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Priest’s open seat draws field of candidates

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on June 2, 2010 at 11:48 am with No Comments »
June 2, 2010 11:48 am

Rep. Skip Priest‘s state House seat is drawing a lot of interest.

At least five candidates have entered the race to represent the 30th District in south King County since Priest announced he would leave the House to run for Federal Way mayor.

Democrats Roger Flygare, CEO of a court reporting company, and Carol Gregory, who leads a Renton-based anti-poverty group, have registered campaigns with the Public Disclosure Commission. Two Republicans have registered, Milton Mayor Katrina Asay and Federal Way school board member Ed Barney.

Most recent to announce a run is Jerry Galland, a resident of unincorporated King County who campaigned against a 2007 annexation by Federal Way. Galland didn’t identify a political party in a news release announcing his candidacy.

Here’s Galland’s news release:

Galland for State Representative.

Jerry Galland, a long time grassroots community activist, has announced that he will run for the office vacated by Representative Skip Priest. Having heard too many concerns about raising taxes and attacking property rights, he considers this a turning point and call to action. It’s Time Things Changed!

The long held House of Representatives seat vacated by Skip will have a large number of contenders. The names and credentials of most of those running will be familiar because of their past political exposures. Galland asks that you look carefully at the track record of his opposition for ‘more of the same’ and ‘career politician’ mentality.

Galland feels strongly about the politics in Olympia, “I want to represent you in Olympia with your voice saying “It’s Time Things Changed!” We can and will control spending. But we need to remove from office, and stop electing, career politicians”.

Answering the call to public service, Jerry views this opportunity as an extension of his involvement as spokesman of the people and current community service.

Galland, a long time resident of unincorporated King County, has become more politically active and noticeable in the past few years. In 2007, he played a pivotal role in the attempt to annex what is referred to as the East Federal Way Annexation Area, helping to educate the voters on the realities of joining the city of Federal Way. The actions of his committee were instrumental in defeating the measure at the ballot, resulting in a 67% rejection vote.

Last year, continuing his actions as watchdog of big government and, he initiated and ran Referendum 72. R-72 would have returned to residents the right to vote on annexation taken away last year by the legislature in SB 5808. The referenda process was challenging and educational, however, they were not able to collect the required signatures to put the measure on the ballot.

Galland donated considerable personal time and personal money to both efforts, thereby affirming himself to supporting the interests of fellow voters and residents in the 30th district.

Though not a resident of Federal Way proper, Galland is a frequent visitor, has stayed informed of the politics, and is a recognizable figure at City Hall.  He remains vigilant of tax issues and property rights issues.

And he has a regular schedule donating blood, too, giving over 200 units of blood and blood products. Next time you are in the area, look for him at the Puget Sound Blood Center, located at 1414 S. 324th St Suite B101 Federal Way, WA 98003. If you don’t see him, please donate anyway. You too can save a life. http://www.psbc.org/programs/blood.htm

Jerry’s campaign website, www.GallandStateRepresentative.com will be functional soon.

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