Candidates file for legislative races

June 15, 2010

The candidates to represent Issaquah in Olympia include some familiar faces and political newcomers.

June 11 marked the deadline to file as a candidate for federal, state, county, city, judicial offices. No city posts will be decided this year.

State Rep. Glenn Anderson announced his re-election campaign late June 10, a week after Democrat Dean Willard kicked off his bid for the seat. Anderson, a Fall City Republican, has held the 5th Legislative District post for a decade.

“In spite of the drastic downturn in the economy, the Legislature and governor ignored the effects on regular people outside of Olympia,” Anderson said in a campaign news release. “We need to get Washington back on track with a ‘live-within-our-means’ budget and no new taxes. We should not be following California down the road to bankruptcy.”

Willard, a Sammamish information technology consultant and a former T-Mobile executive, launched his campaign at Vino Bella in downtown Issaquah on June 3.

The race also includes 2008 Democratic candidate David Spring, although the local party has endorsed Willard.

Incumbent GOP Rep. Jay Rodne will face Sammamish Democrat Greg Hoover, a real estate agent and attorney, for the other 5th Legislative District seat.

King County Council members appointed Rodne, a North Bend attorney, to the seat in 2004 when then-5th District representative Cheryl Pflug became a state senator. Rodne has been elected and re-elected since.

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State Rep. Glenn Anderson announces re-election bid as deadline nears

June 10, 2010

UPDATED — 7:40 a.m. June 11, 2010

Candidates to represent Issaquah in Olympia readied campaign plans as the Friday deadline to file for election approached.

State Rep. Glenn Anderson announced his campaign late Thursday, a week after Democrat Dean Willard kicked off his bid for the seat. Anderson, a Fall City Republican, has held the 5th Legislative District post for a decade.

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Local Democrats endorse hopefuls in state House races

February 23, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 23, 2010

Local Democrats endorsed candidates Greg Hoover and Dean Willard in the race to represent Issaquah in Olympia.

Hoover, a Sammamish real estate agent and real estate attorney, seeks the seat held by Republican Jay Rodne, a North Bend attorney appointed to the state House in 2004 when then-5th District representative Cheryl Pflug became a state senator.

Willard, a Sammamish information technology consultant and a former vice president at Bellevue-based T-Mobile, will run against Republican Glenn Anderson, a Fall City resident first elected to the House in 2000.

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Another Democrat joins race against GOP incumbent

January 26, 2010

Another Democrat has entered the race to unseat incumbent Glenn Anderson in the November election. Read more

Challenger enters race against Rep. Anderson

December 22, 2009

Dean Willard

Dean Willard

The race to represent Issaquah in Olympia kicked off last week, months before voters receive ballots.

Dean Willard, a Sammamish resident, former T-Mobile executive and Democrat, entered the 2010 race for the state House seat held by Glenn Anderson.

Anderson, a Fall City Republican, was first elected to represent the 5th District in 2000, and re-elected subsequently.

Willard said the district has changed since Anderson was elected almost a decade ago. The first-time candidate said he would work to convince voters to send “a more moderate representative” to Olympia.

Willard cited population growth in the district, and said new residents helped shift the character from rural to suburban.

Voters “are looking for a pragmatic Democrat who is interested in solving problems,” he said.

Anderson said he looks forward to the contest. He noted the challenges lawmakers face due to the recession and fewer dollars for state programs.

“We live in a time where just because there is so much anxiety and economic stress, we are going to be living with the consequences of these elections for a long time into the future,” Anderson said. “I think it’s a good thing to have robust debates about where do we go and how do we do it. We all benefit from that. And if Mr. Willard has something to contribute, then all the better.”

Glenn Anderson

Glenn Anderson

Anderson filed paperwork in June with the state Public Disclosure Commission in order to raise money for a 2010 re-election bid. The incumbent had raised about $19,000 by late December, records show.

Anderson plans to step up campaign activities after the legislative session wraps in the spring.

“You’re supposed to be the voice of what people are trying to get accomplished, as opposed to tooting your own horn about what your self-important perception is,” Anderson said. “People don’t like that too much.”

Willard, a former vice president at Bellevue-based T-Mobile, works as an information technology and security consultant. The local state Democratic committeeman volunteered for Joe Mallahan, the T-Mobile executive who lost a bid last month to become Seattle mayor. He also volunteered for Democrats in past 5th District races.

Willard said as a Democrat he could be a more effective representative than Anderson. Democrats control both houses in the Legislature. Gov. Chris Gregoire is also a Democrat.

Anderson was re-elected last year. He garnered about 52 percent of the vote over challenger David Spring.

Anderson is the ranking member on the House Higher Education Committee. He also serves on the Capital Budget and Education Appropriations committees.

Besides Issaquah, Sammamish and Fall City, the 5th District includes Snoqualmie, North Bend, Maple Valley and parts of unincorporated King County.

Sammamish candidate launches bid for state House seat

December 14, 2009

NEW — 12:33 p.m. Dec. 14, 2009

Dean Willard, a Sammamish resident, former T-Mobile executive and Democrat, entered the 2010 race for the state House seat held by Glenn Anderson.

Anderson, a Fall City Republican, was first elected to represent the 5th District in 2000, and re-elected subsequently.

“I believe my 20 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience will help me start quickly solving our state’s ongoing budget crisis, ensuring stronger economic development and building a world-class public school system,” Willard said in a statement released by the campaign Monday morning.

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