Legislators Judy Clibborn, Jay Rodne run unopposed for re-election
October 9, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
In November, local voters face a choice in most legislative contests, but a duo of lawmakers from neighboring districts is certain to return to Olympia.
State Rep. Jay Rodne is guaranteed to represent the 5th Legislative District in the House of Representatives for another term, after nobody stepped forward to challenge the North Bend Republican. In the neighboring 41st Legislative District, state Rep. Judy Clibborn did not attract a challenger.
In 2010, Clibborn and Rodne cruised to re-election against little-known opponents.
Clibborn trounced a Bellevue Republican, political newcomer Stephen Strader, 60 percent to 40 percent. Rodne defeated Sammamish Democrat Greg Hoover, another political newcomer, 60 percent to 40 percent.
In Olympia, both lawmakers serve in influential committee posts.
Clibborn, a Democrat and former Mercer Island mayor, runs the powerful House Transportation Committee and is regarded as a leader on transportation issues. Rodne is the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, the panel responsible for legislation related to criminal justice and other legal issues.
Rodne expressed interest in the 5th District Senate seat, but the surprise withdrawal of former state Sen. Cheryl Pflug from the race left political newcomer Brad Toft as the Republican candidate on the ballot.