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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5th Legislative District candidates answer questions

October 12, 2010

Voters in the 5th Legislative District will decide a pair of state House of Representatives races next month.

Republican incumbent Jay Rodne faces Democrat Gregory Hoover for the Position 1 seat. Incumbent Republican Glenn Anderson is running against Democrat David Spring in a rematch of the 2008 race for the Position 2 seat.

Here, the candidates discuss a variety of local and state issues in 25 words or fewer.

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Candidates to discuss education, economy at Issaquah forums

October 11, 2010

NEW — 6 p.m. Oct. 11, 2010

Issaquah residents can hear legislative candidates discuss education and the economy at forums Tuesday and Wednesday.

The candidates in the contests to represent Issaquah in the state House of Representatives plan to attend a schools-focused forum hosted by the Issaquah Valley Elementary Parent Teacher Association at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Though the forum is open to the public, state PTA bylaws prohibit the display of candidate signs, buttons or materials during the discussion.

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Battleground for Legislature runs through Issaquah

October 5, 2010

The battleground for control of the Legislature is on the shores of Lake Sammamish.

Republicans, re-energized after a decade of defeats and defections on the Eastside, hope to shift a handful of lakeside districts back into the GOP column. Incumbent Democrats promise difficult fights to hold the suburban territory in and near Issaquah.

Democrats hold sizeable majorities in Olympia. The party outnumbers Republicans 61-37 in the House of Representatives and 31-18 in the Senate. Gov. Chris Gregoire is also a Democrat.

The effort to change the political calculus is focused on House and Senate races in the 41st, 45th and 48th legislative districts — the upper-middle class communities arranged around Lake Sammamish.

“I think it’s probably a pretty safe bet that the Republicans will pick up some seats, but I don’t know how many,” Washington State University political science professor David Nice said. “My guess is that, no matter who ends up in majority status in either house of the Legislature that the majority is not going to be a very big one.”

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Candidates to face off in Eastside forums

October 5, 2010

Hear the candidates in legislative and congressional races discuss the economy, education and other issues at forums in Issaquah and Newcastle.

The candidates in the contests to represent Issaquah in the state House of Representatives plan to attend a forum hosted by the Issaquah Valley Elementary Parent Teacher Association. The discussion is focused on 5th Legislative District education. The district includes most of Issaquah and Sammamish, plus North Bend and Snoqualmie.

The education forum is Oct. 12 at Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

The incumbent Republicans, Glenn Anderson and Jay Rodne, and Democrats David Spring and Gregory Hoover plan to attend.

Though the forum is open to the public, state PTA bylaws prohibit the display of candidate signs, buttons or materials during the discussion.

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Register to vote in November election by Monday

September 30, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 30, 2010

In order to vote in the November election, Washington residents must register to vote by Monday.

To register, a person must be a U.S. citizen, a Washington resident, at least 18 by Election Day and not under the authority of the state Department of Corrections.

Voters do not have to register by political party or declare political party membership in order to vote in primary or general elections.

Find a full list of requirements and registration forms at King County Elections.

Issaquah voters will decide legislative, judicial and congressional races in the Nov. 2 election, plus a measure to raise the county sales tax rate.

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Turnout in August election failed to meet expectations

September 7, 2010

Turnout in the August election reached the highest level for a primary in six years, but participation did not meet pre-election estimates.

The all-mail election attracted 39 percent of King County voters. King County Elections had forecast 45 percent turnout before the election. The office tallied 421,157 ballots.

The county Canvassing Board met Sept. 1 to certify the results of the Aug. 17 contest. Read more

Turnout in August election failed to meet expectations

September 2, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 2, 2010

Turnout in the August election reached the highest level for a primary in six years, but participation did not meet pre-election estimates.

The all-mail election attracted 39 percent of King County voters. King County Elections had forecast 45 percent turnout before the election. The office tallied 421,157 ballots.

The county Canvassing Board met Wednesday to certify the results of the Aug. 17 contest.

“We saw a respectable rate of participation considering this was not a presidential election year,” county Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a news release. “We were able to process ballots very efficiently and got some great support from many voters who returned their ballots early.”

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