Sammamish candidate launches bid for state House seat
December 14, 2009
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 12:33 p.m. Dec. 14, 2009
Dean Willard, a Sammamish resident, former T-Mobile executive and Democrat, entered the 2010 race for the state House seat held by Glenn Anderson.
Anderson, a Fall City Republican, was first elected to represent the 5th District in 2000, and re-elected subsequently.
“I believe my 20 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience will help me start quickly solving our state’s ongoing budget crisis, ensuring stronger economic development and building a world-class public school system,” Willard said in a statement released by the campaign Monday morning.
Willard, a former vice president at Bellevue-based T-Mobile, works as an information technology and security consultant.
Anderson was re-elected last year. The incumbent garnered about 52 percent of the vote over challenger David Spring.
Anderson is the ranking member on the House Higher Education Committee. He also serves on the Capital Budget and Education Appropriations committees.
Besides Issaquah, Sammamish and Fall City, the 5th District includes Snoqualmie, North Bend, Maple Valley and parts of unincorporated King County.