Local legislators earn opposite results in statewide races

August 14, 2012

Kathleen Drew and Glenn Anderson, past and present state legislators, respectively, experienced opposite political fortunes as county officials counted ballots statewide.

Drew is poised to face Thurston County Auditor Kim Wyman in the race for secretary of state. Anderson fell short in the race for lieutenant governor against Republican Bill Finkbeiner, a former state senator, and incumbent Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, a Democrat.

Drew, a former Issaquah resident and onetime state senator for the 5th Legislative District, secured state Democrats’ endorsement for secretary of state and outpolled other Democrats — Puyallup state Sen. Jim Kastama and former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels — in the Aug. 7 primary election.

Incumbent Secretary of State Sam Reed, a Republican, is retiring at the end of his term.

Anderson, a longtime legislator and a Fall City Republican, plans to step down from the state House of Representatives once his term ends at the end of the year.

Turnout is expected to rise for August primary

July 17, 2012

The top elections official in Washington, Secretary of State Sam Reed, predicted above-average turnout in the August primary election — 46 percent, or about 3 percent more than the last comparable election.

The summer primary — bumped up to Aug. 7 to accommodate military and overseas voters — allows local voters a chance to decide a property tax measure and cull the field in federal, judicial, legislative and statewide contests.

Reed made the turnout prediction July 12, about a week before ballots started to reach voters.

The electorate selects the top two candidates, regardless of party affiliation, in the all-mail primary election. The top vote recipients then advance to an all-mail general election Nov. 6.

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Secretary of State Sam Reed predicts above-average turnout for August primary

July 12, 2012

NEW — 11:45 a.m. July 12, 2012

The top elections official in Washington, Secretary of State Sam Reed, predicted above-average turnout in the August primary election — 46 percent, or 3 percent more than the last comparable election.

The summer primary — bumped up to Aug. 7 to accommodate military and overseas voters — allows local voters a chance to decide a property tax measure and cull the field in federal, judicial, legislative and statewide contests.

The electorate selects the top two candidates, regardless of party affiliation, in the all-mail primary election. The top vote recipients then advance to an all-mail general election Nov. 6.

“The people of Washington are pretty revved up by the campaigns and issues this year and that should result in a darned good turnout, starting with our primary election,” Reed said in a statement. “We have an extremely competitive presidential race nationally and the media, campaigns, parties and special interest groups have been flooding us with campaign coverage and voter information.”

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Governor endorses former Issaquah legislator for secretary of state

June 22, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. June 22, 2012

Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday endorsed Kathleen Drew, a onetime Issaquah state senator and a former aide to the governor, for secretary of state.

The governor announced the endorsement of Drew, a fellow Democrat, less than a month after Drew earned the state Democrats’ endorsement in the race to succeed retiring Secretary of State Sam Reed.

“Kathleen’s experience in the Legislature and in the Governor’s Office make her well suited to be secretary of state,” Gregoire said in a statement. “She has my support and my vote.”

Other Democrats in the race for secretary of state include former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and Puyallup state Sen. Jim Kastama. Though the candidates all appear on the August primary ballot, only Drew earned the party’s nod. Read more

Former legislator receives Democrats’ endorsement for secretary of state

June 5, 2012

Kathleen Drew, a onetime Issaquah state senator and former aide to Gov. Chris Gregoire, received state Democrats’ endorsement in the race to succeed retiring Secretary of State Sam Reed.

Drew received the nod at the state party convention June 2 after outpolling former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and Puyallup state Sen. Jim Kastama among party activists.

Though the candidates all appear on the August primary ballot, only Drew earned the party’s nod.

In the secretary of state race, Republicans closed ranks behind Thurston County Auditor Kim Wyman.

Voters pick the top two candidates, regardless of party affiliation, Aug. 7 in the all-mail primary election. The top vote recipients then advance to an all-mail general election Nov. 6.

The secretary of state serves as the top elections official in Washington. The office also handles registrations for corporations and charities.

Drew served as a representative for Issaquah and other Eastside communities in the mid-1990s.

In the Legislature, she crafted a tough ethics law for public employees and led the effort to protect the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery from budget cuts.

Kathleen Drew, former Issaquah legislator, receives Democrats’ endorsement for secretary of state

June 3, 2012

NEW — 12:30 p.m. June 3, 2012

Kathleen Drew, a onetime Issaquah state senator and a former aide to Gov. Chris Gregoire, received state Democrats’ endorsement in the race to succeed Secretary of State Sam Reed.

Drew received the nod at the state party convention June 2 after outpolling former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and Puyallup state Sen. Jim Kastama among party activists. Though the candidates all appear on the August primary ballot, only Drew earned the party’s nod.

The secretary of state serves as the top elections official in Washington. The office also handles registrations for corporations and charities.

The incumbent secretary of state, Reed, is a Republican and plans to retire.

Drew served as a representative for Issaquah and other Eastside communities in the mid-1990s.

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Issaquah representative enters race for lieutenant governor

January 6, 2012

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Jan. 6, 2011

State Rep. Glenn Anderson entered the race for lieutenant governor Thursday, as 2012 campaigns coalesced for local candidates.

The formal announcement had been expected for days, after the Fall City Republican said he did not intend to run for another term in November.

Anderson joins a crowded field angling to fill the state’s No. 2 job. Incumbent Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, a Democrat, also faces challenges from former GOP state Sen. Bill Finkbeiner and independent candidate Mark Greene, a Newcastle resident.

“We all know that our nation and state face exceptionally challenging circumstances. This situation requires very hard work and creativity to recapture the American dream in Washington,” Anderson said in a statement. “Olympia must step out of its comfort zone of bending to organized special interests — of both the left and the right — to empower the greater, common good.”

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Kathleen Drew, former Issaquah lawmaker, enters secretary of state race

November 22, 2011

Kathleen Drew

Kathleen Drew, a onetime Issaquah state senator and a former aide to Gov. Chris Gregoire, entered the race Nov. 14 to succeed retiring Secretary of State Sam Reed.

Drew, 51, served as a representative for Issaquah and other Eastside communities in the mid-1990s. In the Legislature, she crafted a tough ethics law for public employees — a national model designed to tamp down on conflicts of interest in state government — and led the effort to protect the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery from budget cuts.

“My strength is really that I’m an experienced public service manager on extremely complex issues at the state level,” she said in a pre-announcement interview.

Drew later served in Gregoire’s administration, initially as a policy adviser focused on the environment and then on general government issues. In the environmental role, she crafted the legislation to establish the Puget Sound Partnership, a regional effort to clean up Puget Sound.

Drew left Gregoire’s office last month to serve as a policy adviser at the state Department of Enterprise Services — a super-agency responsible for handling payroll and personnel, as well as managing contracts, real estate and supplies.

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Kathleen Drew, former Issaquah lawmaker, enters secretary of state race

November 14, 2011

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Nov. 14, 2011

Kathleen Drew, a onetime Issaquah state senator and a former aide to Gov. Chris Gregoire, entered the race Monday to succeed retiring Secretary of State Sam Reed.

Drew, 51, served as a representative for Issaquah and other Eastside communities in the mid-1990s. In the Legislature, she crafted a tough ethics law for public employees — a national model designed to tamp down on conflicts of interest in state government — and led the effort to protect the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery from budget cuts.

“My strength is really that I’m an experienced public service manager on extremely complex issues at the state level,” she said in a pre-announcement interview.

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Dino Rossi strives to be comeback kid in Senate race

September 14, 2010

Former Issaquah legislator returns after dual losses

The story is classic Dino Rossi: a daunting policy issue framed as a kitchen table discussion.

Dino Rossi

Not long before the Sammamish resident and GOP standard-bearer decided to run for the U.S. Senate, son Jake had a question about the national debt.

“My 16-year-old asked me, ‘How much do I owe?’ Sixteen-year-olds shouldn’t be asking questions like that,” Dino Rossi recalled. “They should be asking, ‘Can I have the car keys? And get out the money while you’re giving me the car keys.’”

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