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Bruce Dammeier running for Jim Kastama’s Senate seat

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on June 22, 2011 at 5:00 am with 9 Comments »
June 21, 2011 11:07 pm

Just one day after state Sen. Jim Kastama announced he’s likely to run for secretary of state, a contender for his Senate seat emerged.

Rep. Bruce Dammeier threw his hat in the ring Tuesday evening at a meeting of 25th Legislative District Republicans.

Now there are likely to be two 2012 campaigns for open seats in the district, with Dammeier’s House position up for grabs as well.

Kastama is a Democrat, and Dammeier is a Republican, but both Puyallup men represent a district that is divided right down the middle politically. Of course, that could change with the upcoming redrawing of district lines.

Dammeier has served just three years in the House, and has moved up in the minority Republican ranks quickly to a position with influence over education spending. But he said he was thinking about a run even before Kastama’s announcement, which came in anticipation of Secretary of State Sam Reed‘s possible  retirement.

The Senate is enticing in part because the GOP minority is larger and more influential there. That also puts Republicans in a better position to try to take over the Senate in 2012 than the House.

Dammeier told me:

For the Senate, I think there’s more opportunity for bipartisan cooperation, and there’s more opportunity for Republicans to gain the majority. We have the chance to kind of break one party rule.

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  1. truthbusterguy says:

    Bruce is a great guy and has served his district with honor and respect. He deserves a seat at the senate table. He is a true leader and I thank him for his service.

    He is also a good shot on the trap range.

  2. Bruce is what a politician should be: Fair, Honest, Equitable, and True to his word. A great leader with a proven record of public service that actually served the public.

  3. Go Bruce!

  4. Oh my. Bruce Dammeir is not nice, fair or equitable. He is a bombastic idealogue who preens for special interests and can’t be bothered with facts and figures.

    One example: As a non-voting member of the State Building Code Council, Dammier has made it his goal to block requirements that new buildings meet cost effective energy efficiency standards. If he had succeeded, new houses being built in Pierce County and the rest of the state would be stuck with unnecessarily high energy bills for years – to say nothing of being less comfortable to live in. (Note that all 15 voting members of the Building Code Council rejected his arguments and unanimously adopted the State Energy Code.)

    And, he would have you believe that the building industry slump is due entirely to the energy code.

    His record is not a good one for the environment or for our economy.

  5. jimkingjr says:

    Get the facts straight on the Building Code Council. The new energy code is the only rule in the state code where the legislative committee that oversees rules entered a formal finding that the rules process was insufficient in evaluating the economic impact. Bruce worked against unnecessary and cost-INeffective rules whose only benewficiary is the utilities- they who didn’t have to lay-off any employees during the Freat Recession and continue to raise rates in excess of inflation. Bruce Dammeier has consistently stood up for small business and common folk- just as Jim Kastama has. Bruce would be a worthy successor.

  6. CrazyJim says:

    Who’s going to take Zeiger by the hand and lead him around now?

  7. I’d sooner vote for Bruce Dammeier for governor than Rob McKenna. Smarter and truthier.

  8. Good for Bruce. I hope he wins. He actually conducts conference calls in his area and lets us ask questions and give our opinions. As a tax payer I appreciate that. No other person has called me to ask what I think . You go Bruce . You’ve got 4 votes here!

  9. vrumvrum says:

    Jim Kastama never did anything for me. He backsided me when he introduced a “bill” that would have helped me in my water utility dealings with Puyallup. I wasted all kinds of time for his dog and pony show.

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