David Spring enters 5th District race

January 26, 2010

By J.B. Wogan

Another democrat has entered the race to unseat incumbent Glenn Anderson (R-5) for the November general election.
North Bend resident David Spring will challenge Anderson and fellow democrat Dean Willard. Spring lost to Anderson in the 2008 general election by 3.16 percentage points.
Spring is running on education reform.
“Our public schools … are among the lowest funded, most over-crowded school districts in America. This is not fair to our homeowners or school children,” he wrote in an e-mail.
Spring said the state Legislature had given too many tax breaks to major corporations while cutting public education funding.
“The Legislature has put the future of our children at risk just so mega millionaires can buy bigger boats,” he said.
Spring’s entrance into the race makes for a sticky decision for democrats in the 5th Legislative District. The party’s rules say that the party can vote to endorse both candidates, but they can only officially nominate one. The nomination vote is scheduled for Feb. 16.
For Willard, the nomination could be a deal breaker.
“I’ve made the promise to the 5th District democrats that if I’m not the Democratic nominee, I’ll withdraw from the race,” Willard said. “I think it is important … I think it’s an indicator of whether the rank in file in the party support the candidate.”
Spring’s candidacy does not hinge on the 5th District Democratic nomination.
“While I am hopeful that the 5th District democrats will nominate me, I intend to run regardless,” he wrote in an e-mail.
Willard said he thought competition between him and Spring might give the race more visibility and underline dissatisfaction with Anderson as the incumbent; still, he was wary of the negative impacts of two democrats splitting supporters and resources.
He added that he supported Spring’s 2008 campaign both financially and through volunteer hours.
Since the top-two primary system allows Spring and Willard to run with or without an official party nomination, it doesn’t have to affect whose name appears on the August primary ballot.
The impact would be in how nominations and endorsements influence canvassers and voters.
Spring has a master’s degree in education and more than 20 years of experience as a community college instructor.
Willard, a Sammamish resident, is a former T-Mobile executive who works as a technology management and information security consultant.
Anderson, a Fall City resident, has a bachelor’s degree in economics and 25 years of experience in banking and management consulting. Anderson has been in the state House of Representatives since 2000, winning the last five elections.
Reporter J.B. Wogan can be reached at 392-6434, ext. 247, or jbwogan@isspress.com.
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