Sheffer quits 45th District race, says GOP favored Valderrama

March 25, 2016: Charlie Sheffer, who last year began running for State Representative from the 45th Legislative District, has withdrawn from the race.

Sammamish City Council Deputy Mayor Ramiro Valderrama declared his candidacy yesterday. He will challenge incumbent Democrat Roger Goodman, who has held the seat since 2007.

“On February 15…I informed the House Republican Organizing Committee (HROC) that we would be withdrawing from our 2016 bid for the state House,” Sheffer wrote in an email to Sammamish Comment.

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Valderrama declares for State Representative from the 45th

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The 45th Legislative District for the Washington State House of Representatives. Click on image to enlarge.

March 24, 2016: Ramiro Valderrama, deputy mayor of Sammamish, today announced his candidacy for State Representative from the 45th District. He’s seeking the seat held by Democrat Roger Goodman since 2007.

Valderrama will run as a Republican.

Charlie Sheffer of Redmond declared for this seat last year. At this writing, it’s unclear if Sheffer will stay in the race or withdraw in favor of Valderrama. Valderrama was reelected to his second term on the Sammamish City Council in November, effective Jan. 1. He received 83% of the vote against Parks Commissioner Hank Klein, who withdrew from the race too late to remove his name from the ballot.

Valderrama was selected by his peers to be Deputy Mayor for one year.

Valderrama intends to retain his seat on the City Council if elected to the State House, he told Sammamish Comment.

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