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By Lou Marzeles

McCabe to be sworn in early

Ceremony in Goldendale on New Year’s Day


Representative-elect Gina McCabe will begin her new position 12 days earlier than the rest of her freshman legislative colleagues.

The new 14th Legislative District representative will be sworn in Jan. 1, 2015, at 1 p.m. on the courthouse steps in Goldendale.

McCabe will take office early because her predecessor, outgoing Rep. Charles Ross, is set to take up his new duties as Yakima County Auditor on Jan. 1 and is resigning his office as representative effective Dec. 31. In order to maintain representative continuity for the 14th District, McCabe will take office as Ross leaves.

In a letter dated Dec. 22 to Gov. Jay Inslee, Ross wrote, “I feel that it is in the best interest of the people I serve to hold only one office, even if my term would be expiring 12 days later.”

Ross added his support for McCabe. “I am also pleased that voters have chosen Gina McCabe to fill my seat as the new state representative for the 14th District,” he wrote. “I have full faith and confidence in Rep.-elect McCabe.”

Ross closed with gratitude for serving in office since 2007.

“My thanks to the citizens of the 14th District for giving me the great honor to serve them in the Washington State House of Representatives.”

Being sworn in early gives McCabe slight, but significant, seniority over the rest of her freshman “class.”

McCabe says she’s looking forward to being sworn in at the courthouse in Goldendale. “It’s home,” she states. “I’m excited to begin representing this district at the start of the new year right here in Goldendale.”


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