Federal Way legislator Reeves resigns from House seat

30th District Democrat Rep. Kristine Reeves announced on Monday she is stepping down immediately.

Rep. Kristine Reeves

Rep. Kristine Reeves

Federal Way Rep. Kristine Reeves is resigning from her House seat, she announced on Monday.

In a video on her Facebook page, Reeves talked about her accomplishments during the past three years in the Legislature. These include playing an important role in supporting the biggest raise in K-12 teacher salaries in the nation, 12 weeks of paid family leave to care for loved ones or newborns to pushing for the state’s first environmental justice directive and creating a path for affordable childcare for working families in Washington, a subsequent press release posted by Reeves noted.

“…Even though we’ve accomplished so much in this Washington, critical priorities to our kids, to working families and to communities are under attack in Washington, D.C. and that has to change,” she said in the video.

She asked her constituents to join her in “the next phase of this fight.” However, she did not say in her video what her plans are following her depature from the Legislature, or if she plans to run for Congress.

“I am exploring options but have no announcements at this time,” Reeves told the Mirror on Monday when questioned about the potential of running for a seat in the U.S. Congress.

Whether serving the larger community means in a government position or even a nonprofit, Reeves told the Mirror she is “not done being a public servant.”

Federal Way City Council member Jesse Johnson told the Mirror he will be seeking the appointment to Reeves’ seat.

In the wake of her immediate resignation, the 30th District Democrats expressed their gratitude for Reeves “exceptional representational leadership,” according to a press release.

“Her accomplishments as a legislative leader who is accessible to her community while working full-time and raising two young children with her husband further exemplifies the tenacity that she carries with her into everything she is tasked to do,” it states.

While her departure is met with sadness, the 30th District Democrats wrote they look forward to seeing how Reeves serves the community next.

The 30th LD Democrats, along with the state Democratic party, are also working to fill Reeves’ vacant seat, the press release states.

“This process is expected to move quickly as session begins in just a few weeks and our goal is to have a full delegation as soon as possible for fair and equal representation,” the release continues.

In early January 2020, the state party will call a meeting of the 30th LD Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) to determine three candidates whose names will be forwarded to a joint meeting of the King and Pierce county councils for consideration and appointment.

In anticipation of this process, the 30th LD Democrats invite all possible candidates, PCOs and interested parties to an informal “meet and greet” from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 at the Washington Education Association (32032 Weyerhaeuser Way S. in Federal Way).

Questions about this process can be directed to drew@wa-democrats.org.

“The 30th LD Democrats are looking for forward to supporting the process of finding a new legislator that will continue the work Representative Reeves has done,” the release closes. “Thank you Rep. Reeves for setting the bar high and being a true champion for Washingtons’ 30th LD.”

The Mirror will update this story when more information becomes available.


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