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Primary coming in 25th District

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on April 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm with 5 Comments »
April 20, 2010 8:15 am

A pair of primary fights are shaping up in the 25th Legislative District.

Democratic Rep. Dawn Morrell of Puyallup faces three challengers so far, including one from within her own party, albeit a recent convert.

Ron Morehouse ran against her in the last election as a Republican. “The big problem was, I ran as a conservative Republican back in 2008 and even on Election Day I didn’t have the support of the party,” he told me.

A couple of unions asked him to run this year as a Democrat, the physician’s assistant said.

“I haven’t changed, and I believe that I’m going to pick up all the conservative votes, Republican and Democrats. And yes, there are conservative Democrats,” he said.

Republican Hans Zeiger, whom we noted Friday is in the race, will have a primary fight against Steve Vermillion.

Vermillion wants smaller government and lower taxes. The Puyallup resident said he saw state tax policy was “dysfunctional” while working for the Department of Revenue after retiring from the Army.

He said legislators “need to cut some of the fluff out of state government.”

Now he’s the operations manager for a specialty coffee company, and he has a consulting business that he said has been idled due to the recession.

The 25th District is among those that could be up for grabs in November. Read my Sunday story for a look at which swing-district Democrats could have a fight on their hands.

UPDATE: The commenter below is right to point out that with Washington’s top-two primary, there’s no guarantee that one Republican and one Democrat will advance. It’s a free-for-all.

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  1. derekyoung says:

    “The big problem was, I ran as a conservative Republican back in 2008 and even on Election Day I didn’t have the support of the party,”

    Now that’s a mavericky way to kick off a primary challenge to a Democratic incumbent.

  2. jimkingjr says:

    Uh- Top Two primary, Jordan- not R vs R and D vs D- top two of all four will advance to the general. Could be two R’s, or two D’s. No guarantees that anyone of a particular party will advance.

  3. derekyoung says:

    Good catch JKJ. I always forget about that.

  4. Jordan Schrader says:

    You’re right, of course. Good point.

  5. Remember not all Republicans are conservative and not all Democrats are liberal. We should be voting for the person that has proven ethics. Did you notice that Dawn voted for every tax they put in front of her and voted to cut health care for the most vulnerable children to give state employees a 6% pay raise?

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