Rodne announces candidacy for the 5th District

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SNOQUALMIE VALLEY - Rep. Jay Rodne, R-Snoqualmie, has announced his candidacy for state representative of the 5th Legislative District.

"I'm looking forward to this campaign and the opportunity to discuss the important issues facing our district with constituents," said Rodne. "My experiences in the Legislature these last few months have only reinforced my commitment to serve the people of the 5th District."

Rodne, 38, was appointed to the Washington State House of Representatives in January to take over for Cheryl Pflug, who replaced state Senator Dino Rossi. Rossi is running for governor.

"My priorities include building a world-class education system for our children and communities, creating and preserving jobs, easing traffic congestion and making health care more accessible and affordable to all," said Rodne. "I'm fortunate to be a member of House committees that allow me to focus on issues that I am passionate about and that are so important to our district."

Rodne sits on the House Transportation; Health Care; and Trade and Economic Development Committees. He was also chosen to serve as the assistant ranking minority member of the House Health Care Committee.

"The 5th District has an excellent team of legislators serving them," said Rossi. "Jay Rodne is an important part of this team and the district is lucky to have him representing their interests in Olympia."

"The most important aspect of being a state representative is listening to constituents and representing their interests and views in Olympia," said Rodne. "This campaign is about leadership and understanding and addressing my constituents' needs."

"Jay's grasp of the issues and his incredible work ethic are things that will benefit this district for years to come," said fellow 5th District State Representative Glenn Anderson, R-Fall City. "I've been amazed at how seamless his transition has been to the Legislature. It speaks volumes about his hard work and knowledge base."

Prior to being appointed as a state representative, Rodne was elected to the Snoqualmie City Council in 2001, where he chaired its Public Safety Committee.

Rodne graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1997, where he obtained his juris doctor degree cum laude. There he served as the executive editor of the Gonzaga Law Review and was selected for the prestigious Thomas More Scholarship. Prior to becoming a member of the House of Representatives, Rodne was in private practice with a Bellevue firm.

Rodne resides in Snoqualmie with his wife Heidi and their two children, Tye and Kalyn.

Rodne will face Jeff Griffin, a Sammamish resident and fire captain.

Griffin, who announced his candidacy in March, officially kicked off his campaign last week.

Griffin said he is running for the Legislature because the district deserves leadership that invests in the basic services: education, transportation and public safety.

"I'm used to making tough decisions under pressure. That's the same kind of leadership I'm going to take to Olympia," said Griffin.

A former fire commissioner, Griffin also owns a small business with his wife and their family. He has been a volunteer for Issaquah Friends of Youth, an organization that provides services for kids and families in crisis, for over seven years. He coaches Little League and serves as a traffic safety helper at Cascade Ridge Elementary School.

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