Federal Way Chamber CEO will not seek 30th District House seat in 2020

Rebecca Martin said it’s critical the chamber continues to build on the strategic foundation for economic opportunities in the region.

Federal Way Chamber CEO Rebecca Martin (D-Federal Way) announced on Tuesday she is withdrawing from the 2020 race for the District 30 seat in the Washington House of Representatives.

Martin’s announcement follows the news that Rep. Kristine Reeves (D- Federal Way) resigned her legislative position to explore running for Congress in 2020.

Martin was running for Rep. Mike Pellicciotti’s seat, who announced his early bid for state treasurer in May.

“At this point in time, I believe that working with the House is more important than being in the House,” Martin stated in a press release. “The Chamber is an investment in our community and I will continue to direct my passion toward data-driven advocacy for an economy that provides living wage jobs in the greater Federal Way area.”

Martin noted her intent to run for office was influenced by the economic development studies the chamber began with state grant funding in 2018.

“Now more than ever, it is critical that we continue to build on the strategic foundation for economic opportunities in the region,” she stated.

She added that she looks forward to continuing economic development projects with support from the Legislature and expects that will demand a more focused effort from the chamber as it looks for funding in 2020 and 2021.

“We’ve made progress in identifying opportunities to grow jobs and that needs to continue,” she continued in the press release. “I remain committed to promoting the business community and connecting the economic possibilities in the south Puget sound.”

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