Former legislator receives Democrats’ endorsement for secretary of state

June 5, 2012

By Staff

Kathleen Drew, a onetime Issaquah state senator and former aide to Gov. Chris Gregoire, received state Democrats’ endorsement in the race to succeed retiring Secretary of State Sam Reed.

Drew received the nod at the state party convention June 2 after outpolling former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and Puyallup state Sen. Jim Kastama among party activists.

Though the candidates all appear on the August primary ballot, only Drew earned the party’s nod.

In the secretary of state race, Republicans closed ranks behind Thurston County Auditor Kim Wyman.

Voters pick the top two candidates, regardless of party affiliation, Aug. 7 in the all-mail primary election. The top vote recipients then advance to an all-mail general election Nov. 6.

The secretary of state serves as the top elections official in Washington. The office also handles registrations for corporations and charities.

Drew served as a representative for Issaquah and other Eastside communities in the mid-1990s.

In the Legislature, she crafted a tough ethics law for public employees and led the effort to protect the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery from budget cuts.

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