State House hopefuls headed for ’08 rematch in 5th District

August 24, 2010

The race to represent Issaquah and the 5th Legislative District is a 2008 rematch.

State Rep. Glenn Anderson and Democrat David Spring faced off in the last election. Spring fell short to the Republican incumbent by about 2,200 votes. They meet again in the November election.

Sammamish Democrat Dean Willard — the candidate endorsed by the local and state party — failed to advance beyond the Aug. 17 primary, despite raising more money than Anderson and Spring combined.

Fall City resident Anderson received 58 percent of the vote, compared to 25 percent for North Bend resident Spring. Willard received 17 percent.

The district includes Issaquah, North Bend, Snoqualmie and other Eastside communities.

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State House hopefuls headed for ’08 rematch

August 18, 2010

NEW — 4:35 p.m. Aug. 18, 2010

State Rep. Glenn Anderson maintained a solid lead against Democrats David Spring and Dean Willard in election results released Wednesday afternoon.

Anderson received 58 percent of the vote, compared to 25 percent for Spring. Willard — the candidate endorsed by local and state Democrats — trailed at 16 percent.

The results set up a rematch between Fall City resident Anderson and North Bend resident Spring. The candidates faced off in 2008 for the opportunity to represent Issaquah and other Eastside communities. Spring fell short by about 2,200 votes.

In the neighboring legislative district, state Rep. Judy Clibborn held a double-digit lead over Bellevue Republican Stephen Strader, a first-time candidate. Clibborn, a four-term Democrat and Mercer Island resident, led in the contest, 53 percent to 39 percent.

Clibborn represents Talus, other Cougar Mountain communities and unincorporated King County in the Issaquah area.

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Established candidates lead in initial election results

August 17, 2010

UPDATED — 8:50 p.m. Aug. 17, 2010

Incumbent candidates outpaced challengers in the initial election results released Tuesday night.

The primary set up a showdown for a 5th Legislative District seat in the state House of Representatives, a competitive congressional race and a chance to elect a judge to the King County District Court bench.

State Rep. Glenn Anderson, a Republican, outpolled Democrats Dean Willard and David Spring. Anderson polled 58 percent, Spring polled 25 percent and Willard polled 16 percent.

Unless Willard pulls ahead as ballots trickle in during the days ahead, the race will be a rematch of the 2008 contest between Anderson and Spring.

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Newcomer, old foe challenge Rep. Glenn Anderson

July 27, 2010

Issaquah and other 5th Legislative District voters must narrow the field of state House of Representatives candidates from three to two in the Aug. 17 primary election. The top vote-getters advance to the November general election.

The race comes as a rematch of sorts for the incumbent, Glenn Anderson, and his 2008 opponent, David Spring. But newcomer Dean Willard hopes to clinch the GOP-held seat for the Democrats.

Glenn Anderson

Glenn Anderson

To understand just how much Democrats yearn to topple Anderson, rewind to the campaign kickoff for Willard.

In a clip immortalized on YouTube, state Rep. Geoff Simpson said “there is no one in the Legislature who is more despised by Democrats” than Anderson.

But Anderson, a Fall City Republican first elected to a 5th District seat a decade ago, shrugged off the partisan jab.

“I wish I had that kind of power,” he cracked.

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Incumbents earn high marks in Municipal League ratings

July 27, 2010

Issaquah residents face some good choices — and a few not-so-good options — in the primary election next month. Or so the Municipal League of King County has decided.

For the most part, Issaquah-area lawmakers fared better than the challengers campaigning against them in August and November. The league released the ratings July 19.

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, talk to references, review candidate questionnaires and interview the electoral hopefuls. The league rates candidates on four criteria: involvement, character, effectiveness and knowledge. Candidates then receive a grade ranging from the coveted outstanding to the less-desirable not qualified.

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Press Editorial

July 27, 2010

Anderson, Willard should move forward

Voters in the 5th Legislative District — primarily those in Issaquah, Sammamish and Maple Valley areas — face two solid choices in the upcoming contest for a state representative. Mail-back ballots for the Aug. 17 primary election will reach voters this week.

In Glenn Anderson, voters have a seasoned representative who has learned to navigate the Capitol corridors as a member of the oft-marginalized Republican Party. Democrat Dean Willard presents a chance for a fresh perspective.

Willard presents the most credible challenge Anderson has faced in years. With his background in the Eastside technology industry, he has a good grasp of the concerns facing owners of local businesses, small and large alike.

Like his GOP opponent, Willard has also highlighted the importance of education in the campaign, certainly a critical topic in the 5th District. Willard pledges to strengthen the school system to make local students more competitive in a tough global workforce. Anderson has long been an advocate for education funding reform.

In campaign material, both Anderson and Willard say the race hinges on the economy. We look forward to a spirited debate in the months ahead about the role the Legislature should play in jumpstarting the stalled economy.

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King County Elections mails ballots to voters

July 27, 2010

NEW — 3:35 p.m. July 27, 2010

King County Elections has mailed 1.1 ballots to registered voters for the Aug. 17 primary election.

“Voting begins the day you get your ballot in the mail” Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a news release. “Ballots must be returned no later than Election Day on Aug. 17, and our office is here to help, so be an informed voter and visit us online, call or stop by to get your questions answered.”

Ballots can be returned by mail through the U.S. Postal Service. Ballots require a first-class stamp and must be postmarked by Aug. 17. Track ballots online at the office’s website.

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Incumbents earn high marks in Municipal League election rankings

July 20, 2010

NEW — 11 a.m. July 20, 2010

Issaquah residents face some good choices — and a few not-so-good options — in the primary election next month. Or so the Municipal League of King County has decided.

For the most part, Issaquah-area lawmakers fared better than the challengers campaigning against them in August and November.

The league ranks candidates through a rigorous process during each election cycle. The annual rankings provide a tool for voters — plus fodder for candidates’ campaign mailers and websites.

Evaluators scrutinize candidate records, talk to references, review candidate questionnaires and interview the electoral hopefuls. The league rates candidates on four criteria: involvement, character, effectiveness and knowledge. Candidates then receive a grade ranging from the coveted outstanding to the less-desirable not qualified.

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Register to vote by July 19 to participate in August primary

July 12, 2010

UPDATED — 2 p.m. July 15, 2010

In order to cast a ballot in the Aug. 17 primary election, King County residents must register to vote by July 19.

Registered voters with outdated addresses must also update their information by the deadline.

In order to register as a Washington voter, 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 the King County Elections website.

“Registering to vote is easy,” county Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a news release. “We have detailed information on the Elections website and our staff is here to help you in person or over the phone. If you are eligible to vote and haven’t yet registered, there’s still time to make sure you can participate in the next election.”

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Representative receives pro-business honor

June 22, 2010

State Rep. Glenn Anderson has been named a Guardian of Small Business by a national advocacy group.

National Federation of Independent Business leaders said Anderson — a Fall City Republican whose district includes Issaquah — had a 100 percent “pro-small-business” voting record in the 2009-10 legislative sessions. Anderson has received the award five times since he joined the state House of Representatives a decade ago.

“The health of our small business community is the key indicator of a vibrant and growing economy,” Anderson said in a news release. “They are the engines that provide good, family-wage jobs that create personal wealth and ownership in the areas where they are located.”

Anderson will face Sammamish Democrat Dean Willard as he campaigns for a sixth term. The race also includes David Spring, the 2008 Democratic nominee for the seat, although local Democrats endorsed Willard for the post.

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