Political Buzz

Talking WA politics.

NOTICE: Political Buzz has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved Political Buzz.
Visit the new section.

Dennis Flannigan won’t seek re-election to Legislature

Post by David Wickert on Feb. 18, 2010 at 10:29 am with 5 Comments »
February 18, 2010 10:29 am

State Rep. Dennis Flannigan, D-Tacoma, has announced he will not seek re-election this year.

Nathe Lawver, chairman of the Pierce County Democratic Party, just shared this e-mail from Flannigan:

Dear Democratic Friends,


Dear 27th District Democrat, and friend:

What’s true? It is true I am not planning to return to the Washington State Legislature in 2011.

I am not running for the legislature in the 27th District, and want anyone interested in running to learn by this email what has been a long pondered decision, but in the end, and easy decision.

I have no plans to endorse a candidate, nor to campaign vigorously in 2010. I plan to remain in the legislature through my term, and make this opportunity for someone new, someone with health and insight and energy the chance to assist the state to recover its economy, and advance education, business, environment to new levels of success yet unimagined.

I thank all who have supported me, all who worked against me for their causes, and every resident in the 27th that struggles with the ways to help our county, communities and neighborhoods prosper, celebrate their successes and build an infrastructure that guides generations to come in how well Washington State governs.

Bring your energies to the task, find good candidates, urge them to run for office, and then dedicate yourselves to supporting them like you have supported me, and continue to support Sen. Regala and Rep. Darneille. They are two remarkably talented and respected legislators.

My best,

Dennis (D) 27th District, Position 1

Leave a comment Comments → 5
  1. I’ve heard rumors that Dennis Flannigan (D-Tacoma) knows how to draw cartoons. Do you have proof?

  2. This is good for clean government. He was part of the MLK Housing Authority scandals with Brian Ebersole and Frank Chopp. He got MLK over $4 million in state appropriations, set-up deliberately without proper financial controls, with most of the money now missing.

  3. Good. One retiring. Now just a few more to vote out of entrenched citizens representative government positions within our state and federal government.

    But, could it be, just thinking; possibly, State Rep. Dennis Flannigan may be more intelligent and appreciate tomorrows state risk analysis today—debt, less ‘Taxpayers’, more foreign control of debt, and the Washington State citizens standard of living and wages moving closer to those of world member WTO nations to remain competitive—who funds government services absent ‘Taxpayers’? We will all know more at Year 2015 approaches and more of the WTO trade restrictions are removed that allows our U.S. economy to become comparable equal with WTO member nations.

    Good luck with your new employment in the new U.S. and Washington State WTO economy with wages of tomorrow. You helped create it for citizens’ prosperity tomorrow.

  4. Rep. Flannigan has been a pragmatic voice in the house. He has faced tough challenges with creative solutions. He has done good work on behalf of the 27th LD, and I look forward to hearing where his new adventures take him.

  5. scubabob says:

    How disappointingly partisan Rep Denny chose not to direct his announcment to ALL 27th district constituents, rather than only his “Democratic Friends.” After 41 years, I understand I live in a district so overwhemingly Democratic and not inclusively democratic so those of us who do not favor government being the only hiring/growth industry could still all be “friends.”
    P.S. Denny, I’m sorry to learn of your wife’s recent passing. Go gently with your healing and find new meaning and “next steps” direction.

We welcome comments. Please keep them civil, short and to the point. ALL CAPS, spam, obscene, profane, abusive and off topic comments will be deleted. Repeat offenders will be blocked. Thanks for taking part and abiding by these simple rules.

Follow the comments on this post with RSS 2.0