May 20, 2014
Rep. Chad Magendanz (R-5th Issaquah) wants to continue putting education front and center.
After a busy freshman term in the state House, Magendanz said he has learned a lot and had a great time doing so. He kicked off his re-election campaign May 9 to seek another two years in the Legislature.
“I’m having a blast,” he said. “It’s very rewarding. It can be frustrating, but when you connect with people, it’s really rewarding.”
May 13, 2014
Issaquah’s Lobbyist Doug Levy tried to make legislator lemonade out of the lemons given in the most recent legislative session.
He presented a post-session update to the City Council during the April 7 meeting and found some positive things to say about a relatively uneventful session.
“My sum up of this session would be there were certainly not areas where we feel like there was any significant harm done,” Levy said. “It’s just that I would have liked to be able to report more progress to you. It was a little bit more of a running-in-place kind of session.”
May 13, 2014
Rep. Chad Magendanz, R-Issaquah, hosts a telephone town hall for 5th Legislative District residents from 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 14.
The toll-free number to join the event is 800-276-6108. During the call, listeners can press the star (*) key to ask a question.
March 11, 2014
Issaquah resident Essie Hicks plans to take on incumbent 5th District Rep. Jay Rodne in this year’s Nov. 4 election.
Hicks, a Democrat, announced her candidacy Feb. 18. Rodne, a Republican, has held the seat since 2004.
“I believe my experience as a business owner, my long history in service to my community, and as the mother of five boys, I am ready to represent all residents of the 5th District,” Hicks said. “In Olympia, I will work every day to provide all our kids with a quality and fully funded education, deliver real transportation solutions that work for our region, and protect and preserve the natural resources that make our state so unique.”
March 4, 2014
As the regular legislative session draws closer to an end, 5th District policy makers gave an update to residents Feb. 22.
Democratic Sen. Mark Mullet and Republican Reps. Chad Magendanz and Jay Rodne welcomed the public to a Town Hall at the Issaquah Highlands Fire Station 73. There, they answered questions about bills hearing discussion in this session, bills that may come in the future and the general state of the Legislature.
Moderator William Shaw gathered questions from the audience and led the discussion, beginning with a possible transportation package.
February 18, 2014
Reps. Jay Rodne and Chad Magendanz and Sen. Mark Mullet invite 5th District residents to attend town hall meetings in Issaquah, Maple Valley and Snoqualmie on Feb. 22.
Citizens who attend will receive an update on the 2014 legislative session. The legislators are encouraging citizens to bring their questions, comments or concerns about legislation, state government and issues affecting the 5th District.
January 18, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 18, 2014
With the state Legislature in session as of Jan. 13, State Rep. Chad Magendanz invites his 5th District constituents to take an online survey to help him know what they think about some of the issues in 2014.
Take the brief survey here.
Magendanz also welcomes comments directly to his office.
January 14, 2014
Transportation will continue to top Issaquah’s wish list for this year’s legislative session.
At a casual breakfast meeting Jan. 6, city leaders met with local representatives and Issaquah’s lobbyist Doug Levy to discuss the regular session, which began Jan. 13. Fifth District Republican Reps. Jay Rodne and Chad Magendanz joined Democratic Sen. Mark Mullet in talking about the city’s interests in possible legislation.
“As you travel around the region, I imagine that every jurisdiction names transportation as the No. 1 concern, and Issaquah is no different,” new Mayor Fred Butler said. “Last year was a tough legislative session around a transportation package, because there wasn’t one.”
September 24, 2013
As part of their listening tour of the 5th Legislative District, State Reps. Jay Rodne and Chad Magendanz will host an informational transportation meeting in Issaquah Sept. 26.
The meeting — from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Issaquah Police Department, Eagle Room, 130 E. Sunset Way — will include local transportation leaders as well as a representatives from the state Department of Transportation.
July 16, 2013
In the 2013 legislative session for Washington, state Rep. Jay Rodne was No. 7 on the list of most missed votes of state lawmakers.
WashingtonVotes.org tabulates and reports the information annually. The nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has been doing so every year since 2002.
Six local legislators missed fewer than three sessions.