Four candidates face off in 5th District primary

July 8, 2014

Voters will have four choices for state representative in the 5th Legislative District primary Aug. 5.

The two candidates who receive the most votes will run in the Nov. 4 general election.

Incumbent Republican Chad Magendanz will run again. He touts his expertise on educational issues and his willingness to reach across the aisle as reasons for residents to re-elect him.

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Editorial: Candidates wanted, filing dates near

May 6, 2014

There is still time left to consider filing for an elected office — the ultimate volunteer job.

This year’s elections could give you a chance to effect change on the state and national level.

Every seat in the state House of Representatives is up for election this year, in addition to a number of seats in the state Senate.

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State Rep. Chad Magendanz moves up to leadership position in House Education Committee

April 4, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 4, 2014

Freshman State Rep. Chad Magendanz (R-5th District, Issaquah) was named the new ranking Republican on the House Education Committee March 31.

Chad Magendanz

Chad Magendanz

The announcement came after Rep. Cathy Dahlquist (R-31st District, Enumclaw) resigned her committee position.

Magendanz moved up from the committee’s assistant ranking Republican, a position he has held since he was sworn in as a legislator.

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Legislature ends with basic education funding unresolved

March 25, 2014

OLYMPIA — House Bill 2797 and Senate Bill 6483 have a lot in common. Both increased funding for K-3 classroom construction, both had bipartisan sponsorship and both failed to reach the governor’s desk.

In McCleary vs. Washington, the state Supreme Court ruled the state was not sufficiently funding basic education. Earlier this year, the court ordered legislators to quicken the pace of funding to meet McCleary obligations — including K-3 class size reductions. According to the National Education Association, Washington state is fourth worst in the nation for classroom sizes.

House Bill 2797 would have sold $700 million in lottery-backed bonds to fund K-3 classroom construction; it passed out of the House 90-7 with bipartisan support. It failed to make it to the Senate floor after State Treasurer Jim McIntire said lottery-backed bonds were too risky.

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Open-records training could be legislated

February 11, 2014

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would send public officials and employees to what amounts to open-records school.

House Bill 2121 would require public officials and employees to undergo training on open government laws under the state’s Public Records Act and the Open Public Meetings Act.

When the public’s right to know is “stymied” by a public records officer, Rep. Gerry Pollet (D-Seattle) said, “it’s not a pleasant thing to deal with.” Pollet is the main sponsor of the bill, and advocated for a similar bill last year.

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State Supreme Court seeks volunteers

October 22, 2013

The state Supreme Court seeks volunteers to help improve language in the courts to assist those citizens with less command of English.

The Washington State Court Interpreter Commission seeks members to serve as liaisons between the court community and the public. Duties of commission volunteers include:

  • helping develop policies for the Language Access Program,
  • addressing issues, complaints and/or requests regarding access to interpreter services in the courts,

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