Candidates receive boost from Municipal League of King County
July 10, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
Issaquah candidates for the Legislature received top marks from the Municipal League of King County, as the nonpartisan organization ranked candidates a little more than a month before the Aug. 7 primary.
The league ranks candidates through a rigorous process during each election cycle. The ratings provide a tool for voters — plus fodder for candidates’ campaign mailers and websites.
Evaluators scrutinize candidate records, check references, review candidate questionnaires and interview the electoral hopefuls. The league rates candidates on a set of criteria: involvement, character, effectiveness and knowledge.
Candidates then receive a grade ranging from the prized outstanding to the less-desirable not qualified. The league released ratings July 2.
On the Web
Read questionnaire responses from candidates for county, judicial and legislative offices — and the Municipal League of King County’s candidate ratings — on the Muni League’s website, www.munileagueratings.org.
In the 5th Legislative District, state Senate candidate Mark Mullet and state House of Representatives candidate Chad Magendanz impressed Muni League evaluators.
Mullet, a Democrat and Issaquah City Council member, earned a very good rating from the group. The league ranked Mullet’s GOP opponent, Snoqualmie businessman Brad Toft, as good.
Mullet and Toft seek the Senate seat last held by longtime Sen. Cheryl Pflug. In May, Gov. Chris Gregoire appointed the Maple Valley Republican to the Washington Growth Management Hearings Board.
Magendanz, a Republican and Issaquah School Board member, received a coveted outstanding rating from the Muni League in the race for a state House of Representatives seat.
Challenger David Spring, a North Bend Democrat and candidate for the seat in 2008 and 2010, received a rating of adequate. The other candidate in the race, Issaquah independent Ryan Burkett, earned a rating of not qualified.
The incumbent, Fall City Republican Glenn Anderson, is departing from the state House to run for lieutenant governor.
In the neighboring 41st Legislative District, Issaquah resident Tim Eaves, a Republican newcomer, earned a higher rating than incumbent state Rep. Marcie Maxwell. The league rated Eaves as very good, compared to good for Maxwell, a Renton Democrat.
Republican Steve Litzow, a Mercer Island resident and the incumbent senator in the district, received a very good rating. The league rated the challenger, Mercer Island Democrat Maureen Judge, as good.
Post-Census 2010 redistricting divided Issaquah between the 5th and 41st districts.
In the race for King County sheriff, league evaluators ranked appointed incumbent Steve Strachan as outstanding and challenger John Urquhart, a former sheriff’s office spokesman, as good.
The nonpartisan office is up for election a year early due to the resignation of former Sheriff Sue Rahr to accept a post at the state police training academy.