First primary numbers find incumbents out front

August 12, 2014

Incumbents led the pack as King County announced the latest tally of primary ballots Aug. 8.

Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert shot out to an early lead in the 8th Congressional District race, gaining 35,979 votes or 58.97 percent. The Democratic challengers trailed with Jason Ritchie earning 19,479 or 31.93 percent and Keith Arnold receiving 5,440 or 8.92 percent.

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First primary numbers find incumbents out front

August 5, 2014

NEW — 9:09 p.m., Aug. 5, 2014

Incumbents lead the pack as King County announced the first tally of primary ballots Aug. 5.

Republican Rep. Dave Reichert shot out to an early lead in the 8th Congressional District race, gaining 29,727 votes or 59.45 percent. The Democratic challengers trailed with Jason Ritchie earning 15,710 or 31.42 percent and Keith Arnold receiving 4,469 or 8.94 percent.

In the 5th Legislative District representative race, Republican incumbent Chad Magendanz so far has collected the most votes in the race with 10,248 or 56.74 percent. Evergreen challenger Democrat David Spring landed in second place with 5,812 or 32.18 percent, while Democrat Colin J. Alexander and Ryan Dean Burkett fell behind with 1,222 votes (6.77 percent) and 758 votes (4.20 percent), respectively.

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Four candidates face off in 5th District primary

July 8, 2014

Voters will have four choices for state representative in the 5th Legislative District primary Aug. 5.

The two candidates who receive the most votes will run in the Nov. 4 general election.

Incumbent Republican Chad Magendanz will run again. He touts his expertise on educational issues and his willingness to reach across the aisle as reasons for residents to re-elect him.

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State Reps. Jay Rodne and Chad Magendanz host town hall Sept. 26

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.

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Legislators improve attendance in legislative, special session votes

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.

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Issaquah legislators improve attendance, special session votes

July 9, 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.

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Chad Magendanz fills House leadership role

June 13, 2013

NEW — 11:50 a.m., June 13 2013 

State Rep. Chad Magendanz (R-5th District) was chosen by his colleagues to fill the role of assistant floor leader for the House Republican Caucus.

The assistant floor leader is a key member of the leadership team that helps coordinate the debate on the House floor.

Rep. Steve O’Ban previously served in the role. After the death of Sen. Mike Carrell last month, O’Ban was called to replace him in the Senate, leaving the position open. The House Republican caucus voted to appoint Magendanz the new assistant floor leader.

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Republicans vote both sides of abortion issue

March 12, 2013

Issaquah’s 5th District Republican representatives split on a recent vote of a controversial bill.

The Reproductive Parity Act passed the state House of Representatives March 1, mostly along party lines, with a vote of 53-43. Its language would require health insurance providers who cover live births to cover abortions. With those in favor wanting to protect the coverage of pro-choice options and those opposed attempting to protect a provider’s core values, 5th District representatives Chad Magendanz and Jay Rodne played interesting roles.

Magendanz, of Issaquah, was the only Republican in the majority of voters. He took a fiscal view of the bill that separated him from his party.

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Five apply for open Issaquah School Board seat

February 19, 2013

Five people have applied for the school board seat left vacant by Chad Magendanz, who resigned Jan. 9 to serve in the state Legislature.

The position represents Issaquah’s fourth district, which spans from the Issaquah Highlands through the downtown corridor and south to Tiger Mountain and Mirrormont. Anyone who lives in that area was welcome to apply for the seat, and had to have his or her application turned in to the Issaquah School District by Feb. 14. By the time the 4 p.m. deadline came by that day, five people — Lisa Callan, Margo Campbell, Alison Meryweather, Justin Park and Justin Rolfe — had their hat in the ring.

The current school board members will review the five applications and have scheduled candidate interviews for 6 p.m. March 6. If a second round of interviews is needed, those will be March 20. Whoever is appointed to the position will serve out Magendanz’s term through November.

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Editorial

February 5, 2013

Separating education is not a budget solution

Last week, the state House of Representatives split along party lines on a proposal to create a separate budget for K-12 education funding. If approved, the education budget would need to have been funded before the state could look at its other obligations.

It’s just not that simple.

House Republicans said their proposal to split the budget was meant to address the state Supreme Court’s 2012 decision that the Legislature wasn’t funding education properly. That might be more believable if they hadn’t been pushing the measure every year since 2006.

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