Brendan Woodward makes run in 45th
June 4, 2014
By Ari Cetron
New: June 4, 12:18 p.m.
Brendan Woodward is running to give voters an option. The first-time candidate from Woodinville is challenging longtime state Rep. Larry Springer (D) for a seat representing the 45th district in the Legislature.
“I want to give voters an option,” said Woodward, who is running as a Republican.
The district covers the northern half of Sammamish and stretches across Redmond, Kirkland and Woodinville.
Woodward, 30, said he has tremendous respect for Springer’s career of public service, and wants to run a positive campaign. In broad terms, he described the differences between them simply.
“I would default toward smaller government and less of it. He would use government to solve problems more than I think they should,” Woodward said.
He hadn’t actually planned to run, but another candidate withdrew at the last minute. He said state Sen. Andy Hill (R-45) contacted him and Woodward filed for his run a few hours before the deadline.
Woodward grew up on the Eastside before attending Wheaton College in the Chicago area. He served in the Marine Corps and came off of active duty in December. He holds the rank of 2nd Lt. in the Marine Reserves. He’s single and does not have children.
Since leaving the corps, he’s been starting a business manufacturing the fluid that goes into e-cigarettes, though he’s not a smoker himself.
While this is his first run, Woodward has been active in Republican politics for years, helping support the candidacy of people like Dino Rossi and John McCain.
When he gets free time, he heads outdoors, and protecting the environment is an issue he cares about.
“It’s something that helps the next generation, to protect the environment, but it also helps people now,” Woodward said.
In general, he said that he would support market-based solutions to environmental issues. Cap-and-trade was high on his list of options. Under cap-and trade, regulators set a certain amount of pollution overall which can be released (the cap), and companies buy credits to allow them to release the pollutants. Those credits can be sold like any other commodity (the trade).
Although most often cited as a way of curbing air pollution, Woodward said the same principal could be applied to other issues, such as water.
He said he’d like to see work done to help traffic in the region, but acknowledged he’s still getting up to speed on all the issues and potential solutions.
Woodward said he also would like to see better funding for the state’s colleges and universities, which he said have too often been used as a bargaining chip during budget negotiations.
“Our economy needs good, attractive higher education options,” he said. “Those dollars have a good return on investment for us.”
He could not specify where the extra funding would come from. He suggested it could be taken from the “bureaucracy of other state agencies” but did not identify which agencies.
As the campaign goes on, Woodward said he will learn more about the details of many of the issues.
“I’m a rookie candidate,” he said. “I’m learning as much as I can as fast as I can.”