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Tag: Janis Gbalah


Ben Lawver runs for open 29th district House seat

The field of Democrats hoping to replace Connie Ladenburg in the Legislature is growing. Ben Lawver announced today he is running for the 29th district House seat representing South Tacoma, east Lakewood, Parkland and Spanaway.

Lawver is a labor leader who works for the AFL-CIO as a senior field representative for Washington, Oregon and Alaska. His last job was the political director for the Washington State Labor Council.

Soon after Ladenburg announced she would leave her seat behind to run for Pierce County Council, Democrat David Sawyer announced he would run for her seat. Sawyer, a clerk at John Ladenburg‘s law firm, and

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Gbalah announces she’ll run for 29th District House seat

Tacoma activist  and Democrat Janis Gbalah has announced she is running for the legislature.

Gbalah, who founded the non-profit Safe Homes organization and has worked at an advocate for women veterans, is vying for the 29th District Position 1 House seat representing  South Tacoma, Parkland and parts of Lakewood and University Place.  She last ran for the legislature in 2010 while living on the Hilltop, in the 27th District.

The 29th District seat comes open after first-term Democrat Connie Ladenburg announced in November she’d vacate the seat to make a run for the Pierce County Council.  Ladenburg faces Pierce County Planning Commissioner and Tacoma Democrat Sharon Benson and University Place City Councilman Chris Nye, a Republican, for the county’s District 4 now held by term-limited Tim Farrell.

Shortly after Ladenburg made her campaign intentions public, David Sawyer, a law clerk working for her husband,  announced he’d make a run for her House seat.  Sawyer has formally filed his candidacy paperwork with the state’s Public Disclosure Commission.  Gbalah had not done so as of this morning, according to the PDC’s website.

In the 2010 primary, Gbalah ran fifth among 5 candidates vying for the 27th district seat vacated by Dennis Flannigan in a race eventually won by Laurie Jinkins.

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Health official running for Flannigan’s seat

A public-health official and community activist has joined the crowded field seeking Rep. Dennis Flannigan‘s seat.

Democrat Laurie Jinkins announced her bid today to replace the retiring 27th District House member. She’s touting endorsements from the district’s other representative, Jeannie Darneille, and a number of other political notables.

Jinkins is deputy director of the Pierce County Health Department. She said if elected she would be the first openly lesbian politician elected to state office in Washington history.

Others running include Tacoma City Councilman Jake Fey, Hilltop activist Janis Gbalah, North End attorney Ken Nichols and Eastside Tacoma resident Dale Woodard.

After the jump, Jinkins’s press release:

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