Greg Hoover declares candidacy for Washington’s 5th Legislative District
December 29, 2009
By J.B. Wogan
NEW — 7:21 a.m. Dec. 29, 2009
Greg Hoover, a Sammamish resident, announced Dec. 22 that he would seek a position in the state House of Representatives.
Hoover, a Realtor and real estate attorney, will run in 2010 against Snoqualmie Republican Jay Rodne for one of the two 5th Legislative District seats.
Hoover is casting himself as a tough business professional with an optimistic streak.
The state’s is facing an estimated $2.6 billion budget deficit that will surely dominate the 2010 legislative session.
Hoover’s early positions on issues are based around things he won’t do, like raising taxes. He also has come out against introducing an income tax.
“It’s going to cost a lot of money just to get it started,” Hoover said, adding that it was a less convenient revenue source than the sales tax. “It’s a tax that’s hard to collect on.”
Hoover has a master’s in tax law, in addition to his general law degree.
Hoover also said he wouldn’t vote for deeper cuts to money for public education and is against teacher-to-student ratios ballooning beyond where they currently are.
Hoover also said he wouldn’t be in favor of tolling Interstate 90.
“I think that would ask way too much of people on the Eastside, specifically in the 5th District,” he explained.
He said he was less sure of whether the state should toll State Route 520.
Hoover described himself as a moderate Democrat, with emphasis on moderate. While he was glad Referendum 71 passed in November, he would not vote in favor of a gay marriage bill, he said.
He said he was pro-choice, but felt conflicted about the position, given that he is also Catholic.
Hoover’s opponent, Rep. Jay Rodne, declared his candidacy in early December and has raised $9,400 so far, according to the Public Disclosure Commission.
Rodne was appointed to a seat in the legislature in 2004 when then-5th District Rep. Cheryl Pflug became a state senator. Rodne won an uncontested election campaign in 2006 and defeated Democrat Jon Viebrock in 2008 by more than 19 points.
Besides Snoqualmie, North Bend and Fall City, the 5th District includes Issaquah, Sammamish, Maple Valley and parts of unincorporated King County.
J.B. Wogan: 392-6434, ext. 247, or firstname.lastname@example.org.