DV Charges Against Legislator Dropped

We ran the news when state Rep. Geoff Simpson, D-Covington, was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. The charges were dropped.

SEATTLE (AP) _ Domestic violence charges against a Democratic state representative have been dropped and Rep. Geoff Simpson of Covington, Wash., says he plans to run for re-election.

According to court papers filed Wednesday, the prosecutor for the south King County suburb says he no longer believes there is sufficient evidence to proceed with the charges.

Simpson was arrested in April after a dispute between the legislator and his ex-wife.

He had been charged in King County District Court with fourth-degree assault and interfering with a domestic violence report.

In an e-mail to supporters, Simpson says he’s on track to run for re-election and plans to resume the chairmanship of the House Local Government Committee, from which he temporarily stepped down.

Simpson was the House sponsor of the legislation that would have paid for part of the construction of the NASCAR speedway in Kitsap County.

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