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Tag: John Ladenburg


Supreme Court’s Chambers to retire; Bruce Hilyer joins Ladenburg in race

Supreme Court Justice Tom Chambers will step down at the end of his term this year, opening the door for John Ladenburg and at least one rival.

King County Superior Court Judge Bruce Hilyer announced today he would seek Chambers’s seat. He and Ladenburg have formed committees to raise campaign money, which they can legally begin Sunday.

A third potential candidate is considering running: former Justice Richard Sanders, who lost his seat in a squeaker in 2010.

Chambers, 68, said Thursday he would not run for a third term.

Hilyer auditioned for the job just vacated by retiring Justice Gerry Alexander,

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John Ladenburg drops out of Attorney General race, will instead run for state Supreme Court

He hasn’t seemed all that excited about the attorney general race lately and this must be why.

While he had filed with the Public Disclosure Commission and said he was thinking about a campaign he has made twice before, former Pierce County Prosecutor John Ladenburg said he will shift instead to the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court candidate John Ladenburg (campaign photo)

He did not say which seat on the court he might pursue but a spokesman said he would not file against anincumbent and expects there to be vacancies next year. At least one will be the seat now held by Justice Gerry Alexander who must retire this year when he reached the age of 75. Gov. Chris Gregoire can appoint a replacement but that person would have to run in 2012.

The other two justices with terms expiring next year are Tom Chambers and Susan Owens.

The attorney general’s office will be open next year because incumbent Rob McKenna will instead run for governor. The two announced candidates to replace him are two members of the King County Council, Republican Reagan Dunn and Democrat Bob Ferguson. McKenna ran for the office while on the King County council as well.

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John Ladenburg exploring attorney general bid

Former Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg may make another run for attorney general.

Republican Rob McKenna beat out Democrat Ladenburg for the job in 2008, but in 2012 McKenna is widely expected to run for governor, and potential successors are already jockeying for position. Democratic King County Councilman Bob Ferguson recently announced he would run.

Today Ladenburg, the former Pierce County prosecutor and executive, announced he has filed paperwork to form an exploratory committee. He called it “the first step evaluating a potential run.”

He has set up a website, ladenburg.org, and put out a news release:

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UPDATED: Ladenburg exploring run for AG’s office in 2012?

UPDATE — 12:20 p.m.

Earlier today, I sent in part the following email to Ladenburg:

I saw a recent post on the Red County blog that you’re exploring a run for the state AG’s office in 2012.

Any truth to the rumors?

Here’s his full response:

This is all news to me. I have formed no committee and have no plans to do so.

Original post:

According to the conservative blog Red County, former Pierce County prosecutor and executive John Ladenburg is exploring a run for the state Attorney General’s Office in 2012.

Attributing “sources close to

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Heavyweights on the undercard

To find the biggest names in Pierce County politics, you have to go down this year’s ballot — way down.

Rosa Franklin and John Ladenburg were supposed to be on the sidelines this year. But they apparently couldn’t stay away from politics: They’re running for Democratic precinct committee officer in their South End Tacoma home precinct, 29-517.

PCO, the rank-and-file job of party politics, won’t bring the kind of influence Ladenburg is used to as former Pierce County executive, or that Franklin has as a longtime state senator and president pro tem of the Senate, a job she’s leaving this

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Ladenburgs re-emerge: Power couple starts lobbying firm

This will be of big interest to Pierce County politics watchers. Former County Executive John Ladenburg and his wife, former Tacoma City Councilwoman Connie Ladenburg are setting up shop as a downtown government affairs firm offering “direct lobbying, grassroots lobbying and non-profit advocacy.” Staying with the family theme, they will be affiliated with their sons’ law firm. (No they are not calling it “Ladenburg, Ladenburg, Ladenburg and Ladenburg,” it’s Ladenburg Law: Governmental Affairs.)

The power couple has been out of power after being term-limited from their posts. After an unsuccessful run for state attorney general, speculation was that John might be up for a Obama Administration regional appointment and that Connie might be appointed to a two-year vacancy on the City Council. Most recently, John emerged as COO of the Cascadia mega-development. He’ll continue in that role, according to the release below.

For Immediate Release: February 3, 2010
Contact: John Ladenburg (253) 241-1311

Ladenburgs Open Governmental Affairs Firm
Firm will be called Ladenburg Law: Governmental Affairs and offer services in direct lobbying, grassroots lobbying and non-profit advocacy

Tacoma—Connie Ladenburg, former two-term Tacoma City Councilmember along with her husband John Ladenburg, former 14 year prosecutor and 8 year Executive of Pierce County are opening a governmental affairs firm strategically affiliated with their sons’ (Erik Ladenburg and John Ladenburg Jr.) law firm, Ladenburg Law, located in downtown Tacoma. “After giving 35 years of public service to Tacoma and to Pierce County we are offering our expertise to profit and non-profit organizations and causes that we believe in,” stated John Ladenburg.

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Ladenburg: Cascadia “too big to fail”

In case you missed it, former Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg was in court Tuesday in his new capacity as chief operating officer for Cascadia, the troubled Bonney Lake housing development.

The company is fighting in bankruptcy court to prevent the liquidation of its assets. Cascadia has defaulted on a $75.6 million loan from the bank.

According to today’s story by reporter Mike Archbold, Ladenburg told the court that Cascadia is “too big and too important to Pierce County to be allowed to fail.” County economic development director Denise Dyer offered similar testimony.

Read Mike’s story here.