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Rep. Glenn Anderson takes on Lt. Gov. Owen

Brad Shannon | The Olympian
Published January 06, 2012

Brad Shannon maintains the Politics blog. He is political editor at The Olympian and can be reached at 360-753-1688 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Republican state Rep. Glenn Anderson made it official. He’s running for lieutenant governor in a bid to break Democratic incumbent Brad Owen’s four-term hold on the office.

Republican Bill Finkbeiner, who is a former Senate majority leader from Kirkland, announced last month he is running. Also in the race is a less-well-known Party of Commons candidate, Clifford Mark Greene of Bellevue.

In his announcement, Anderson asks: “The current Lieutenant Governor has now served 16 consecutive years, and is seeking re-election to a fifth term. What will the citizens of the state get in the next four years that they failed to achieve in the last 16 from the incumbent?”

And the Fall City resident goes on to say:

The Glenn Anderson 2012 campaign will focus on re-energizing the Lieutenant Governor’s office as a force for thoughtful independent thinking and advocacy in solving the problems facing our state. “When travelling around our state the number-one concern I hear from citizens is their frustration. They say ‘How do we restart our future and what are we trying to achieve?’ In this economy, we all struggle with economic and personal challenges. I’m going to try to change that,” Says Anderson. “That means really challenging Olympia to break the business-as-usual attitude. But it also means challenging voters on what it takes to deliver a prosperous future. Are we going to build and own our future? Or, will we merely allow Olympia to argue as it just happens?”

Finkbeiner also took a mild shot at Owen last month and said he would bring more bipartisanship to the Senate, including possible mediation between the Democrats and Republicans on thorny issues.

So far, Owen is the only one reporting campaign contributions. Data at the state Public Disclosure Commission show he has raised at least $41,451. Like Anderson and all other legislators and statewide elected officials, Owen is barred from raising funds while the Legislature is in session.

Owen was quick to defend his record when I caught up with him by this afternoon. Owen said he thinks his two Republican challengers are “great guys” and he thinks their campaigns give him a new chance to remind the public of the work he’s done:

“We’ve created a position that has done more than any lieutenant governor in the history of the state of Washington. We have an office highly respected for its work in the international community … [and] highly respected in the legislative process as impartial,’’ Owen said. “What we will continue to do in the next four years is build on what I believe is an exceptional record for this office. Are they going to be more bipartisan, more fair, more impartial? … I don’t think they can be.”

Anderson’s campaign bio is here and his announcement is here. Here is another excerpt from the announcement:

Anderson’s 2012 campaign for Lieutenant Governor will emphasize four major themes:

1.) Enabling individual prosperity and aggressively encouraging the creation of new, family-wage, private sector jobs.

2.) Investing in our children’s future and assuring that our K-12 schools, colleges and universities are adequately funded -- and held accountable for results.

3.) Rebuilding our social services safety net to assure it provides a hand-up to opportunity and achievement while honoring human dignity, not dependency, on government.

4.) Demanding state government live within the taxpayers’ means to provide essential services. Glenn is recognized by both Republicans and Democrats as a fiercely independent thinker, good listener, problem-solver and, in particular, someone who can’t be bought or bullied. He is recognized as a statewide leader on K-12 and higher education performance and reforms, as well as state budget issues.



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