Greg Hoover runs for state House

January 5, 2010

By J.B. Wogan

Greg Hoover

Greg Hoover

Sammamish resident Greg Hoover announced Dec. 22 that he would seek a position in the state House of Representatives.

Hoover, a Realtor and real estate attorney, will run in 2010 against Republican Jay Rodne for one of two 5th Legislative District seats.

Hoover is casting himself as a tough business professional with an optimistic streak.The state is facing a predicted $2.6 billion budget deficit that will surely dominate the 2010 legislative session.

Hoover’s early positions are based around things he won’t do, like raising taxes. He said he is against introducing an income tax, too.

“It’s going to cost a lot of money just to get it started,” he said, adding that it was a less convenient revenue source than a sales tax. “It’s a tax that’s hard to collect on.”

Hoover has a master’s in tax law, in addition to his general law degree.

He also said he wouldn’t vote for deeper cuts in state education funding and is against teacher-to-student ratios ballooning beyond what they currently are.

Hoover also wouldn’t be in favor of tolling Interstate 90.

“I think that would ask way too much of people on the Eastside, specifically in the 5th District,” he explained.

He said he was less sure of whether the state should toll state Route 520.

Hoover described himself as a moderate Democrat, with an emphasis on moderate. While he was glad Referendum 71 passed in November, he said he would not vote in favor of a gay marriage bill.

He said he is pro-choice, but feels conflicted about the position, given that he is also Catholic.

Rodne declared his candidacy in early December and has raised $9,400 so far, according to the state Public Disclosure Commission.

Rodne was appointed to a seat in the Legislature in 2004 when then-5th District Rep. Cheryl Pflug became a state senator. Rodne won an uncontested election campaign in 2006 and defeated Democrat Jon Viebrock in 2008 by 13,541 votes.

Reporter J.B.: 392-6434, ext. 247, jbwogan@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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