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.
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Raising taxes is a non-starter for many politicians after voters rejected new taxes and repealed an existing tax in several statewide tax initiatives.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.
September 8, 2010
NEW — 6:00 a.m. Sept. 8, 2010
Turnout in the August election reached the highest level for a primary in six years, but participation did not meet pre-election estimates.
The all-mail election attracted 39 percent of King County voters. King County Elections had forecast 45 percent turnout before the election. The office tallied 421,157 ballots.
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.
August 20, 2010
UPDATED — 8:00 a.m. Aug. 20, 2010
Established candidates outpaced challengers in the early election results.
The primary set up a showdown for a 5th Legislative District seat in the state House of Representatives, a competitive congressional race and a chance to elect a judge to the King County District Court bench.
August 4, 2010
NEW — 6:21 p.m. Aug. 4, 2010
Voters in the 5th Legislative District – primarily those in the Snoqualmie, North Bend, Issaquah and Sammamish areas — face two solid choices in the upcoming contest for a state representative.
Mail-back ballots for the Aug. 17 primary election will reach voters this week.
In Glenn Anderson, voters have a seasoned representative who has learned to navigate the Capitol corridors as a member of the oft-marginalized Republican Party. Democrat Dean Willard presents a chance for a fresh perspective.
Willard presents the most credible challenge Anderson has faced in years. With his background in the Eastside technology industry, he has a good grasp of the concerns facing owners of local businesses, small and large alike.