State Rep. Glenn Anderson announces re-election bid as deadline nears

June 10, 2010

By Staff

UPDATED — 7:40 a.m. June 11, 2010

Candidates to represent Issaquah in Olympia readied campaign plans as the Friday deadline to file for election approached.

State Rep. Glenn Anderson announced his campaign late Thursday, a week after Democrat Dean Willard kicked off his bid for the seat. Anderson, a Fall City Republican, has held the 5th Legislative District post for a decade.

State Rep. Glenn Anderson

“In spite of the drastic downturn in the economy, the Legislature and governor ignored the effects on regular people outside of Olympia,” Anderson said in a campaign news release. “We need to get Washington back on track with a ‘live-within-our-means’ budget and no new taxes. We should not be following California down the road to bankruptcy.”

Willard, a Sammamish information technology consultant and a former T-Mobile executive, launched his campaign at Vino Bella in downtown Issaquah on June 3.

Friday afternoon marks the deadline to file as a candidate for federal, state, county, city, judicial offices. No city posts will be decided this year.

“So far, filing has been fairly consistent with past volumes and we are seeing more and more candidates take advantage of the convenience of online filing,” King County Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a news release. “History and human nature suggest we’ll see another surge of filings on Friday.”

Local candidates for the Legislature had filed with King County Elections by late Thursday.

Incumbent GOP Rep. Jay Rodne will face Sammamish Democrat Greg Hoover, real estate agent and attorney, for the other 5th Legislative District seat.

King County Council members appointed Rodne, a North Bend attorney, to the seat in 2004 when then-5th District representative Cheryl Pflug became a state senator. Rodne has been elected and re-elected since.

Besides Issaquah, the 5th Legislative District includes North Bend and Snoqualmie, as well as parts of Sammamish, Renton and unincorporated King County.

In the neighboring 41st Legislative District, races between incumbent legislators and challengers had been set by late Thursday. The district includes Talus and southwest Issaquah.

State Sen. Randy Gordon will face Steve Litzow, a Mercer Island councilman and a Republican. Litzow lost a House race in the district to Democrat Marcie Maxwell in 2008.

King County Council members appointed Gordon, a Bellevue Democrat, to the seat in January, after former state Sen. Fred Jarrett stepped down to become deputy King County executive. The winner in the Senate race will fill the unexpired term; the seat will be up for election again in 2012.

Maxwell, a Renton real estate agent, will face Republican Peter Dunbar, a Mercer Island physician, in order to retain her House seat.

Republican Stephen Strader, a Bellevue software consultant, entered the race against state Rep. Judy Clibborn for the other seat. Voters elected Clibborn, a Mercer Island Democrat, to the post in 2002.

Greenwood Point and South Cove voters reside in the 48th Legislative District, and will help decide those legislative races.

Republican Gregg Bennett, a Bellevue entrepreneur, hopes to unseat state Sen. Rodney Tom, a Medina resident. Tom, a Republican-turned-Democrat, has represented the district in the Legislature’s upper chamber since 2006.

Bellevue Republican Diane Tebelius, a former federal prosecutor, will challenge Medina Democrat Ross Hunter, five-term state representative and a former Microsoft executive.

Kirkland Democrat Deb Eddy had not drawn a challenger by late Thursday as she seeks another state House term.

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