Candidates file for legislative races

June 15, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

The candidates to represent Issaquah in Olympia include some familiar faces and political newcomers.

June 11 marked the deadline to file as a candidate for federal, state, county, city, judicial offices. No city posts will be decided this year.

State Rep. Glenn Anderson announced his re-election campaign late June 10, 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.

“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.

The race also includes 2008 Democratic candidate David Spring, although the local party has endorsed Willard.

Incumbent GOP Rep. Jay Rodne will face Sammamish Democrat Greg Hoover, a 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 June 10. The district includes Talus, Cougar Mountain neighborhoods and part of unincorporated King County.

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. The race also includes independent candidate Orion Webster.

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 Senate 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 will face Bellevue Republican Philip Wilson in her bid for another state House term.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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