5th Legislative District primary races uncontested

KING COUNTY - Under the new state guidelines, voters in the primary will be allowed to vote only for partisan race candidates in the political party for which they choose on the ballot. That move leaves the major legislative races for the Valley uncontested within party lines.

Here's a quick look at those candidates seeking positions in 5th Legislative District:

Democratic Party


Kathy Huckaby


Huckaby is a CPA and CFP who understands the tax burdens and the impacts of a negative economy. As the mayor of Sammamish, Huckaby said she works to bring together diverse interests and find effective solutions. In leading the effort to create the city of Sammamish, Huckaby said she learned the benefits of bipartisan partnership and priority management.

If elected, Huckaby said she will continue to be responsive and responsible.

Washington must address many critical issues that are important to the district, such as: cost effective transportation alternative; affordable health care; first-rate public schools; reasonable protections for our quality of life; an effective state government that delivers the services we need and plans for the future.

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Representative Position No. 1

Jeff Griffin


Griffin said he is running to make a difference here at home, and not to score political points in Olympia. Griffin is a fire captain trained in homeland security, local fire commissioner, small business owner, Little League coach and husband and father of two.

Griffin said he will fight for residents priorities: transportation, good jobs and affordable healthcare, quality schools and safe streets.

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Representative, Position No. 2

Barbara de Michele


De Michele said she wants to get Washington moving again by creating jobs, investing in education and solving traffic gridlock. She said that a healthy business can be created by focusing on family-wage jobs, providing strong schools and finding effective traffic solutions. Among her priorities are managing growth, preserving the rural and forested areas and having clean air to breathe.

With 19 years of community service, de Michele said she has a solid reputation for hard work, integrity and problem solving. She is a two-term Issaquah School Board member, a transportation planner and a former small business owner.

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Libertarian Party


Jaime Capili


Capili is a fifth-generation Washingtonian who cares about the state's children. Capili said he "doesn't want to see my nephews get the same poor education I got in our monopolistic public schools." He favors charter schools, choice and vouchers so parents can choose the best school for their child.

Capili said he believes in performance audits, bus over rail, lower taxes and less bureaucracy in Olympia.

* For information, contact Capili at (425) 228-8875.

Representative, Pos. No. 1

Keith Kemp

Fall City

Kemp said his opponents may have the best intentions, but they always support bigger government and less freedom of choice for individuals. Both the Democrats and Republicans have lost all faith in liberty, he said, and in the ability of free persons to care for themselves and to extend a helping hand to their neighbors in need.

Kemp said a vote for him is for less government and more individual freedom.

* For information, contact Kemp at (425) 222-5229.

Representative, Pos. No. 2

Beau Gunderson

Fall City

Gunderson said he's running to giver families more freedom of choice. As a Libertarian, or "classic liberal," Gunderson said that for all peaceful issues he supports the right to decide rather than having politicians make the decisions for you. Gunderson supports parental choice of schools, a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for contributions to private charities and medical savings accounts to increase healthcare options.

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Republican Party


Cheryl Pflug, incumbent


Pflug helped keep a sex-predator halfway house out of the Valley last year and brought $12 million new dollars to schools within the legislative district.

As a critical-care nurse, Pflug is leading the charge to make health insurance more affordable, lower malpractice costs to keep good doctors in Washington and assure that quality care options will be available for residents'' loved ones.

Pflug said her focus on transportation is bringing hundreds of millions of dollars into projects on roads throughout the district while changing the way the department of transportation does business to complete projects efficiently and with the budget.

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Representative, Position No. 1

Jay Rodne, incumbent


Rodne said he is an experienced leader with a proven track record of community and public service. Rodne has earned the reputation as a reasonable and effective legislator whose priorities continue to be creating jobs and revitalizing the state's economy, building world-class public schools, making health care more accessible and affordable and easing traffic congestion. Rodne is a former Snoqualmie City Council member and served as a Major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in Kuwait and Iraq.

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Representative, Position No. 2

Glenn Anderson, incumbent


Anderson said he is committed to common sense regulatory reforms and increased workforce training to create family-wage jobs. Anderson has built a bipartisan coalition to find real solutions to challenges in our K-12 school system. He believes children should be above partisan politics. Anderson's work has helped keep state funding levels for transpiration projects in our district one of the highest in the state.

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