December 28, 2011
Rep. Glenn Anderson is running for Washington state’s lieutenant governor office in 2012. He said Wednesday that he will make a formal announcement in early January.
He also said that he will not run for re-election to a seventh consecutive term as a state representative. Since 2000, he has represented the 5th Legislative District, which includes Snoqualmie Valley.
At least four candidates will by vying for the seat — Anderson, the incumbent Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, former state Sen. Bill Finkbeiner and an independent candidate, Mark Greene. All have filed with the state’s Public Disclosure Commission.
September 22, 2011
Washington State is in the midst of its once-a-decade chance to re-evaluate the lines on a map that create our Congressional and Legislative districts. Politics, of course, figure into the process.
Please, powers-that-be, draw the lines based on logical groups of people, not on how best to create districts safe for one party or the other.
Logic does not divide small cities. Logic does not have a district that encompasses large portions of both sides of the Cascades. Logic does not base district boundaries on today’s representation without acknowledging that elected officials and political leanings will change dramatically over the next decade.
September 15, 2011
Snoqualmie and North Bend could see their congressional district — the 8th — become more conservative based on plans released Tuesday by the panel responsible for redrawing Washington’s political map.
Three of the four plans unveiled by members of the Washington Redistricting Commission moved the 8th congressional district to the east and across the Cascade Mountains. Another plan moved the cities into a more rural version of the current 1st congressional district.
February 4, 2011
The 5th Legislative District GOP chairman, Bob Brunjes, has been elected to a third term. Brunjes, a Snoqualmie resident, was elected Feb. 1 to lead the Republican stronghold in a mostly blue Western Washington.
The veteran activist and organizer oversees 182 precinct committee officers from Snoqualmie Pass to Sammamish to Maple Valley and part of Renton.
In recent years Democrats have made gains in traditionally conservative districts, but the 5th District has remained a firm bastion for the GOP. Across the state, Republicans regained some of those losses in last fall’s election.
November 9, 2010
NEW — 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 2010
The national GOP tsunami that swept Republicans into statehouses across the nation on Election Day was gentle surf in Washington.
Buffered by large majorities, Democrats kept control of both the state Senate and state House of Representatives. However, candidates from both parties stressed fiscal responsibility in their campaigns.
Republicans held onto the 5th Legislative District and picked up some seats in East King County, but fell short of the seven seats they needed to retake the state Senate.
Washington state Legislature faces tough task in balancing budget deficit after voters send anti-tax message
November 5, 2010
NEW — 6:15 p.m. Nov. 5, 2010
Washington State Legislators are reading one clear message in the results of the Nov. 2 election — no new taxes.
That won’t make the Legislature’s job writing a balanced budget for 2012-2013 any easier when it meets in Olympia in January. The state is expected to be short about $4.8 billion.
Raising taxes is a non-starter for many politicians after voters rejected new taxes and repealed an existing tax in several statewide tax initiatives. Voters also approved an initiative that makes it harder for the Legislature to raise new taxes.
November 2, 2010
UPDATED — 10:20 p.m. Nov. 2, 2010
State Reps. Jay Rodne and Glenn Anderson staked large leads in early election results Tuesday night. The two Republican incumbents jumped ahead of two weak challengers in the 5th Legislative District.
A proposition in King County to raise the sales tax by 0.02 percent to support public safety and criminal justice services was failing with less than 44 percent of early results in favor.
Three King County Charter amendments all led. Charter Amendment No. 3, which would give the King County Sheriff the ability to negotiate working conditions and hours with the King County Police Officers Guild, pulled in nearly 53 percent of initial results.
Republican Congressman Dave Reichert held off a spirited challenge from Democrat Suzan DelBene to represent Issaquah and the 8th Congressional District in the other Washington. DelBene conceded the race at a post-election party in Bellevue.
The U.S. Senate race remained too close to call Tuesday night. With 49 percent of votes counted, Dino Rossia, a Sammamish Republican, trailed incumbent Democrat Patty Murray, who had 50 percent of the vote. In King County, Murray had nearly 62 percent to Rossi’s 38 percent.
October 6, 2010
NEW — 11:51 a.m. Oct. 6, 2010
Republicans, re-energized after a decade of defeats and defections on the Eastside, hope to shift a handful of suburban districts back into the GOP column. Incumbent Democrats promise difficult fights to hold the territory.
Democrats hold sizeable majorities in Olympia. The party outnumbers Republicans 61-37 in the House of Representatives and 31-18 in the Senate. Gov. Chris Gregoire is also a Democrat.
“I think it’s probably a pretty safe bet that the Republicans will pick up some seats, but I don’t know how many,” Washington State University political science professor David Nice said. “My guess is that, no matter who ends up in majority status in either house of the Legislature that the majority is not going to be a very big one.”
September 28, 2010
NEW — 1:30 p.m. Sept. 28, 2010
In an election year when both Democrats and Republicans say the stakes are high at the local and national levels, the 5th Legislative District Democrats passed on endorsing David Spring, who is challenging Rep. Glenn Anderson, R-Fall City, for the district’s Position 2.
Spring upset well-funded Democrat Dean Willard in the Aug. 17 primary. Anderson won the primary with nearly 58 percent. Spring received 25 percent, and Willard received 17 percent.
August 24, 2010
NEW — 4:00 p.m. Aug. 24, 2010
Established candidates took the lead in early results for the Aug. 17 primary race for Position No. 2 in the 5th Legislative District. Incumbent state Rep. Glenn Anderson, a Republican, staked a large lead ahead of Democratic challengers David Spring and Dean Willard.
Anderson, a Fall City resident, received 58 percent of the votes counted. Spring, a North Bend resident, garnered 25 percent. Willard received 16 percent, despite having raised more campaign money than Anderson and Spring combined.