Meet candidates in contested congressional, legislative races

July 17, 2012

The only local races contested in the Aug. 7 primary election include a U.S. House of Representatives election and a state House of Representatives election.

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Ballots for August primary to reach voters soon

July 10, 2012

Ballots should start to arrive in King County voters’ mailboxes in the days ahead.

The summer primary — bumped up to Aug. 7 to accommodate military and overseas voters — allows local voters a chance to decide a property tax measure and cull the field in federal, judicial, legislative and statewide contests.

The electorate selects the top two candidates, regardless of party affiliation, in the all-mail primary election. The top vote recipients then advance to an all-mail general election Nov. 6.

In the 5th Legislative District, voters must narrow the field of Republican Chad Magendanz, Democrat David Spring and independent candidate Ryan Burkett in the race for a state House of Representatives seat.

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Candidates receive boost from Municipal League of King County

July 10, 2012

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.

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Issaquah candidates receive boost in Municipal League rankings

July 2, 2012

NEW — 1 p.m. July 2, 2012

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.

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.

Magendanz, a Republican and Issaquah School Board member, received a coveted outstanding rating from the Muni League.

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Campaign season starts as candidates file for election

May 22, 2012

The ballot voters receive in the mailbox by late July is all but certain to contain some familiar names, as elected officials campaign for higher offices and other candidates try another run for elected office.

The period for candidates to enter races up for election on the August and November ballots ended May 18 in a buzz of activity.

Local voters face choices in countywide, legislative, statewide and federal offices.

Voters pick the top two candidates, regardless of party affiliation, Aug. 7 in the all-mail primary election. The top vote recipients then advance to an all-mail general election Nov. 6.

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Issaquah representative to retire, run for lieutenant governor

January 3, 2012

Rep. Glenn Anderson

Issaquah’s most senior representative in Olympia — state Rep. Glenn Anderson — does not intend to seek re-election in 2012 and plans to run for lieutenant governor after serving the 5th Legislative District for a dozen years.

The longtime lawmaker enters a crowded field for the No. 2 spot in the executive branch. Other candidates include incumbent Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, former State Sen. Bill Finkbeiner and Mark Greene, a Newcastle resident.

The office carries few significant responsibilities. The official duties include standing in for the governor if he or she is incapacitated, presiding over the state Senate, and serving on a handful of committees and commissions, such as the State Finance Committee.

The situation in Washington is “a mess, and it’s not getting any better. So, I’m going to give it a go,” Anderson said Dec. 28. “Doing what we’re doing now is a sure death train.”

Local voters elected the Fall City Republican in 2000 and subsequently in even-numbered years since.

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Rep. Glenn Anderson announces retirement from state House

December 28, 2011

NEW — 9:55 a.m. Dec. 28, 2011

Issaquah’s most senior representative in Olympia — state Rep. Glenn Anderson — said Wednesday he does not intend to seek re-election next year and plans to retire after serving the 5th Legislative District for a dozen years.

Glenn Anderson

Local voters elected the Fall City Republican in 2000 and subsequently in even-numbered years since. Anderson cruised to re-election last year against David Spring, the same candidate Anderson faced in a tight race in 2008. Anderson intends to serve through the remainder until the term expires next year.

“It’s been an extraordinary gift and a privilege to be allowed to serve the citizens of our community,” he said in a statement. “I’ve been extremely lucky that so many constituents, regardless of party affiliation, felt as though it was important to be engaged and have helped in many ways with all the issues I’ve been called on to deal with over the years.”

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State Rep. Glenn Anderson outlines priorities

January 11, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 11, 2011

State Rep. Glenn Anderson outlined priorities for the legislative session Monday, as the Fall City Republican started a sixth term representing Issaquah in Olympia.

Anderson, alongside dozens of other freshmen and veteran lawmakers, took oaths of office as the 105-day session kicked off at the Capitol.

The state faces a $4.6 billion budget gap. Gov. Chris Gregoire and state leaders said residents should brace for deep cuts to education and state services.

Anderson focused on job creation and education as the legislative session started.

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Issaquah residents defied trends in November election

December 14, 2010

The ballot measure to create a state income tax failed just about everywhere outside of left-leaning Seattle and Vashon Island — except for a precinct nestled along Lake Sammamish.

Initiative 1098 received ironclad support — 80 percent — in the precinct. The catch: King County records indicate the precinct has 11 registered voters; 10 participated in the Nov. 2 election.

The information about the Lake Sammamish precinct comes from a detailed analysis of the precinct results in the recent election. (Issaquah is carved into 30 precincts.)

The neighborhood-level data — released a month after the election — illustrates how the Issaquah electorate bucked state trends on some issues and rejected incumbents even as the candidates cruised to re-election.

The dueling liquor initiatives on the ballot, 1100 and 1105, received uneven support from Issaquah voters.

Initiative 1100, a liquor privatization measure backed by Issaquah-based Costco — the largest employer in the city — received broad backing in the city even as the measure came up short statewide.

Initiative 1105 failed in every Issaquah precinct and only managed to garner 35 percent of the vote statewide.

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Republican tide ebbs in Issaquah-area races

November 9, 2010

Both parties highlight successes in local contests

The national GOP tsunami carried Republicans into statehouses across the nation on Election Day, but in Washington, the wave amounted to little more than a gentle crest.

Republicans did not dislodge Democrats from majorities in the state Senate or state House of Representatives, but candidates faced a testier electorate, and Democrats face shrunken majorities in both chambers.

Despite strong candidates and a favorable political environment, Republicans did not reclaim a majority in Issaquah-area statehouse seats.

Democrats and Republicans trumpeted successes in the days after Election Day, as elections offices tallied the remaining ballots for statehouse contests.

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