Connelly: Rep. Jessyn Farrell: Willing to trade safe seat for 24/7 mayor's job

Joel Connelly writes on

State Rep. Jessyn Farrell fesses up that she has a "fairly comfortable position in the Legislature," but is willing and eager to trade the comfort of her safe seat for a 24/7 job in harm's way -- Mayor of Seattle.

It's part of what Farrell, 43, describes as "mission based politics." She defines it with Generation X jokes, a reference to being a "hippie idealist," and to Jewish traditions that define her mission: "My job is to help mend a broken world."

The 46th District legislator, once director of the Transportation Choices Coalition, is facing some immediate choices.

She cannot, as a legislator, raise campaign cash while the Legislature is in session. Gov. Jay Inslee has just called lawmakers back into special session, with signs the budget stalemate will last far into June.

The primary election is coming up August 1. In a "fluid situation," Farrell must think about quitting the Legislature, especially when facing the fundraising juggernaut of ex-U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan. "I am all in," Farrell said.

She would be the first woman to serve as Mayor since Bertha K. Landes nearly a century ago. She is the mother of three young children, and faces logistics of busy parents raising a family.

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