Local Democrats endorse hopefuls in state House races

February 23, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 23, 2010

Local Democrats endorsed candidates Greg Hoover and Dean Willard in the race to represent Issaquah in Olympia.

Hoover, a Sammamish real estate agent and real estate attorney, seeks the seat held by Republican Jay Rodne, a North Bend attorney appointed to the state House in 2004 when then-5th District representative Cheryl Pflug became a state senator.

Willard, a Sammamish information technology consultant and a former vice president at Bellevue-based T-Mobile, will run against Republican Glenn Anderson, a Fall City resident first elected to the House in 2000.

The race for Anderson’s seat also includes David Spring, a North Bend community college instructor. He plans to place his name on the primary ballot despite the lack of formal backing from Democrats. Anderson defeated Spring in the 2008 contest.

Rodne did not draw a challenger in 2006, and defeated Democrat Jon Viebrock in 2008 by more than 19 percent of the vote.

Democratic precinct committee officers elected or appointed from precincts across the 5th District made the nominations during meeting Feb. 16 at the King County Library Service Center in Issaquah.

Besides Issaquah and Sammamish, the 5th District includes Fall City, North Bend, Snoqualmie, Maple Valley and parts of unincorporated King County.

“The amount of public interest in the legislative races this year is proof positive that the voters of the 5th Legislative District believe its time for more courageous and effective representation in the House,” 5th District Democrats Chairwoman Jennifer Sutton said in a news release.

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