Candidates to face off in Eastside forums

October 5, 2010

Hear the candidates in legislative and congressional races discuss the economy, education and other issues at forums in Issaquah and Newcastle.

The candidates in the contests to represent Issaquah in the state House of Representatives plan to attend a forum hosted by the Issaquah Valley Elementary Parent Teacher Association. The discussion is focused on 5th Legislative District education. The district includes most of Issaquah and Sammamish, plus North Bend and Snoqualmie.

The education forum is Oct. 12 at Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

The incumbent Republicans, Glenn Anderson and Jay Rodne, and Democrats David Spring and Gregory Hoover plan to attend.

Though the forum is open to the public, state PTA bylaws prohibit the display of candidate signs, buttons or materials during the discussion.

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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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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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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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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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School district officials meet with state legislators

May 25, 2010

Issaquah School District officials met with state legislators to discuss the 2009 session at a meeting May 12.

The meeting was held before the evening’s regular school board meeting.

State Sens. Rodney Tom and Randy Gordon, and state Reps. Glenn Anderson, Deborah Eddy and Marcie Maxwell met with Issaquah School Board members to address education initiatives from the legislative session.

They also talked about reconciling the state’s budget this year and the expected budget gap coming next session that could greatly impact services to districts. Legislators said school districts, unions and parents would need to work together with one voice and agenda to help secure critical funding.

In addition, the officials and legislators spoke about the state’s Race to the Top application and legislative work around education reform through House Bill 2261.

Legislators also addressed rumblings of a potential initiative to go before voters for a state income tax. However, legislators said they have yet to see the initiative, nor have they heard of anyone who has signed onto it.

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.

Sen. Cheryl Pflug ranks high for missed votes, annual tally shows

April 20, 2010

State Sen. Cheryl Pflug ranked No. 4 for the number of missed votes during the just-concluded legislative session, a tally released last week shows.

Pflug, a Maple Valley Republican, represents Issaquah and the 5th District in Olympia. The senator missed 78 votes. Senators held 538 votes during the 60-day regular session and a nearly monthlong special session.

Pflug said she missed some “routine” votes due to nighttime law-school classes.

Cheryl Pflug

“It wasn’t anything important,” she said last week. “I am there (in Olympia) all the time.”

WashingtonVotes.org — a nonpartisan organization set up to provide plain-English explanations of bills and legislators’ votes — compiled the tally.

State Rep. Glenn Anderson, a Fall City Republican, missed 18 votes during the session. State Rep. Jay Rodne missed the least votes of all 5th District lawmakers. Rodne, a North Bend Republican, missed a mere five votes.

Besides Issaquah, the district also includes Sammamish, Snoqualmie and parts of unincorporated King County.

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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

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