December 30, 2011
Snoqualmie Valley is being split between two Congressional districts, based on a proposal from the commission tasked with redrawing Washington state’s political boundaries. The commission shifted boundaries to make room for a congressional district that has a majority of residents of minority ethnicities, and a new district centered in Olympia.
The plan cuts off neighbors to the northeast of North Bend and Snoqualmie, and moves them into the 1st Congressional District. Most of the residents in the upper Snoqualmie Valley remain in a more conservative 8th Congressional District, which now stretches across the Cascade Mountains.
Fall City and the rest of the lower Valley move into the 1st District, which remains the state’s one swing district.
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.
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.
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.”
February 25, 2010
Mount Si graduate seeks GOP nomination for U.S. Senate race as fiscal conservative
NEW — 9:55 a.m. Feb. 25, 2010
Chris Widener has two messages in his bid for the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Patty Murray in November: no worries, no waste.