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Appleton to challenge Woods for seat
Although fall elections are six months away, the pairings are already falling into place as Kitsap Countys incumbent legislators have all announced plans to seek re-election and each has drawn one major-party opponent.
The fight cards were completed early this week when former Poulsbo city council member Sherry Appleton announced that she would take on Rep. Bevery Woods, (R-Poulsbo) for one of the two seats in the state House of Representatives from the 23d Legislative District, which includes all of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap County.
My basic concern was the lack of response from the legislature to the serious issues weve got, said Appleton. I thought the time was right.
Appleton was a Poulsbo council member from 1985 to 1993. She ran for mayor of Poulsbo last year, but failed by five votes to survive the primary election.
She has been working as a contract lobbyist for a number of clients, including the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the League of Women Voters of Washington, the American Association of University Women and the Amalgamated Transit Union.
Woods, who announced her candidacy for re-election last month, was originally appointed to the Legislature in 1999 to succeed Karen Schmidt, the Bainbridge Island Republican who resigned to head the states Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board. In 2000, Woods narrowly defeated David Harrison of Bainbridge Island to hold the seat.
While Harrison said after that election that he might make another race. He said this week that his present job as senior policy analyst to United States Sen. Maria Cantwell changed his mind.
There is an opportunity to have a real impact here, particularly in the economic development area, Harrison said.
Rep. Phil Rockefeller, (D-Bainbridge Island), formally confirmed his generally expected intention to seek a third term in the state House. He is being challenged by Bremerton businessman Don Large.
Calling transportation the major issue, Rockefeller said he thinks the
campaign will be closely linked to public debates over the $8.5 billion
transportation-improvement package that will also be on the November ballot.
I will be campaigning for that as a private citizen, he said. I hope
voters will ask the candidates where they stand on that measure, and if they
dont support it what their solutions are, he said.
Large is skeptical of that measure, saying that money presently dedicated to
transportation must be spent more efficiently. Rockefeller rejects that
People who say we can solve all our problems with efficiencies are blowing
smoke, he said. We have taken a number of steps intended to insure we get
the best possible value for our dollars, but we cant save enough that way.
If we really want to improve our transportation system, we have to pay for
it, he said.
On the federal level, former state representative Joe Marine of Mukilteo
will tackle well-financed incumbent Jay Inslee, (D-Bainbridge Island), in
Washingtons First Congressional District.
Its time for a change, said Marine, a 39-year-old insurance agent. The
number one issue will be the economy. The rest of the country is picking up,
but were still lagging behind in Washington.
Marine was critical of what he claimed was Inslees vote against a bill that
would have expanded presidential authority in the area of international
With two out of five jobs in Washington depending on trade, we need to do
everything we can to encourage that, Marine said.
Marine was a Mukilteo city council member in 2000 when he was appointed to
the state House of Representatives to fill an unexpired term. It was
Marines defeat in November of 2001 that gave the Democrats a razor-thin
50-48 majority in the states lower chamber.
It will be Inslees third race in the First District, which includes
portions of Snohomish and northern and eastern King counties, Bainbridge
Island and North Kitsap County. Inslee narrowly defeated two-term incumbent
Rick White in 1996, then decisively beat state senate majority leader Dan
MacDonald in 2001.
Inslee had previously represented the Fourth District in Central Washington
for one term.
Marine said there were no other Republican contenders vying for the
opportunity to face Inslee, nor does he expect another one to emerge.
Its really too late to get started now, he said.
He acknowledges that he faces a formidable challenge. According to reports
on file with the Federal Elections Commission, Marine had raised $19,000
through March 31, and had under $15,000 on hand on that date. Inslee, by
contrast, had raised over $600,000, and had over $500,000 available on March
Do I wish that I had more money and he had less? Of course, said Marine.
But at the end of the day its not about how much money you raise, but how
many votes you get. Well just have to find another way to get our message