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Maple Valley community leader to challenge Rodne in Fifth District

From a press release:

Education advocate, former small business owner and community leader, Essie Hicks announced that she will challenge State Representative Jay Rodne (R- North Bend) for the Washington's fifth legislative district, which includes part of Renton.

Hicks enters the race with the endorsement of State Representative Ross Hunter (D-Bellevue) and Issaquah Councilmember Tola Marts.

Hicks has served the City of Maple Valley as a planning commissioner, on the Board of the Maple Valley Farmers Market, and as a PTA Legislative Liaison.

“I believe my experience as a business owner, my long history in service to my community, and as the mother of five boys, I am ready to represent all residents of the Fifth District,” said Hicks in a press release.

As the Legislative Director for Issaquah Valley Elementary and passionate education advocate, Essie helped the successful Issaquah bond and levy campaigns that passed with over 69 percent of the vote.

“In Olympia, I will work everyday to provide all our kids with a quality and fully funded education, deliver real transportation solutions that work for our region, and protect and preserve the natural resources that make our state so unique,” said Hicks.

As a single mother, Hicks began her own successful therapeutic massage business and was able to hire other mothers looking to support their families. Her early business model is still the framework for the thriving practice. That experience gave Hicks an entrepreneurial spirit and creative problem-solving attitude. She is currently a member of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.

According to Hicks, “For too long, Representative Rodne has not been there for our district on key issues including education, transportation, and women’s health. By electing me, you will have a friend who can effectively advocate for you in Olympia.”

Hicks graduated Magna Cum Laude from Washington State University and will earn her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Seattle University in June. She currently lives in Issaquah with her husband and five sons.

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