Photo courtesy Julia Reed

District 36 state Rep.-elect Julia Reed hugs a supporter at her election night party in Phinney Ridge on Nov. 8. Reed easily secured the win over her opponent Jeff Manson on election night.
Photo courtesy Julia Reed District 36 state Rep.-elect Julia Reed hugs a supporter at her election night party in Phinney Ridge on Nov. 8. Reed easily secured the win over her opponent Jeff Manson on election night.

While the Nov. 8 general election results have yet to be validated, Julia Reed didn’t have to wait any longer than election night last week to learn that she will be the newest District 36 state representative.

Reed easily defeated Jeff Manson for the seat currently filled by Rep. Noel Frame, who opted to run for state Sen. Reuven Carlyle’s seat after he announced he would not seek reelection. Frame handily defeated opponent Sara Martin in the general election, as well. State Rep. Liz Berry ran unopposed for District 36 position 2.

Reed said after election night results confirmed her win, she, her parents, friends and family had a party at a restaurant in Phinney Ridge, where they drank champagne and celebrated her successful campaign, which she launched Feb. 1.

“So, we just had a great time, enjoying the results, enjoying the moment,” she said.

Reed acknowledged her opponent, Jeff Manson, is a “great guy and a serious candidate,” but she’s confident in her lived experience as a black woman, the daughter of educators, and existing experience working within government, as well as the endorsements she received.

“I engaged with a really active electorate,” she said.

According to her bio, Reed, 35, is a lifelong Democrat who served in the Obama administration at the State Department and in the Political Military Affairs Bureau and the Office of Management and Budget. After returning to Seattle in 2017, she worked in the mayor’s office as a senior policy adviser. In 2020, she left city government to join non-profit social impact consulting firm Kinetic West.

Of her platform points she shared in her campaign, Reed said her thoughts on housing — the need for more in the city and state and the current challenges — resonated with voters. She said residents were also excited to hear about her thoughts on workforce development and creating more opportunities for students to access career and technical programs, as well.

Reed said her priorities as a legislator will continue to focus educational opportunities, climate change response, gun control issues and abortion rights.

“I feel like I have so many policy ideas swirling around in my head, and I’m hearing a lot of what they want in the 36th, so it’s hard to say what my single-top priority will be,” Reed said.

Although Reed is taking a vacation this week to decompress after her hard work campaigning, she won’t have much time to herself before she’ll begin preparing to join the legislature.

Reed said, from meeting other legislators to attending Democratic caucus meetings, she will be busy before the new session begins.

“There’s a lot of trainings and activities that happen in the next few months,” she said.

Reed said she imagines her first couple of weeks of the new legislative session will be spent establishing her office and opening lines of communication with constituents.

“I’m just really honored to have been elected and look forward to representing the 36th district in Olympia,” Reed said.


Election results as of Saturday




U.S. Senator

Patty Murray (D): 1,517,012, 56.99%

Tiffany Smiley (R): 1,139,160, 42.79%


Congressional District 7, U.S. Representative

Pramila Jayapal (D): 240,899, 85.22%

Cliff Moon (R): 40,523, 14.33%


State Executive

Steve Hobbs (D): 1,281,748, 49.81%

Julie Anderson (Non-Partisan): 1,187,576, 46.15%


Legislative District 36, State Senator

Noel Frame (D): 52,369, 83.51%

Kate Martin (D):  9,899, 15.78 %


Legislative District 36, State Representative Pos. 1

Julia G. Reed (D): 46,464, 75.15%

Jeff Manson (D): 8,226, 23.96%


King County, Prosecuting Attorney

Leesa Manion: 374,001, 56.85%

Jim Ferrell: 280,408, 42.62%


City of Seattle, Municipal Court Judge Position No. 3

Pooja Vaddadi: 137,771, 60.22%

Adam Eisenberg: 89,988, 39.33%


City of Seattle, Municipal Court Judge Position No. 7

Damon Shadid: 159,067, 69.42%

Nyjat Rose-Akins: 69,101, 30.15%


State Measures

Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5974

Repealed: 1,496,004, 59.2%

Maintained: 1,030,872, 40.8%


Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2076

Repealed: 1,315,692, 52.43%

Maintained: 1,193,950, 47.57%


King County Measures

Charter Amendment No. 1: Even-Numbered Election Years for Certain County Offices

Yes : 467,179, 69.49%

No: 205,073, 30.51%


King County

Proposition No. 1
Conservation Futures Levy

Approved: 495,779, 69.35%

Rejected: 219,073, 30.65%


City of Seattle

Proposition Nos. 1A and 1B

1. Should either of these measures be enacted into law?

Yes: 129,161, 50.35%

No: 127,364, 49.65%

2. Regardless of whether you voted yes or no above, if one of these measures is enacted, which one should it be?

Proposition 1A: 56,982, 24.58%

Proposition 1B: 174,860, 75.42%


Proposition 1A (submitted by Initiative Petition No. 134) and Proposition 1B (alternative proposed by the City Council and Mayor) concern allowing voters to select multiple candidates in City primary elections.

Proposition 1A (Initiative 134) would allow voters in primary elections for Mayor, City Attorney, and City Council to select on the ballot as many candidates as they approve of for each office. The two candidates receiving the most votes for each office would advance to the general election, consistent with state law. The City would consult with King County to include instructions on the primary ballot such as “vote for AS MANY as you approve of” for each office.

As an alternative, the Seattle City Council and Mayor have proposed Proposition 1B (Ordinance 126625), which would allow primary election voters for Mayor, City Attorney, and City Council to rank candidates by preference. In the first round of processing, each voter’s top preference would be counted. The candidate receiving the fewest would be eliminated. Successive rounds of counting would eliminate one candidate each round, counting each voter’s top preference among remaining candidates, until two candidates remain to proceed to the general election. King County would include instructions on the ballot for voters.