Peterson,and U.S. Congress members Rick Larsen and Suzan DelBene.

Liias also has an endorsement from Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson, who he worked with when he served as the city of Mukilteo’s policy analyst from 2014 through this past December, when the Mukilteo City Council eliminated his position.

Liias, born in Edmonds and raised in Mukilteo, graduated from Kamiak High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.

He served on the Mukilteo City Council from 2005 to 2007 before replacing Brian Sullivan, a former Mukilteo mayor, in the Washington House of Representatives in early 2008.

He later replaced Paull Shin as state senator after Shin stepped down due to medical issues.

“I’m proud of my contribution to the important progress we have made in Olympia, but we still have so much more to do to ensure all Washingtonians have the opportunity to succeed,” Liias said. “That work is my motivator heading into another campaign, so that I can continue to fight for families across our district and our state.”

Ortiz-Self said that Liias is standing up for youth in Washington with bills he sponsored in the 2018 legislative session.

“In a short time, Marko has become a true leader in the state senate for our district,” Ortiz-Self said. “Whether it’s fighting for our youth by banning gay conversion therapy or creating a student loan bill of rights, or standing up for families by giving us a refund on car tabs, Marko is an effective advocate for us.”

Leonard Kelly, the secretary treasurer of the Snohomish County Labor Council, sees Liias as someone who works hard for Washington families.

“Marko is a clear and consistent voice for working families,” Kelly said. “In the state senate, he has stood up for people over corporations and finds paths to increase access to economic opportunity for all.”

“Sen. Liias has been a champion for first responders, as well as protections that keep our schools, streets, and communities safe,” Thad Hovis, president of Southwest Snohomish Firefighters Local 1828, said. “He has our full support.”


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