Challenger launches campaign to represent Issaquah neighborhoods in state Senate

January 7, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 7, 2010

Bellevue Republican Gregg Bennett launched a campaign Tuesday for the District 48 state Senate seat. The district includes the South Cove neighborhoods in western Issaquah.

Bennett described himself as a moderate Republican who said his No. 1 priority as a state lawmaker would be education. He touted his involvement with community, education and sports groups.

“I’m ready to roll up my sleeves to get administrators, principals, teachers, parents, kids…and even our legislative leaders all working together towards the same goal — to make sure our kids are our first priority and their futures are bright,” Bennett said in a news release.

Besides South Cove in Issaquah, the district includes parts of Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond.

State Sen. Rodney Tom, a Medina Democrat, has represented the district in the Legislature’s upper chamber since 2006. In Olympia, the lawmaker serves on the Senate Ways & Means, Early Learning & K-12 Education and Judiciary committees.

Tom served in the state House of Representatives as a Republican from 2002 until voters elevated him to the Senate. The lawmaker switched party affiliations to run for the Senate seat.

Tom filed last year to run for the seat in 2010. He had raised about $33,000 in campaign cash by the end of December, state Public Disclosure Commission filings show.

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