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Tag: Carol Gregory

Nov.
9th

Carol Gregory vs. Katrina Asay: Surprisingly, still a race to watch

The Republicans have picked up seats in the Legislature, but haven’t lived up to their Election Night predictions that they would take over one chamber of the Legislature and make dramatic gains in the other.

Democrats have gained in post-Election Night vote counting, and no area shows that better than the 30th Legislative District.

Not only has Sen. Tracey Eide pulled away from her challenger, Tony Moore, after leading by less than 300 votes in the first release of vote counts, but a race that seemed all but sewn up has tightened. Republican Katrina Asay now leads Democrat Carol

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Oct.
12th

Get ready for more independent spending in legislative races

It looks like labor-backed candidates in key legislative races are about to get some help.

In the past two weeks, unions have given more than $450,000 to political action committees set up by a campaign consultant, Moxie Media, that has run independent campaigns on behalf of labor-supported candidates. The consultant has come under scrutiny for its tactics in a successful effort to unseat a moderate Democrat.

In campaign disclosures, each Moxie PAC has identified a target to support or oppose. All of them are backing Democrats with two notable exceptions:

  • The PAC called For the People backs maverick Republican Rep. Tom Campbell in Pierce and Thurston counties’ 2nd District, and opposes J.T. Wilcox, another Republican with more support from his party’s establishment. Labor groups just gave another $45,000 to the PAC called 2nd Defense, which then forwarded $52,000 to For the People. The use of multiple, layered PACs allows the groups to send out mailers that don’t list the names of the unions that paid for them, as they did in the primary.
  • A PAC called Stand for Citizens opposes a moderate Democrat, Snohomish County Sen. Steve Hobbs. Hobbs survived unions’ attempt to bring him down in the primary, but they don’t appear to be giving up, even though he’s now facing a Republican, former Sen. Dave Schmidt. The unions have put another $25,500 into Stand for Citizens in recent weeks.

Groups giving to the races include the State Labor Council’s DIME PAC, the Service Employees International Union, SEIU locals 1199 and 775, Teamsters Local 117, Washington Federation of State Employees, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21, the Washington State Council of Firefighters and the Public School Employees of Washington. There are a couple of donations in the mix from nonunion, liberal groups Fuse and Washington Conservation Voters.

None of the PACs have reported any spending since the primary election, and money tends to migrate between Moxie’s PACs, so it’s hard to know for sure who the money will benefit. But with those caveats, here’s where the groups have given their money since Sept. 30:

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June
2nd

Priest’s open seat draws field of candidates

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:

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