State House hopefuls headed for ’08 rematch in 5th District

August 24, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

The race to represent Issaquah and the 5th Legislative District is a 2008 rematch.

State Rep. Glenn Anderson and Democrat David Spring faced off in the last election. Spring fell short to the Republican incumbent by about 2,200 votes. They meet again in the November election.

Sammamish Democrat Dean Willard — the candidate endorsed by the local and state party — failed to advance beyond the Aug. 17 primary, despite raising more money than Anderson and Spring combined.

Fall City resident Anderson received 58 percent of the vote, compared to 25 percent for North Bend resident Spring. Willard received 17 percent.

The district includes Issaquah, North Bend, Snoqualmie and other Eastside communities.

In the neighboring legislative district, state Rep. Judy Clibborn held a double-digit lead over Bellevue Republican Stephen Strader, a first-time candidate. Clibborn, a four-term Democrat and Mercer Island resident, led in the contest, 56 percent to 38 percent. Independent candidate Orion Webster mustered 5 percent.

Clibborn represents Talus, other Cougar Mountain communities and unincorporated King County in the Issaquah area.

Incumbents lead in congressional contests

Democrat Suzan DelBene, a former Microsoft executive and Medina resident, outdistanced several long-shot candidates to face Congressman Dave Reichert in November.

Reichert, a former King County sheriff and Auburn resident, opened a big lead against DelBene: 47 percent to 27 percent.

Observers expect a close election in the race to represent Issaquah and the 8th Congressional District. No Democrat has represented the district that stretches across eastern King and Pierce counties.

Reichert led DelBene 46 percent to 29 percent in King County.

Republican Dino Rossi — the former Issaquah representative in the state Senate — and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray cleared a crowded primary field in the U.S. Senate race.

Murray led statewide: 46 percent for the incumbent Democrat and 33 percent for Rossi. Murray held a larger lead in King County: 59 percent to 27 percent.

Primary sets race for judge

Newcastle attorney Donna Tucker and Redmond City Prosecutor Larry Mitchell surged past Mercer Island attorney Ketu Shah in the race for a post on the King County District Court bench.

Tucker led the field at 45 percent, Mitchell placed in the No. 2 slot at 34 percent and Shah trailed at 21 percent.

The contest between Tucker and Mitchell aims to fill a position created by the county last year to address a growing caseload.

King County District Court is the largest court of limited jurisdiction in the state. The bustling court handles traffic infractions, misdemeanor criminal offenses and some civil cases. The district includes Issaquah, Sammamish, Bellevue, Redmond, Woodinville and parts of unincorporated King County.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or Comment at

Register to vote

King County residents must register to vote by late October in order to cast a ballot in the Nov. 2 election.

The deadline to register online or by mail is Oct. 4. Register to vote in person by Oct. 25. Registered voters should also update outdated information before the deadlines.

In order to register, a person must be a U.S. citizen, a Washington resident, at least 18 by Election Day and not under the authority of the state Department of Corrections.

Voters do not have to register by political party or declare political party membership to vote in primary or general elections.

Find a full list of requirements and registration forms at the King County Elections website.

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