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Originally published Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 7:16 PM

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Sen. Stevens to retire in 39th District; Rep. Pearson to run for seat

State Sen. Val Stevens, R-Arlington, who has served 20 years in the Legislature, has announced she will not seek re-election, and state Rep. Kirk Pearson, R-Monroe, plans to run for her seat.

Skagit Valley Herald

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State Sen. Val Stevens, R-Arlington, who has served 20 years in the Legislature, has announced she will not seek re-election, and state Rep. Kirk Pearson, R-Monroe, plans to run for her seat.

Both represent the 39th Legislative District, which includes all of Skagit County east of incorporated Burlington and Mount Vernon; Arlington and points east in Snohomish County and extreme northeastern King County.

Pearson has served in the state House for 12 years.

In a letter to constituents, Stevens said she wanted to spend more time with her children and grandchildren. She will continue to serve during the special session and through the rest of her term.

This biennium, Pearson sponsored bills that required notification for sex offenders attending public school and restricted the interest incurred by state credit cards. None has yet been signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire.

The governor did sign a bill Pearson sponsored that defines manure as an agricultural product for the purposes of commercial driver's licenses.

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