Republican files for 45th LD State Senate

Ken Smith, the first Republican to seek the State Senate seat this year for the 45th Legislative District. The northern half of Sammamish is in the 45th.

The first Republican filed today for State Senator for the 45th Legislative District, which includes the northern half of Sammamish.

Ken A. Smith, who until today was a member of the Northshore School Board, moved to Duvall in order to run in the 45th. The Northshore Board included Woodinville, although Smith lived in Kenmore, another suburb that’s in the Northshore District.

Smith, who describes himself as a moderate, joins two Democrats and an Independent who already declared for the 45th seat, now held by interim State Senator Dino Rossi. Rossi was appointed to the seat when incumbent Republican Andy Hill died last year.

Smith’s previous website for his School Board elections is here.

Smith is an accounting professor at Central Washington University (CWU). CWU just signed a lease with the City of Sammamish to rent the former Mars Hill Church to bring higher education to the Plateau for the first time. Accounting classes will be part of the curriculum.

Smith told The Comment that education will be a major focus of his campaign for the 45th. The Legislature continues to try and resolve statewide school funding shortfalls under orders from the State Supreme Court in the so-called McCleary decision.

The November election, a special election for this State Senate position, is to fill the seat until the next general election in November 2018.

Democrats Manka Dhingra, an assistant prosecutor with King County, and Ian Stratton, plus Independent Robert Harris previously filed for seat.

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