State Rep. Glenn Anderson is running for lieutenant governor

January 17, 2012

State Rep. Glenn Anderson entered the race for lieutenant governor Jan. 5, as 2012 campaigns coalesced for local candidates.

Rep. Glenn Anderson

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.”

Anderson outlined a campaign focused on education, economic development and spending issues.

The longtime lawmaker said he plans to start campaigning for the post after the legislative session concludes in March, although special sessions to address the state budget gap could shift the schedule. (Legislators returned to Olympia on Jan. 9 for the 2012 regular session.)

State law prohibits campaign fundraising for lawmakers and other elected state officials 30 days before a regular legislative session, and during the session.

Chad Magendanz, a Republican and the Issaquah School Board president, entered the race Jan. 5 to succeed Anderson in the House of Representatives.

Issaquah School Board President Chad Magendanz eyes Glenn Anderson’s House seat

January 10, 2012

In a campaign announcement focused on dollars for education, Chad Magendanz, a Republican and the Issaquah School Board president, entered the race Jan. 5 to represent Issaquah and rural East King County in the Legislature.

Magendanz, a Tiger Mountain resident in Issaquah, launched the local campaign season days after state leaders offered a re-contoured legislative district for the Issaquah area and a little more than a week after the longtime incumbent, GOP state Rep. Glenn Anderson, opted against running for the seat in 2012.

Chad Magendanz

“Much of the policy that affects our kids is not made in the district, it’s made down in Olympia. That’s where the funding for the most part is, and that’s where the major decisions are made as far as the future of education,” Magendanz said to business and education leaders gathered at the King County Library System headquarters in Issaquah.

“If we’re going to enact meaningful education reform, we need to have a voice down there in Olympia,” he added.

The kickoff reflected on Magendanz’s experience on the school board, and state and national education organizations. The former United States Navy nuclear submarine officer highlighted the Issaquah School District’s accomplishments in the campaign announcement.

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State Supreme Court again rules basic education is state duty

January 10, 2012

“Cautiously optimistic” was the response of Issaquah School District Superintendent Steve Rasmussen to Jan. 5’s state Supreme Court ruling regarding school funding.

In a 7-2 decision, the court ruled that the Legislature is not living up to its constitutional mandate to fund basic education.

The ruling came in the so-called NEWS lawsuit, filed in 2007 and named for the coalition of school districts, teachers unions and education advocates that led the suit. The Issaquah district supported the suit through an amicus brief filed with the court.

That group is known as the Network for Excellence in Washington Schools. It was asking the court to help enforce a 1978 ruling that also said the state was not living up to its paramount duty to pay for basic kindergarten through 12th-grade education.

In the conclusion of its ruling, the court majority opinion stated that Article IX, Section 1 of the state Constitution makes it the “paramount duty of the state to amply provide for the education of all children within its borders.”

“The state has failed to meet its duty under Article IX, Section 1 by consistently providing school districts with a level of resources that falls short of the actual costs of the basic education program,” the opinion further states.

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Lawmakers face familiar choices as Legislature girds for budget cuts

January 10, 2012

Local lawmakers returned to Olympia — and a familiar problem — as the Legislature reconvened Jan. 9, less than a month after a budget-cutting special session.

The sluggish economy means lower-than-expected revenues — and a $1.4 billion hole in the 2011-13 budget lawmakers crafted last year. The budget gap could reach $2 billion if lawmakers heed Gov. Chris Gregoire’s call to preserve state reserve dollars.

Legislators chipped almost $480 million from the total in December by cutting budgets at the state education agency — the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction — and the Department of Ecology. Officials also delayed payments to counties and school districts.

“All the easy stuff — if there was any easy stuff in the first place — has already been done,” said Rep. Larry Springer, a 45th Legislative District Democrat. “We’re cutting services that people are going to notice and miss.”

Local lawmakers — Springer’s district includes part of Sammamish — said residents could feel the latest cuts more keenly than past efforts to trim state spending.

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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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Issaquah superintendent is ‘cautiously optimistic’ after Supreme Court education ruling

January 5, 2012

NEW — 4:45 p.m. Jan. 5, 2012

“Cautiously optimistic” was the response of Issaquah School District Superintendent Steve Rasmussen to Jan. 5’s state Supreme Court ruling regarding school funding.

Steve Rasmussen

In a 7-2 decision, the court ruled that the Legislature is not living up to its constitutional mandate to fund basic education.

The ruling came in the so-called NEWS lawsuit, filed in 2007 and named for the coalition of school districts, teachers unions and education advocates that led the suit. The Issaquah district supported the suit through an amicus brief filed with the court.

That group is known as the Network for Excellence in Washington Schools. They were asking the court to help enforce a 1978 ruling that also said the state was not living up to its paramount duty to pay for basic K-12 education.

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Issaquah School Board member Chad Magendanz launches campaign for Legislature

January 5, 2012

NEW — 11:35 a.m. Jan. 5, 2011

In a campaign announcement focused on dollars for education, Chad Magendanz, a Republican and the Issaquah School Board president, entered the race Thursday to represent Issaquah and rural East King County in the Legislature.

Chad Magendanz

Magendanz, a Tiger Mountain resident in Issaquah, launched the local campaign season days after state leaders offered a re-contoured legislative district for the Issaquah area and a little more than a week after the longtime incumbent, GOP state Rep. Glenn Anderson, opted against running for the seat in 2012.

“Much of the policy that affects our kids is not made in the district, it’s made down in Olympia. That’s where the funding for the most part is, and that’s where the major decisions are made as far as the future of education,” Magendanz said to business and education leaders gathered at the King County Library System headquarters in Issaquah.

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Issaquah representative to retire, run for lieutenant governor

January 3, 2012

Rep. Glenn Anderson

Issaquah’s most senior representative in Olympia — state Rep. Glenn Anderson — does not intend to seek re-election in 2012 and plans to run for lieutenant governor after serving the 5th Legislative District for a dozen years.

The longtime lawmaker enters a crowded field for the No. 2 spot in the executive branch. Other candidates include incumbent Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, former State Sen. Bill Finkbeiner and Mark Greene, a Newcastle resident.

The office carries few significant responsibilities. The official duties include standing in for the governor if he or she is incapacitated, presiding over the state Senate, and serving on a handful of committees and commissions, such as the State Finance Committee.

The situation in Washington is “a mess, and it’s not getting any better. So, I’m going to give it a go,” Anderson said Dec. 28. “Doing what we’re doing now is a sure death train.”

Local voters elected the Fall City Republican in 2000 and subsequently in even-numbered years since.

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Rep. Glenn Anderson announces retirement from state House

December 28, 2011

NEW — 9:55 a.m. Dec. 28, 2011

Issaquah’s most senior representative in Olympia — state Rep. Glenn Anderson — said Wednesday he does not intend to seek re-election next year and plans to retire after serving the 5th Legislative District for a dozen years.

Glenn Anderson

Local voters elected the Fall City Republican in 2000 and subsequently in even-numbered years since. Anderson cruised to re-election last year against David Spring, the same candidate Anderson faced in a tight race in 2008. Anderson intends to serve through the remainder until the term expires next year.

“It’s been an extraordinary gift and a privilege to be allowed to serve the citizens of our community,” he said in a statement. “I’ve been extremely lucky that so many constituents, regardless of party affiliation, felt as though it was important to be engaged and have helped in many ways with all the issues I’ve been called on to deal with over the years.”

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State lawmaker asks residents to complete budget survey

October 4, 2011

State Rep. Glenn Anderson called on residents in Issaquah and elsewhere in the 5th Legislative District for ideas to address a $1.4 billion hole in the state budget.

The longtime lawmaker, a Fall City Republican, is asking residents to complete a 19-question survey as the Legislature prepares to return to Olympia for a special session to address the budget gap. However, legislators might need to cut about $2 billion in order to ensure the state maintains adequate reserves.

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