Republican files for 45th LD State Senate

Ken Smith, the first Republican to seek the State Senate seat this year for the 45th Legislative District. The northern half of Sammamish is in the 45th.

The first Republican filed today for State Senator for the 45th Legislative District, which includes the northern half of Sammamish.

Ken A. Smith, who until today was a member of the Northshore School Board, moved to Duvall in order to run in the 45th. The Northshore Board included Woodinville, although Smith lived in Kenmore, another suburb that’s in the Northshore District.

Smith, who describes himself as a moderate, joins two Democrats and an Independent who already declared for the 45th seat, now held by interim State Senator Dino Rossi. Rossi was appointed to the seat when incumbent Republican Andy Hill died last year.

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Candidates emerge for likely County Council run, 45th State Senate

Tom Vance

Tom Vance, who was defeated in November 2015 in his reelection bid for the Sammamish City Council, is gearing up to run against King County Council Member Kathy Lambert, say people familiar with the situation.

Vance has been soliciting endorsements for a run, people tell Sammamish Comment.

He also dropped an expansive Public Records Request on Lambert’s office for 16 years of data for travel records and meeting attendance.

Vance served on the Sammamish City Council from 2012 through 2015. He was mayor in 2014-15. He lost 54%-46% to Tom Hornish. Vance ran for Council in 2009, losing to John Curley 55%-45%. In his successful 2011 campaign, he defeated a weak and unqualified candidate 68% to 32%, only to drop by 22 points in his losing race against Hornish.

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