December 31, 2012
New: Dec. 31, 3:16 p.m.
Sammamish’s Republican state senators are poised to play key roles in budget and education issues in Olympia next year.
Sen. Steve Litzow, who represents the southern half of the city in the 41st District, and Sen. Andy Hill, who covers the rest of Sammamish in the 45th District, will be given plum committee chairmanships as part of a new majority coalition announced earlier this month. Read more
November 14, 2012
In the first race after redistricting earlier in the year, most Sammamish voters saw new names on their ballots.
The southern half of the city is now in the 41st District, while the northern half is in the 45th.
But the batch of new-to-Sammamish lawmakers all won re-election Nov. 6, with generally large margins of victory. Read more
October 17, 2012
Redistricting shifted the southern half of Sammamish into the 41st Legislative District, alongside Mercer Island, Newcastle and parts of Bellevue and Issaquah.
The contest to represent the affluent, suburban district in the state Senate is between Mercer Island residents Maureen Judge, a Democrat, and Steve Litzow, a Republican freshman senator. Read more
August 7, 2012
New: Aug. 7, 9:42 p.m.
In Sammamish’s only contested local election, state Rep. Roger Goodman (D) will face Republican Joel Hussey in the November election for the 45th Legislative District. Political newcomer Jacob Bond finished a distant third.
The newly drawn district includes the northern half of Sammamish, along with parts of Redmond and Kirkland. Goodman came late to the race, after withdrawing from a run for the 1st Congressional District, but he still carried the first round of ballots, released by King County Election Aug. 7. Read more
July 11, 2012
Nearly every candidate running for office in Sammamish’s legislative districts received good marks from the Municipal League of King County.
The league, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that promotes “open, effective and accountable” government, released its rankings of local legislative candidates last week. Read more
May 23, 2012
This fall’s election picture got a little clearer with the end of the official filing period for state and Congressional races May 18.
In the 45th District, which covers the north half of Sammamish, Democratic Rep. Roger Goodman has drawn two opponents in his search for a fourth term.
Joel Hussey, CEO of a Redmond-based aircraft leasing company, will run as a Republican.
Jacob Bond, a 27-year-old former U.S. Marine, has filed as a Democrat in his run against Goodman. Read more
May 2, 2012
Local legislators missed the most votes in the Legislature during the 2012 regular and special sessions.
The information, released April 24 in a report from the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization WashingtonVotes.org, ranks state Rep. Glenn Anderson at the top for both chambers, followed by state Sen. Cheryl Pflug and state Rep. Jay Rodne. Read more
April 25, 2012
State Sen. Steve Litzow, (R-41) a freshman from Mercer Island, attracted a challenger April 17 in the race for a full term.
As of November, Litzow will represent the southern half of Sammamish, along with the rest of the 41st District.
Democrat Maureen Judge, a Mercer Island resident and former Washington Toxics Coalition executive director, entered the race against Litzow. Read more
February 1, 2012
New: Feb. 1, 8:40 p.m.
The Washington State Senate approved a bill to allow same-sex marriages by a vote of 28-21. Sen. Andy Hill, a Republican representing the 45th district supported the measure. Hill had not publicly announced how he would vote.
Sens. Cheryl Pflug (R-5) and Steve Litzow (R-41) had both previously said they would support the measure, and both followed through. Read more
December 23, 2011
New: Dec. 23, 3:21 p.m.
Right-leaning Sammamish will be represented in the state legislature by more Democrats under a new legislative district map proposed by the Washington State Redistricting Commission Dec. 16.
The proposed map, which the commission is due to vote on before the end of the year, splits Sammamish roughly in half. The plan calls for the 45th District, which currently covers Kirkland, Redmond and Woodinville and the very north end of Sammamish, to drop down and cover the north half of the city. Read more