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Anthony Hemstad resigns from hospital district commission
Anthony Hemstad has resigned from the Public Hospital District No. 1 Board of Commissioners, now that his Kent home has sold and he's no longer living in the district.
Hemstad tendered his resignation in an email Sept. 22 to Dr. Paul Joos, the commission president.
Joos informed the commission of Hemstad's resignation in a letter Thursday after he returned from a vacation.
Earlier, Hemstad had resigned as a trustee on the Board of Trustees that oversees the operations of Valley Medical Center under a strategic alliance with UW Medicine. All five district commissioners serve as trustees.
The Public Hospital District still owns the medical center and elected commissioners oversee the district's taxes and some other non-medical-related functions.
Hemstad is three months shy of serving his full six-year term.
Two Kent residents, Barbara Drennen and Albert P. Haylor, are running in the Nov. 5 general election to replace Hemstad on the commission.
In his letter Joos told commissioners he plans to swear in the certified winner of the November election. That process is outlined in state law.
The next commission meeting is Nov. 4; the commission last met in August.
Hemstad was elected to the commission in 2007, beating incumbent Carole A. Anderson by 108 votes. He ran as a reform candidate.
"It has been an honor to represent and work for the best interests of the taxpayers and residents of King County Public Hospital District No. 1," Hemstad wrote in his email to Joos.
"I am glad that some basic reforms were able to be put in place in recent years but regret that more of the fundamental and wide-reaching changes that are desperately needed at the institution did not take place," he wrote.