Kristine Lytton announced on the state House Democrats website today that she will retire from her state house seat at the end of this year. She has been in office for 8 years. She lives in Anacortes and has described herself as a strong advocate for the education of children.
Thus, her seat will be open for filing in June by those who may want to succeed her. The 40th district was gerrymandered to be a safe Democrat district, while the 42nd was also gerrymandered to be a safe Republican district. The two parties worked together after the 2010 census to create safe districts for each other in a congenial trading process. Thus the only candidates with much chance of success will be Democrats - picked by the party operatives. Independents and Republicans have little chance in the 40th.
Jeff Morris is the other 40th House representative. Kevin Ranker is the state senator from the 40th.