Anderson seeks third term to 5th District seat
October 2, 2008 · Updated 12:07 PM
FALL CITY - Rep. Glenn Anderson (R-Fall City) announced March 18 that he will be seeking a third term to the state House of Representatives representing the 5th Legislative District, which includes Issaquah, Sammamish, Snoqualmie Valley and Maple Valley.
Anderson has served since 2000 and currently sits on several House of Representative committees including K-12 Education, Technology, Telecommunications and Energy and the Appropriations committees. He previously served on the Transportation Committee. Anderson also serves as the House Republican floor leader leading debates on proposed legislation in Olympia.
"A robust economy that creates family-wage jobs is the key to a bright future for our state. That prosperity pays the bills for our schools, hospitals, roads, community centers and parks," said Anderson.
Anderson has been recognized as a statewide leader and advocate for significant state government reforms to improve the state's competitiveness and business climate.
Over the last four years the state has incurred more than $4 billion in budget deficits and future budget deficits are forecasted to be at least $2 billion over the next four years. Recently, Wall Street analysts downgraded the state's bond rating due to continuing budget deficits, thus potentially costing tens of millions of dollars in new interest expense on the state's growing debt burden.
"This spend, spend and spend more approach is unsustainable and crippling our future," said Anderson. "Unless we embrace greater fiscal accountability, then many of our expectations for the quality of life in our communities will continue to go unmet."
In the past two years, Anderson has successfully helped negotiate bipartisan legislation to require performance audits to be conducted by the state auditor for all state government programs and spending. This legislation passed the state House twice, but has not passed the state Senate yet, due to opposition by Gov. Gary Locke.
Anderson feels in these challenging times the state must make progress on the most difficult issues. He has championed bipartisan legislation for a comprehensive review of our K-12 schools' funding, expenditures and governance.