Another candidate is entering the race to represent the 30th District in south King County since State Rep. Priest announced he would leave the House of Representatives to run for Federal Way mayor.
Anthony Kalchik, a 54-year-old Federal Way real estate broker and spokesman for the area Slavic community, made his announcement on Saturday.
He ran unsuccessfully against incumbent Democrat Mark Miloscia for his 30th District seat as a Republican in 2006. Kalchik doesn’t name a party affliation in his current release.
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.
Jerry Galland, a resident of unincorporated King County who campaigned against a 2007 annexation by Federal Way, also recently announced his candidacy. He didn’t identity a political party.
Read Kalchik’s news released issued Saturday:
Federal Way, WA – Anthony Kalchik, a Federal Way real estate broker and spokesman for the Slavic Community has announced today that he will enter the race for 30th District State Representative to fill the open position, which was vacated by State Rep. Skip Priest (R-Federal Way) who served since 2002.
Kalchik, 54, decided to run because of the economic crises and the legislature’s continual cuts to education, recent tax increases and disregard for voters with the their repeal of I-960 . “For too long, the people of South King County have been ignored by Olympia and the Seattle elite,” Kalchik said. “It’s very unfortunate that state leaders once again are deliberately contradicting the best interests of the people and have voted once more to raise taxes and cut education. People simply cannot handle any more taxes, and enough is enough!” he added.
Anthony Kalchik first entered politics when he ran for the state legislature in 2006 and was endorsed by a variety of local leaders including Rep. Skip Priest, as well as Federal Way city council members Jim Ferrell and Linda Kochmar. Since then, he has been an active leader in the Federal Way community and is an advocate for the Puget Sound Slavic Community.
Another top priority for Kalchik is public safety protecting our most vulnerable including the elderly and children. With current crime rates increasing, public safety remains a top concern and is an issue that Kalchik feels is a priority. Upon the tragic death of 12-year old Zina Linnik, Anthony Kalchik partnered with Rep. Priest and other house and senate members to propose legislation making stricter punishments for child sex-offenders and was instrumental to the passage of any such legislation.
Anthony Kalchik is an independent voice and has sound judgment and character. He believes that the Legislature’s addiction to spending and lack of accountability is what got us in the mess we are in today. Growing up in a working class family, Kalchik is running to represent the interests of the constituents! “I will always take the side of citizens over any special interest and will choose people over political parties,” he added.
Being a small business owner Anthony knows that for this economy to rebound, government must eliminate wasteful spending, keep taxes under control and make education a top priority. “I think that people are growing tired of politicians with the same rhetoric from Olympia year after year,” he said. Because Kalchik built a career in the Real Estate industry he especially understands that during these times of bankruptcy, unemployment and economic turmoil, we simply cannot afford to continue increasing spending and taxes, “Let’s get Washington WORKING again!”
Anthony Kalchik is a founder of the Slavic Community in South King County and is involved in a variety of community events and organizations. Kalchik has lived and worked in Federal Way for about 20 years where he raised his family and is now a grandfather to seven. He owns and operates a Real Estate company in Federal Way and continues to be an advocate for the Slavic community. For more information, please contact Paul Kalchik at (206) 304-6555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.