State Rep. Glenn Anderson is running for lieutenant governor

January 17, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

State Rep. Glenn Anderson entered the race for lieutenant governor Jan. 5, as 2012 campaigns coalesced for local candidates.

Rep. Glenn Anderson

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.”

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

The longtime lawmaker said he 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 returned to Olympia on Jan. 9 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.

Chad Magendanz, a Republican and the Issaquah School Board president, entered the race Jan. 5 to succeed Anderson in the House of Representatives.

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