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Tag: Troy Kelley


Watkins in 1st, Kelley leads Democrats for state auditor

Rep. Troy Kelley leads a trio of Democratic lawmakers in early returns tonight in the race to succeed State Auditor Brian Sonntag.

The sole Republican, James Watkins of Redmond, has the overall lead as expected with 46 percent, followed by Kelley with 24 percent — threatening elimination for Vancouver Sen. Craig Pridemore (not far behind at 20 percent) and Federal Way Rep. Mark Miloscia (10 percent). All three are giving up their seats to run for auditor.

The top two vote-getters advance to the Nov. 6 general election.

Kelley, a Tacoma business owner, chipped in $240,000 of his own money and spent it

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Troy Kelley leads in money; rivals complain about his ad, but no objection from Sonntag

Financial disclosures out this week show Troy Kelley has jumped to the front of the pack of candidates for state auditor, at least in terms of money. The state representative from Tacoma now leads in campaign receipts –thanks to an infusion of $78,000 of personal cash — and in spending, some of which is paying for an ad running now on cable TV.

The commercial touts some favorable words from the current state auditor.

“Retiring State Auditor Brian Sonntag says, ‘He’s the independent voice we need.’” it says.

What some viewers might miss is a date in small print in the

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UPDATE: State Senate candidate Eric Choiniere switches to House race

UPDATE 4 p.m.: Choiniere’s campaign e-mailed me to say its original news release was in error and Kelley had “not yet” endorsed him. But Kelley told me by text the original news release WAS correct; however, he said, he has “not yet” endorsed Choiniere. He’s been busy traveling around the state.

Huh? A closer look at the release: It refers to a SENATE, not a House endorsement. “Representative Kelley endorsed Choiniere for his State Senate campaign and encouraged him to run newly open seat.” (sic)


The University Place city councilman is now seeking the seat opened by 

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UPDATE: Malcolm Russell announces campaign for 28th District House (but not necessarily the suddenly open seat)

UPDATE _ Malcolm Russell’s campaign adviser Alex Hays says he may not run for the open seat but might file against Democratic incumbent Tami Green.

“The release from Malcolm did not specify a seat – deliberately.

“Paul Wageman may move over to the open seat (he has yet to decide) and if he does, Malcolm will run against Tami.”

Here is the original post…

A Pierce County planning commissioner today became the first candidate to respond to this week’s surprising news that Troy Kelley would run for state Auditor.

Malcolm Russell of Lakewood announced that he would seek the seat in the Washington House of Representatives that Kelley will vacate. That is position No. 1 from the 28th Legislative District.

Russell will run as a Republican.

Malcolm Russell

“The recent special session shows us how dysfunctional the majority Democrats have become, unable to adopt reasonable reforms and balance a state budget,” Russell said in an announcement Friday. “Olympia is broken and our only hope of repairing state government is to elect centrist leaders willing to make tough decisions.”

Russell said his priorities will be public education, government reform and promoting local job creation.

“We deserve a well-run, efficient government that is more innovative and spends tax dollars wisely,” said Russell.

Russell is a member of the Lakewood Public Safety Advisory Board, is the chair of the Pierce County Planning Commission and the new president of Keep Lakewood Beautiful. He previously served on the Tacoma Planning Commission.

Russell’s great grandfather is architect Ambrose Russell, his grandfather is Admiral James Russell (USN) and his father his Captain Ken Russell (USN).

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How Pierce County lawmakers plan to vote on gay marriage

With the first vote on same-sex marriage coming as early as next week, all Pierce County senators have staked out their positions. Among the county’s representatives in the House — where the outcome is not in question — just two votes are truly up in the air: Tacoma Democrats Troy Kelley and Steve Kirby.

Both backed an expansion of domestic partnerships in 2009, but neither is committed on this vote.

Kelley didn’t return phone calls Friday, after saying Thursday he couldn’t talk while driving in the foul weather.

Kirby said the issue’s divisiveness is the main source of his reservations.

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Republicans lose procedural showdown on worker’s comp

Republicans are disappointed, conservative Democrats are steaming and prospects for a deal on worker’s compensation have dimmed further — all because of the failure today of a procedural vote.

A moment’s pause here for the substance of the debate: SB 5566 has passed the Senate and would allow what opponents in labor call “compromise and release” or what supporters in business call “voluntary settlements.” Whatever the name, they would save money for the state’s worker’s-comp system by allowing injured workers and their employers to resolve their claims with lump-sum settlements.

The debate is over whether workers would be pressured into settlements, but that substance didn’t come up for debate on the House floor today. Instead Republicans, frustrated that Labor Committee Chairman Mike Sells refuses to allow a vote on the bill, made a procedural motion that would have allowed them to pull the bill directly to the floor. Some are calling it the “nuclear option.”

The motion failed on a nearly party-line vote, 54-43. Read more »


House next up for Moxie Media-inspired campaign finance bill

The bill, approved earlier today in the Senate, now goes to the House, where a separate bill to crack down on PACs – HB 1732 – was introduced by Democratic Rep. Troy Kelley of Tacoma.

Kelley has been working with Pridemore and said he sees the two bills as similar. The House now is likely to make amendments to Pridemore’s bill rather than pass Kelley’s version, he said.

Kelley complains that he was attacked during several of his campaigns in mailers that he believed violated disclosure rules. But the PDC told him that even if he proved the

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Environmentalists sort out ‘champions’ from ‘duds’

An environmental group praises Reps. Skip Priest and Geoff Simpson as “champions” while singling out Reps. Christopher Hurst and Troy Kelley and Sen. Tim Sheldon as “green duds.”

Washington Conservation Voters released its scorecard today, ranking each legislator on their environmental votes in 2009 and 2010 on a scale of 0-100.

South Sound legislators Hurst, Kelley and Sheldon are among five Democrats — the others are Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen and Rep. Tim Probst — who come in for criticism.

Hurst’s and Kelley’s votes in this year’s special session to put energy-efficient upgrades of schools on the ballot weren’t enough to save them from the group’s ire. The Conservation Voters website says Hurst and Kelley earned low 44 percent ratings when they “voted against clean water, against the protection of our shorelines, against energy efficient televisions, and against transit for Pierce County.” They call Hurst’s record “shameful” and “likely (to) backfire on him in the near future” and say Kelley is “severely out of step with both his party and his constituents.”

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