State Sen. Luke Esser, R-Bellevue, has accepted a job in state Attorney General Rob McKenna's office. He will stay in the Senate, taking...

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State Sen. Luke Esser, R-Bellevue, has accepted a job in state Attorney General Rob McKenna’s office. He will stay in the Senate, taking unpaid leave from his new job during the legislative session. The job starts Monday.

Esser, who has served in the Senate since 2002 and before that was a two-term state representative, said he was granted approval in March by the state’s Legislative Ethics Board to take the job.

He will work in community relations, acting as a liaison between the Attorney General’s Office and law-enforcement agencies around the state. The goal is to help agencies coordinate with the office on issues such as methamphetamine production and identification theft, Esser said.

Esser said he doesn’t think there is any ethical problem in taking the position, even if he is occasionally faced with a Senate vote on a law-enforcement issue the Attorney General’s Office has dealt with.

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“Every legislator has had to consider the issue of conflict of interest on a particular issue they’re voting on, whether it’s law enforcement or Boeing,” he said.

Esser previously worked as an aide and policy director for McKenna for nine years while McKenna served on the Metropolitan King County Council.

He represents the 48th District, which includes Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Medina, Clyde Hill, Yarrow Point and Hunts Point.

Bellevue

City councilman to run for re-election

City Councilman Don Davidson has announced he will run for re-election.

Davidson, a dentist, started on the council in 1984 and has served almost continuously since then, except for two short breaks.

Davidson, 65, was also mayor from 1994-95 and has sat on many city and regional commissions and committees. During the last city election, he ran unopposed.

Davidson, who says he will focus on — among other things — creating a cultural heart for Bellevue, has not yet been challenged for his seat.

Woodinville

City seeks artwork from community


Woodinville is offering artists the opportunity to exhibit their work at City Hall, the Community Center and local parks.

The Woodinville Public Arts Advisory Committee is accepting submissions for the city’s Artist of the Month and art-walk program. The committee is looking for all types of art, such as painting, photography, drawings and sculptures.

For more information, contact Brenda Eriksen at 425-489-2700, ext. 2232.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau