Candidates to face off in Eastside forums

October 5, 2010

By Staff

Hear the candidates in legislative and congressional races discuss the economy, education and other issues at forums in Issaquah and Newcastle.

The candidates in the contests to represent Issaquah in the state House of Representatives plan to attend a forum hosted by the Issaquah Valley Elementary Parent Teacher Association. The discussion is focused on 5th Legislative District education. The district includes most of Issaquah and Sammamish, plus North Bend and Snoqualmie.

The education forum is Oct. 12 at Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

The incumbent Republicans, Glenn Anderson and Jay Rodne, and Democrats David Spring and Gregory Hoover plan to attend.

Though the forum is open to the public, state PTA bylaws prohibit the display of candidate signs, buttons or materials during the discussion.

The contest for the Position 1 seat pits Rodne against Hoover. The race for the other seat includes Anderson and Spring.

Election Day is Nov. 2, and ballots must be postmarked or dropped off at designated locations by 8 p.m.

Talk turns to business at a breakfast hosted by the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce. The state House candidates plan to attend the Oct. 13 event at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Though the candidates to represent Issaquah in the other Washington — incumbent Republican Dave Reichert and Democrat Suzan DelBene — do not plan to debate, the opponents plan to appear at a Newcastle candidate forum Oct. 16.

The event, presented by the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce, The Golf Club at Newcastle and the Municipal League Foundation, also features legislative candidates and King County ballot measures.

King County Councilman Larry Phillips is due to make the case for a proposed county charter amendment emphasizing the role of county government in rural areas.

Sheriff Sue Rahr plans to explain a proposed charter amendment to grant the sheriff the authority to negotiate conditions in labor contracts with King County Sheriff’s Office employees.

Legislative candidates in the 41st Legislative District also plan to attend the Newcastle event. The district includes Talus and other Cougar Mountain communities in Issaquah, plus Newcastle and rural King County.

House candidates include incumbent Democrat Marcie Maxwell and Republican Peter Dunbar; and incumbent Democrat Judy Clibborn and Republican Stephen Strader. In the Senate race, incumbent Democrat Randy Gordon faces Republican Steve Litzow.

Debbie Berto, publisher of The Issaquah Press and Newcastle News, is the moderator of the legislative portion.

County Councilman Reagan Dunn also plans to speak in support of a state measure on the November ballot, Engrossed Substitute House Joint Resolution 4220.

The measure aims to grant judges more leeway in denying bail to dangerous offenders. Legislators sent the measure to voters in the aftermath of the November 2009 slayings of four Lakewood police officers by felon Maurice Clemmons.

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