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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New county parks chief emphasizes outreach

August 31, 2010

Christie True

The county Department of Natural Resources and Parks director handles a bulging portfolio: park and trail maintenance, habitat restoration, water quality monitoring, flood prevention, and the unglamorous tasks associated with treating wastewater and handling garbage.

Christie True said she looks forward to the challenge. King County Executive Dow Constantine appointed the veteran wastewater employee to the top job in July. True settled into the role July 12.

“Christie is well known for her work ethic, her leadership skills and her record of getting big jobs done,” Constantine said in a statement. Read more

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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Senator hosts town halls May 8

May 4, 2010

State Sen. Randy Gordon will host three town halls May 8 to meet with 41st Legislative District constituents. The district includes Talus and southwest Issaquah.

The opening town hall will be from 10-11:15 a.m. at Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St., Mercer Island. The next forum will be from noon – 1:15 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Bellevue City Hall, 450 110 Ave. N.E. Gordon will conclude the series at Hazelwood Elementary School, 7100 116th Ave. S.E., Newcastle, where the town hall runs from 2-3:15 p.m.

“I am proud to say that in just over 80 days, we were able to responsibly address the worst economic downturn in just over 80 years,” Gordon said in a news release. “Now, it’s time to get back and report to my employers — the people of the 41st. Nothing is scripted.”

King County Council members appointed Gordon, a Bellevue Democrat, to the seat in January, after former state Sen. Fred Jarrett stepped down to become deputy King County executive. Gordon intends to run for a full term in November.

New state senator reaches out to Issaquah constituents

February 2, 2010

Randy Gordon (left) takes office as state senator as state Supreme Court Justice Gerry Alexander administers the oath at the Temple of Justice in Olympia. Contributed

A new lawmaker represents southwest Issaquah and Talus residents in Olympia: Democrat Randy Gordon, whom the King County Council chose to succeed former state Sen. Fred Jarrett.

Gordon, a Bellevue attorney and Seattle University law professor, will serve until November, when 41st District voters will choose a senator to fill the seat until 2012, when the term ends. Besides Issaquah, the district includes Bellevue, Mercer Island and Newcastle. Jarrett left the post after County Executive Dow Constantine appointed him to the No. 2 spot in King County government. Gordon intends to seek the seat in the November election. Read more

Council picks Bellevue attorney to succeed Fred Jarrett in state Senate

January 26, 2010

Randy Gordon

The next lawmaker to represent southwest Issaquah in the state Senate will be Democrat Randy Gordon, a Bellevue attorney.

Gordon succeeded Fred Jarrett, a Democrat who stepped down last month after County Executive Dow Constantine named the then-lawmaker to the No. 2 spot in King County government. King County Council members appointed Gordon to the open seat Jan. 11, the opening day of the 60-day legislative session. Read more

Council picks Bellevue attorney to succeed Fred Jarrett in state Senate

January 11, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. Jan. 11, 2010

The next lawmaker to represent southwest Issaquah in the state Senate will be Democrat Randy Gordon, a Bellevue attorney.

Gordon succeeds Fred Jarrett, a Democrat who stepped down last month after County Executive Dow Constantine named the then-lawmaker to the No. 2 spot in King County government. King County Council members appointed Gordon to the open seat Monday, the opening day of the 60-day legislative session.

Members approved the appointment in a unanimous vote.

County Council members picked a successor from a list of candidates submitted by local Democratic Party leaders. The new senator won the support of most of the 41st District precinct-committee officers during a Jan. 5 meeting.

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Election breakdown shows key to lopsided City Council victories

December 8, 2009

City Council candidates clinched victory last month by vacuuming up votes in opponents’ strongholds, King County Elections data shows. Read more

City, schools elections attracted only 50 percent of voters

December 1, 2009

With few contested races on the ballot, about half of Issaquah city and school district voters cast ballots in the Nov. 3 election, final King County Elections results released last week show. Read more

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