County Council names 27th district state senator

By a vote of 7-0, the Pierce County Council appointed Yasmin Trudeau to fill the vacant 27th Legislative District state Senate seat during a meeting that lasted more than three hours.

The appointment came after questions from councilmembers and public comment.

“The grit of the community has shaped me, and it inspires me to represent the people of the 27th, the people of this city and the people of Pierce County in the Legislature,” Trudeau told the council during the Nov. 2 meeting, which fittingly was election day.

The district includes most of northern Tacoma.

Trudeau, a graduate of Foss High School in Tacoma, is an attorney and legislative director for the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.

“There are very few people that will walk into the Senate with legislative experience,” Chair Derek Young said. “It was clear that her story is very Tacoma, very south sound. Her experience will fit into this.”

Young described her as a “south sound fighter.”

“And that’s what we need,” he said.

Trudeau will fill the seat vacated by longtime Democratic Sen. Jeannie Darneille, who announced in September she was taking a new position with the state Department of Corrections.

The district’s Democratic precinct committee officers selected three finalists for consideration by the council. The other two finalists were Desiree Wilkins Finch and LaMont Green.


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