Tony Moore, a Federal Way School Board member, has decided to challenge state Sen. Tracey Eide in the 30th Legislative district.
The 46-year-old Republican is a tire wholesaler and was appointed to the school board in 2008 and is now serving as its president. He holds a bachelor of science in business administration from Liberty University in Virginia, according to his school district biography.
In his campaign announcement, he emphasized the need for reining in spending and improving education. “We need quality schools so our children can get jobs and we need to reduce taxes and regulations so businesses can create jobs,” he said in his press release. “It’s a shame that the legislature is raising taxes $900 million while cutting education spending.”
Democrat Eide is in her third term in the Senate after serving two years in the House. The 30th District encompasses most of suburban South King County including Federal Way and parts of Auburn and Kent.
Read on for the entire press release.
Moore to Run for State Senate
(FEDERAL WAY) Federal Way School Board President Tony Moore today announced that he is running for State Senate against long-time Democratic incumbent Tracey Eide.
Moore said the Legislature’s irresponsible spending and headlong plunge into tax increases prompted his decision.
“Here in Federal Way we’re losing jobs every day while the Legislature in Olympia is in overtime to raise taxes. It doesn’t make sense to penalize small businesses and taxpayers when everyone is struggling to stay afloat,” Moore said.
Moore said his campaign would focus on ways to create jobs in Federal Way and throughout Washington State.
“The top two priorities of my campaign are going to be Job creation and education,” Moore explained. “We need quality schools so our children can get jobs and we need to reduce taxes and regulations so businesses can create jobs.” “It’s a shame that the legislature is raising taxes $900 million while cutting education spending” Moore said.
Moore, 46, won election to the school board in 2008 and was elected as the board president in 2009. He is leading the Board during an important transition in Federal Way Schools as a new school superintendent is being hired.
“To parents in Federal Way, nothing is more important than our public schools,” Moore said. “Yet, for decades our schools have not received the funding they need. It’s wrong and I will make sure it stops.”
Moore, who is running as a Republican, pointed to his deep community involvement as a key to his legislative plans.
“As your State Senator I will want to represent Federal Way to help bring people together to solve local problems. Ideology is idiocy when it comes to creating jobs and supporting our children.”
Moore is a successful entrepreneur who owns a regional, wholesale tire business.
“As a business owner, I know what it takes to create jobs,” said Moore. “Raising taxes and putting more hurdles in the way of employers will only mean more unemployment and more suffering.”
Moore criticized Tracey Eide for spending state government into a $9 billion deficit.
“State spending increased by a third over the last five years,” Moore said. “It’s been unfair to taxpayers, unfair to teachers and unfair to our children.”
Moore said he would do the work required to win the election, including visiting voters on their doorsteps in all precincts in the district.
“The crisis in our state government demands that we each do all we can to restore fiscal integrity to Washington state,” he said.
He has been active in Federal Way politics since 2002. He lives in Federal Way with his wife, Trise, and their children, Brianna, and Anthony