The Moderate Washingtonian

Outlook on politics and elections in the state of Washington from an overall centrist viewpoint. My views tend to be libertarian in nature, but at the same time are largely nonpartisan.

06 July 2006

Just when you thought Yakima might be normal

So, apparently Chris Gregoire did not screw over her party in the 14th legislative district -- thanks to Rep. Jim Clements [R-Selah]. Clements was considered the likely appointee to Alex Deccio's Senate seat were he appointed to the Eastern Washington Growth Management Hearings Board, but announced at the beginning of this month that he is retiring from the House seat he has held the past 12 years, and if for some other reason Deccio does retire before the end of the term, he is not interested in having it. That means Yakima City Councilman Ron Bonlender will be running for the second seat, giving Democrats at least an outside shot at it, while Yakima businessman Glen Blomgren and former Naches Mayor Charles Ross have thus far announced for the Republican primary. For the record, Clements supports Ross to be his successor.

Elsewhere, some dude named Dale Murphy has filed to run against my sentimental favourite state legislator, Rep. Fred Jarrett [R-Mercer Island]. Probably not a big deal, unless it's this Dale Murphy.


At 9:54 AM, Blogger Gina said...

I'm sure you don't need my help staying up to date on Yakima's unfolding House 2 Seat drama, BUT I wanted to pass this along from my research:

"Republican activists in the 14th Legislative District have blessed three candidates for the primary, while a fourth says she'll still seek the party's nod in September.” Yakima Herald, July 18

The folks that got the ecumenical GOP nod:
• Jim Keightley (46) R, lieutenant with the WSP, first time running for office. From a personal statement: “If elected Jim Keightley will be a strong effective leader who will provide uncompromising support for the defense of traditional marriage and family, public safety, security, and crime and punishment, and business and agriculture.

• Glen Blomgren, (61) R, businessman and educator, previously ran for county commission two years ago. Blomgren was Attorney General Rob McKenna's Yakima County campaign manager in the attorney general's race, and said the two got to know and like each other. From website: “Although committed to freedom of religion for all people, I am a devoted Christian, and an active member of the Yakima 6th Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have been married to my wife Julia for 17 years. We have a blended family of nine children, thirty-three grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. “

• Charles Ross, (35) R, mayor of Naches, funeral director (Clements has endorsed Ross) Sits on the Yakima Health District Board of Health.

At 2:19 PM, Blogger TMW said...

Thanks for the scoop, Gina. I'm very opposed to the GOP's nominating conventions, but it is good to hear at least one candidate is willing to run regardless.


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