Rossi, Nixon, Hussey nominated for Andy Hill’s seat; Valderrama passes


Ramiro Valderrama

Precinct committeemen of the 45th Legislative District selected Dino Rossi, Toby Nixon and Joel Hussey as their candidates to forward to the King County Council to fill the vacancy on an interim basis created by the death of State Sen. Andy Hill, a Republican.

Sammamish Deputy Mayor Ramiro Valderrama, who just lost his bid for the State House for the 45th, as a Republican, was nominated but withdrew his name to concentrate on his current duties as a City Councilman.

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Joel Hussey in 45th; Glenn Anderson for Lt. Gov advancement

Sammamish voters north of SE 8th St. are in the new 45th Legislative District boundaries. Joel Hussey, a Republican, is running for State Representative and should be one of the two to move on to the general election. He’s running in the Top 2 primary against incumbent Richard Goodman (D) and another Democrat. The primary is August 7 and voters already have their mail-in ballots.

Among his endorsements: Sammamish City Councilmen John James, Ramiro Valderrama and John Curley; Kirkland City Councilman Toby Nixon, himself a former 45th District State Rep.; Sammamish’s Dino Rossi; and State Reps. Jay Rodne and Glenn Anderson (of the 5th LD, which until redistricting, represented most of Sammamish).

I’ve know Joel for probably 15 years or more. We’re both in commercial aviation and I can tell you that Joel is a man of high integrity, who understands the need to compromise to get the job done, and who is fiscally conservative–which this state needs right now. He is more socially conservative than I prefer but he is not so dogmatic as the extremists would like.

Glenn Anderson should, along with incumbent Brad Owen, be the two finalists for the General Election for Lt. Governor. Anderson is one of those truly vanishing species: a moderate Republican who is by standards of today’s Republican Party a liberal. Anderson, whom I actually worked against in the 2004 election, has grown for the past eight years and has some interesting ideas should he be elected to succeed Owen, who has been in the office 16 years.