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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 7, 2010

Candidates forum on Oct. 13

Candidates running for seats in the State Legislature, representing the 41 and 48th districts, will participate in a forum at City Hall, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13.

Hosted by the Bellevue Downtown Association and Sound Publishing, the forum will feature the 12 candidates, six in each district, vying for the Senate and House of Representatives in the general election in November. Questions will explore many issues facing lawmakers in Olympia and voters here, such as the economy, education, taxes, transportation and the ballot initiatives.

Two panels comprised of editors and reporters from Sound Publishing's Bellevue Reporter, Mercer Island Reporter, Kirkland Reporter and Redmond
Reporter will pose questions and lead the discussion in each district session. Audience questions will be taken in each session. 

Admission to the forum is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, and the BDA requests advance registration online or by phone at 425-453-1223.

Parts of Bellevue are in both the 41st and 48th legislative districts.  The 41st District also includes Mercer Island, Newcastle and parts of Renton and Issaquah.  Legislators for the 48th District also serve Medina, Clyde Hill, Hunts Point, Yarrow Point and parts of Kirkland and Redmond. Legislative Districts 

Session 1: 41st District Candidates - 7 to 8 p.m. (asterisk denotes the incumbent)

State Senator (unexpired two-year term)

  • Randy Gordon (D)*
  • Steve Litzow (R)

State Representative Pos. 1

  • Peter Dunbar (R)
  • Marcie Maxwell (D)*

State Representative Pos. 2

  • Judy Clibborn (D)*
  • Stephen Strader (R)

41st District Moderator Panel:
Mary Grady, editor, Mercer Island Reporter
Craig Groshart, editor, Bellevue Reporter
Nat Levy, reporter, Bellevue Reporter

Session 2: 48th District - 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. 

State Senator

  • Gregg Bennett (R)
  • Rodney Tom (D)*

State Representative Pos. 1

  • Ross Hunter (D)*
  • Diane Tebelius (R)

State Representative Pos. 2

  • Deb Eddy (D)*
  • Philip Wilson (R)

48th District Moderator Panel:
Craig Groshart, editor, Bellevue Reporter
Bill Christianson, editor, Redmond Reporter
Carrie Wood, editor, Kirkland Reporter

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