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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Dino Rossi trails in U.S. Senate race as count continues

November 3, 2010

Dino Rossi, U.S. Senate candidate, kisses wife Terry as children (from left) Jake, Joseph, Juliauna and Jillian look on during a GOP celebration in Bellevue Tuesday. By Greg Farrar

State Senate races remain too close to call

UPDATED — 5:55 p.m. Nov. 3, 2010

Republican Dino Rossi, a Sammamish resident and former Issaquah state senator, trailed incumbent U.S. Sen. Patty Murray by about 24,800 votes Wednesday afternoon, though the number could shift in the days ahead as mail ballots reach elections offices statewide.

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Statehouse incumbents appear to be headed for re-election

November 2, 2010

UPDATED — 9:20 p.m. Nov. 2, 2010

Incumbents in the race to represent Issaquah in Olympia — Republicans Glenn Anderson and Jay Rodne, and Democrat Judy Clibborn — pulled far ahead of opponents in initial election results released Tuesday night.

The representatives trounced little known or under-funded candidates to cruise to re-election.

Meanwhile, Democrat Marcie Maxwell appeared to be locked into a close contest against Republican Peter Dunbar to retain the state House of Representatives seat she clinched in 2008. The same scenario appeared to be the case for Democrat Randy Gordon and Republican Steve Litzow in a state Senate bout.

The measure to increase the King County sales tax rate to pay for criminal justice services trailed in early returns and a state liquor-privatization measure backed by Issaquah-based Costco lagged.

Republican Dino Rossi, a Sammamish resident and former Issaquah state senator, remained locked in a tight race against incumbent U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, Democrat in a close fight for a fourth term.

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Watch forum recap to hear House hopefuls discuss schools

October 21, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 21, 2010

Issaquah residents can hear legislative candidates discuss education in a recap of a schools-focused election forum.

State House of Representatives hopefuls attended a forum hosted by the Issaquah Valley Elementary Parent Teacher Association at the school Oct. 12.

The municipal access channel, Channel 21, taped the discussion and posted a recap online. Watch the forum here.

The incumbent 5th Legislative District Republicans, Glenn Anderson and Jay Rodne, and Democrats David Spring and Gregory Hoover attended.

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Democrats decline to endorse House hopeful

October 19, 2010

Local Democrats decided against endorsing state House candidate David Spring in the race against Republican incumbent Glenn Anderson, after Spring beat the Democrats’ chosen candidate in the primary.

The chosen candidate, Dean Willard, received 17 percent of the vote in the Aug. 17 primary election. Spring pulled in 25 percent; Anderson took 58 percent.

Willard campaigned as a moderate. Spring pushed a more progressive message focused on education.

Under state election rules, candidates can declare a preference for a party — even if the party prefers someone else.

Only 35 of 73 members of the 5th Legislative Democrats voted to endorse Spring at a Sept. 23 meeting. Endorsements from the organization require two-thirds support.

“I’ve been very critical of Democrats and Republicans for failing to fund schools,” Spring said.

The decision has not stopped the candidate.

“We’re simply going to move forward and do the best we can in the general election,” he said.

Spring and Anderson last faced off in the 2008 election. Though the House Democratic Campaign Committee attempted to work with Spring during the ’08 race, “we didn’t communicate very well,” committee Executive Director Tony Yuchasz said.

Press Editorial

October 19, 2010

Our recommendations for state representatives

5th District

The 5th Legislative District includes most of Issaquah, except for Cougar Mountain (It’s in the 41st District) and the South Cove neighborhoods (They’re in the 48th).

Representative, Position 1 — Jay Rodne. We can find no reason to oust Rodne at this time. His challenger, Gregory Hoover, is no match for Rodne’s knowledge regarding the issues. Rodne’s record of voting pro-business and working for education reform stands out. When not in Olympia, Rodne is entrenched in his community as a leader and a volunteer.

Representative, Position 2 — Glenn Anderson. There is no hidden agenda with Anderson — he calls it like it is, even if it’s not what you want to hear. But there is no doubt that he is knowledgeable and passionate about this commitment to represent the 5th District. He is a tireless worker for education funding solutions. Challenger David Spring’s drive is also about education, but he fails to bring solutions to the table.

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