Meet congressional, legislative candidates at forum

October 9, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

Hear from the candidates for offices in Olympia and Washington, D.C., at a candidate forum cosponsored by The Issaquah Press, the American Association of University Women and the League of Women Voters.

The lineup for the Oct. 18 forum includes candidates for the state House of Representatives and state Senate, plus a candidate to represent Issaquah in Congress. The forum includes candidates in contested and uncontested races.

The event is not a debate. Candidates offer opening statements to the audience and then answer a series of questions from the moderator, Publisher Debbie Berto.

The forum is meant to offer voters a chance to learn about local candidates as the clock ticks down to Election Day. King County Elections is due to mail ballots to voters by Oct. 19.

Voters can join the event in the Council Chambers at Issaquah City Hall South. Or, Issaquah residents can also watch the candidate forum live on the local government access channel, ICTV Channel 21.

The candidates at the forum include the hopefuls for state Senate seats in the 5th Legislative District and the neighboring 41st Legislative District.

Get involved

Issaquah Candidate Forum

  • 7 p.m. Oct. 18
  • Council Chambers, City Hall South
  • 135 E. Sunset Way
  • Issaquah residents can watch the candidate forum live on ICTV Channel 21.

Candidates for all Issaquah legislative seats agreed to attend the forum.

Issaquah Democrat Karen Porterfield, a candidate for the 8th Congressional District seat plans to attend. The incumbent, Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, does not.

Post-Census 2010 redistricting divided Issaquah between the districts. Most neighborhoods fall inside the 5th District, a more rural area stretched from Issaquah to Snoqualmie Pass. North Issaquah is in the 41st District, a suburban swath from Mercer Island to Sammamish.

Former state Sen. Cheryl Pflug scrambled the 5th District Senate in June by withdrawing as a candidate and resigning from the Legislature.

The departure left Democrat Mark Mullet, a single-term Issaquah councilman, and Republican Brad Toft, a Snoqualmie businessman, in the race.

Mercer Island Democrat Maureen Judge challenged the incumbent Republican — and fellow Mercer Island resident — Steve Litzow for the 41st District Senate seat.

In 2010, Litzow squeaked into office after securing a 192-vote victory against the incumbent, appointed Democrat Randy Gordon.

In the contest to represent Issaquah in the state House, the open 5th District race includes Issaquah School Board member Chad Magendanz, a Republican, and Democrat David Spring, a North Bend resident.

The seat opened after longtime Rep. Glenn Anderson announced plans not to run for re-election and instead seek the lieutenant governor post. Voters eliminated the Fall City Republican from the race in the August primary.

Spring unsuccessfully ran against Anderson for the House seat in 2008 and 2010.

The other contested state House race to represent Issaquah — a 41st District seat — pits incumbent Democrat Marcie Maxwell against Issaquah resident and political newcomer Tim Eaves, a Republican.

Uncontested House candidates Jay Rodne and Judy Clibborn do not face challengers for re-election, but agreed to attend the forum and answer questions.

North Bend Republican Rodne represents the 5th District; Mercer Island Democrat Clibborn represents the 41st District.

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