Another Democrat joins race against GOP incumbent
January 26, 2010
By J.B. Wogan
Another Democrat has entered the race to unseat incumbent Glenn Anderson in the November election.North Bend resident David Spring will challenge Anderson and fellow Democrat Dean Willard. Spring lost to Anderson, a Fall City Republican, in the 2008 general election by about 3 percent.
Spring staked his campaign platform on education reform.
“Our public schools … are among the lowest funded, most over-crowded school districts in America,” he wrote in an e-mail. “This is not fair to our homeowners or school children.”
Spring said the Legislature had given too many tax breaks to major corporations while cutting public education funding.
“The Legislature has put the future of our children at risk just so mega-millionaires can buy bigger boats,” he said.
Spring’s entrance into the race makes for a sticky decision for Democrats in the 5th Legislative District.
The party’s rules say that the party can vote to endorse both candidates, but they can only officially nominate one. The nomination vote is scheduled for Feb. 16.
For Willard, the nomination could be a deal-breaker.
“I’ve made the promise to the 5th District Democrats that if I’m not the Democratic nominee, I’ll withdraw from the race,” Willard said. “I think it is important … I think it’s an indicator of whether the rank in file in the party support the candidate.”
But Spring’s candidacy does not hinge on the 5th District Democratic nomination.
“While I am hopeful that the 5th District Democrats will nominate me, I intend to run regardless,” he wrote.
Willard said he thought competition between him and Spring might give the race more visibility and underline dissatisfaction with Anderson as the incumbent. Still, he said he was wary of the negative impacts of two Democrats splitting supporters and resources.
He added that he supported Spring’s 2008 campaign both financially and through volunteer hours.
Since the top-two primary system allows Spring and Willard to run with or without an official party nomination, it doesn’t have to affect whose name appears on the August primary ballot. The impact would be in how nominations and endorsements influence canvassers and voters.
Spring has a master’s degree in education and more than 20 years of experience as a community college instructor.
Willard, a Sammamish resident, is a former T-Mobile executive who works as a technology management and information security consultant.
Anderson, a Fall City resident, has a bachelor’s degree in economics and 25 years of experience in banking and management consulting. Anderson has been in the state House of Representatives since 2000, winning the last five elections.
The district includes Issaquah, Snoqualmie, North Bend, Maple Valley and parts of unincorporated King County.
J.B. Wogan: 392-6434, ext. 247, or email@example.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.