October 28, 2014
The Nov. 4 general election has several incumbent legislators, both national and local, up for re-election.
The ballot also features initiatives seeking voter input on the future of K-12 classroom size and the enforcement of background checks for gun purchasers.
Here’s a quick look at the candidates and initiatives. Learn more by reading the complete voters’ guide online.
September 23, 2014
The Common Core State Standards, designed to create a consistent set of learning standards for K-12 students, are among the most contentious topics in public education these days.
Politicians, school administrators and public policy experts discussed various aspects of Common Core during a town hall-style meeting Sept. 15 at Pacific Cascade Middle School. About two dozen audience members participated and provided feedback to a seven-person speaking panel.
September 12, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 12, 2014
Parents, teachers, activists and anyone interested in discussing or learning more about the growing controversy surrounding Common Core are invited to a public forum about the standards.
The forum is at 6 p.m. Sept. 15 at Pacific Cascade Middle School, 24635 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road.
Hear from legislators, educators, activists and policy experts on both sides of the issue of Common Core Standards. Questions from the media and the audience will be answered.
September 2, 2014
King County certified the primary election results Aug. 19, setting the stage for the November general election.
Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert maintained his lead in the 8th Congressional District race, ending up with 36,305 votes or 58.96 percent. The Democratic challengers trailed with Jason Ritchie earning 19,665 or 31.94 percent and Keith Arnold receiving 5,489 or 8.91 percent.
August 12, 2014
Incumbents led the pack as King County announced the latest tally of primary ballots Aug. 8.
Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert shot out to an early lead in the 8th Congressional District race, gaining 35,979 votes or 58.97 percent. The Democratic challengers trailed with Jason Ritchie earning 19,479 or 31.93 percent and Keith Arnold receiving 5,440 or 8.92 percent.
May 20, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. May 20, 2014
Local voters will have to choose candidates in two primaries in August.
King County candidate filing week ended May 16 with contested spots for local legislative district races.
In the state Legislature, Rep. Chad Magendanz (R-5th) seeks re-election after his first term against one of the two Democrats who filed to run against him.
March 11, 2014
Issaquah resident Essie Hicks plans to take on incumbent 5th District Rep. Jay Rodne in this year’s Nov. 4 election.
Hicks, a Democrat, announced her candidacy Feb. 18. Rodne, a Republican, has held the seat since 2004.
“I believe my experience as a business owner, my long history in service to my community, and as the mother of five boys, I am ready to represent all residents of the 5th District,” Hicks said. “In Olympia, I will work every day to provide all our kids with a quality and fully funded education, deliver real transportation solutions that work for our region, and protect and preserve the natural resources that make our state so unique.”