Issaquah representative enters race for lieutenant governor

January 6, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Jan. 6, 2011

State Rep. Glenn Anderson entered the race for lieutenant governor Thursday, as 2012 campaigns coalesced for local candidates.

The formal announcement had been expected for days, after the Fall City Republican said he did not intend to run for another term in November.

Anderson joins a crowded field angling to fill the state’s No. 2 job. Incumbent Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, a Democrat, also faces challenges from former GOP state Sen. Bill Finkbeiner and independent candidate Mark Greene, a Newcastle resident.

“We all know that our nation and state face exceptionally challenging circumstances. This situation requires very hard work and creativity to recapture the American dream in Washington,” Anderson said in a statement. “Olympia must step out of its comfort zone of bending to organized special interests — of both the left and the right — to empower the greater, common good.”

The longtime lawmaker plans to start campaigning for the post after the legislative session concludes in March, although special sessions to address the state budget gap could shift the schedule. (Legislators return to Olympia on Monday for the 2012 regular session.)

State law prohibits campaign fundraising for lawmakers and other elected state officials 30 days before a regular legislative session, and during the session.

Anderson outlined a campaign focused on education, economic development and spending issues.

“When travelling around our state the No. 1 concern I hear from citizens is their frustration,” he said. “They say ‘How do we restart our future and what are we trying to achieve?’ In this economy, we all struggle with economic and personal challenges. I’m going to try to change that. That means really challenging Olympia to break the business-as-usual attitude. But it also means challenging voters on what it takes to deliver a prosperous future. Are we going to build and own our future? Or, will we merely allow Olympia to argue as it just happens?”

Anderson joins former 5th Legislative District Sen. Kathleen Drew in the hunt for a statewide elected office. Drew, a Democrat, is running to succeed Sam Reed, the retiring secretary of state.

Chad Magendanz, a Republican and the Issaquah School Board president, entered the race Thursday to succeed Anderson in the House of Representatives.

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