March 17, 2015
State legislators descended on their Eastside jurisdictions March 14, holding open houses in Bellevue and Issaquah.
At Bellevue’s Somerset Elementary School, one main topic was education, with dozens of teachers outside, and later inside, carrying signs mostly declaring, “It’s time to fully fund education.”
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.
August 5, 2014
NEW — 9:09 p.m., Aug. 5, 2014
Incumbents lead the pack as King County announced the first tally of primary ballots Aug. 5.
Republican Rep. Dave Reichert shot out to an early lead in the 8th Congressional District race, gaining 29,727 votes or 59.45 percent. The Democratic challengers trailed with Jason Ritchie earning 15,710 or 31.42 percent and Keith Arnold receiving 4,469 or 8.94 percent.
In the 5th Legislative District representative race, Republican incumbent Chad Magendanz so far has collected the most votes in the race with 10,248 or 56.74 percent. Evergreen challenger Democrat David Spring landed in second place with 5,812 or 32.18 percent, while Democrat Colin J. Alexander and Ryan Dean Burkett fell behind with 1,222 votes (6.77 percent) and 758 votes (4.20 percent), respectively.
June 3, 2014
For the first time in years, Washington Votes did not list local politicians at the top of its annual Missed Votes Report.
In the 2014 legislative session, Reps. Jay Rodne (R-5th, North Bend) and Chad Magendanz (R-5th, Issaquah) as well as Sen. Mark Mullet (D-5th, Issaquah) ranked low in the report.
Magendanz didn’t miss any votes and Mullet only missed two. Rodne missed the most out of local representation, with eight total.
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.”
March 4, 2014
As the regular legislative session draws closer to an end, 5th District policy makers gave an update to residents Feb. 22.
Democratic Sen. Mark Mullet and Republican Reps. Chad Magendanz and Jay Rodne welcomed the public to a Town Hall at the Issaquah Highlands Fire Station 73. There, they answered questions about bills hearing discussion in this session, bills that may come in the future and the general state of the Legislature.
Moderator William Shaw gathered questions from the audience and led the discussion, beginning with a possible transportation package.
February 18, 2014
Reps. Jay Rodne and Chad Magendanz and Sen. Mark Mullet invite 5th District residents to attend town hall meetings in Issaquah, Maple Valley and Snoqualmie on Feb. 22.
Citizens who attend will receive an update on the 2014 legislative session. The legislators are encouraging citizens to bring their questions, comments or concerns about legislation, state government and issues affecting the 5th District.
October 1, 2013
Traffic talks are in a jam.
To address ongoing transportation problems and lobby for a Legislature special session this fall, local and regional representatives met for a town hall Sept. 26. An overflowing crowd came to Issaquah City Hall to voice concerns about traffic and hear possible solutions.
Washington State Department of Transportation Regional Administrator Lorena Eng joined Sen. Mark Mullet, Rep. Jay Rodne, Rep. Chad Magendanz, King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, Issaquah City Council President Fred Butler, former Bothell City Councilman Dick Paylor and North Bend Mayor Kenneth Hearing to have a discussion in an attempt to resurrect the failed Legislature funding package and hear citizen opinions.