Democrat Javier Valdez picked to fill legislative seat vacated by Seattle’s Jessyn Farrell

The Metropolitan King County Council has appointed longtime local Democratic leader Javier Valdez as a state representative from the 46th District of North Seattle.

The Metropolitan King County Council on Monday appointed longtime local Democratic Party leader Javier Valdez as state representative for North Seattle’s 46th Legislative District.

Valdez, 46, will replace Jessyn Farrell, who resigned to focus on her campaign for Seattle mayor. He’ll complete the remainder of Farrell’s term through 2018.

A longtime behind-the-scenes mover in local Democratic politics, Valdez was founding chair of the King County Young Democrats and has been a member of the state Democratic Party’s executive board since 2003.

He has worked for the city of Seattle for more than 20…

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