GOAL ELECTION ALERT – 21 July 2013

GOAL ELECTION ALERT                                                         21 July 2013

THREE STATE SENATE RACES

ANGEL IN THE 26TH

ONE COUNTY COUNCIL RACE OF NOTE

DUNN FOR KING COUNTY COUNCIL

Tuesday, 6 August, is Primary Election Day in Washington.  These off-year elections primarily focus on local elections — county and city level elections as well as bodies such as water districts and the like.   For that reason there is no statewide ballot and many people will NOT receive any ballot.  GOAL generally does not comment on those elections because state preemption (RCW 9.41.290) limits almost all gun legislation to the state legislature.

This year we have three open Senate seats up for election or confirmation, based on vacancies as a result of the 2012 general election.  Two are in eastern Washington, in generally Republican districts, the 7th and 8th.

Senator John Smith (R), newly appointed to the 7th Legislative District, has drawn two primary opponents, both Republicans.  Senator Sharon Brown (R) of the 8th District also has drawn two Republican opponents.  In both cases, the top two in each election will advance to the general election in November.

The gun issue was muted in the Majority Coalition-controlled state senate during the last session.  For that reason GOAL is not making any recommendations in those primaries.

The most critical Senate race is in the 26th Legislative District, covering parts of Kitsap and Pierce counties.  In that race, appointed Senator Nathan Schlicher (D) is being challenged by Representative Jan Angel (R).  Schlicher is a physician with no history on the gun issue.  Jan Angel has a solid history of solid support of gun owners and gun rights.  For that reason GOAL is supporting Jan Angel; for Senate in the 26th District.

All we can say about the King County Executive’s race is that incumbent Dow Constantine had a solid ANTI-gun record while he was in the state legislature.

One exception to preemption is no-shooting zones, created by the County Councils/Commissions.  For the King County Council, Reagan Dunn (R) is running for reelection in the 9th County Council District (east side).  Dunn recently ran for Attorney General and was found best qualified by a number of newspapers and civic leaders.  Unfortunately the statewide electorate picked the other guy.

Dunn’s mother, former Congresswomen Jennifer Dunn, was with us on the gun issue and her son Reagan has followed her lead there.  Reagan Dunn is comfortably pro-gun, to the point he commented during his AG race about his AR-15.  Dunn has been with gun owners throughout his time with the County Council.

ELECT JAN ANGEL IN THE 26TH

ELECT REAGAN DUNN IN KING COUNTY

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