Elections

Auburn Area Chamber endorses candidates

The Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recently voted to endorse candidates in the 30th, 31st, and 47th Legislative District races and in the King County Sheriff's race, not just on position, but on individual candidate qualifications.

The chamber invited all candidates running for the positions to participate in their interview process. Each candidate who participated completed a pre-interview questionnaire and scheduled a private interview with the Chamber's Government Affairs Candidate Interview Task Force.

"Our Government Affairs focus is on relationship building with the candidates, ensuring they understand our key business issues, and asking for them to include us in their decision making processes," said Nancy E. Wyatt, president & COO of the Chamber. "This approach leads to decisions that are more balanced and help to improve the economic vitality of our business community."

The Chamber voted to approve the following endorsements:

Endorsed highly qualified (Candidate satisfies all the criteria to earn an endorsement and. in addition, truly holds a very strong understanding of the key business issues.)

• Katrina Asay, 30th Legislative District, position 2

• Cathy Dahlquist, 31st Legislative District, position 1

• Mark Hargrove, 47th Legislative District, position 1

• Christopher Hurst, 31st Legislative District, position 2

• Linda Kochmar, 30th Legislative District, position 1

• Tony Moore, 30th Legislative District, position 1

• Steve Strachan, King County Sheriff

• Pat Sullivan, 47th Legislative District, position 2

• John Urquhart, King County Sheriff

Endorsed qualified (Candidate satisfies criteria to earn an endorsement, but their knowledge of all the key business issues needs the Chamber's assistance to improve.)

• Lisa Connors, 31st Legislative District, position 2

• Roger Flygare, 30th Legislative District, position 1

• Brian Gunn, 31st Legislative District, position 1

• Andy Massagli, 47th Legislative District, position 2

• Bud Sizemore, 47th Legislative District, position 1

Not endorsed (Candidate does not satisfy enough of the criteria to earn an endorsement.)

• Rick Hoffman, 30th Legislative District, position 2

Candidates invited to participate but chose not to:

• Roger Freeman, 30th Legislative District, position 2

• Jerry Galland, 30th Legislative District, position 1

• Thom Macfarlane, 30th Legislative District, position 1

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