Less brings Moore into senate race

Federal Way businessman Tony Moore, looking to unclog state government’s “gridlock,” will run for the 30th District’s state Senate seat.

Setting himself up for a possible showdown in this November’s general eelction with Sen. Tracey Eide, a Democrat seeking her second four-year term, Moore, a Republican in his first political campaign, said he advocates “schools that are more responsive to parents, moving transportation solutions onto a fast track, and stimulating the economy to create jobs.”

The transportation issue of “gridlock on the freeways” is analagous to how state government operates, he said.

“Almost every issue has been compromised and watered down to the point that the only way to get anything done is to write an initiative,” he said, adding that legislators have “a bad case of political paralysis. I know we can do more.”

Moore, 38, owner of Moore’s Tire, a tire wholesale and recycling business, is a member of the Federal Way Planning Commission. A resident of the city for 11 years and the Northwest for 24 years, his community involvement includes the Boys and Girls Clubs, Kiwanis, the Chamber of Commerce, Christ the King Bible Fellowship and YMCA youth sports leagues.

His wife, Trise, is chairwoman of the city’s Diversity Commission. They have two children.

Moore said he wants “to set an example” that people can successfully “build a family. You can live up to your dreams.”

The public isn’t getting the Legislature of its dreams, he asserted.

State lawmakers should be “more responsive to our concerns. They aren’t serving the voters’ best interest.”

To improve traffic congestion, he said more lanes are needed on Interstate 5 and roads should be developed to handle traffic from northeast Tacoma that impacts Federal Way.

On the campaign trail, “I’m going to be listening” to voters door-to-door, Moore vowed. “People have a lot of concerns about state government, and I want to make sure that they have a chance to be heard.”

No other candidates besides Moore and Eide have surfaced for the Senate post. If they run unopposed in the September primary election, they would meet in the November runoff.

Official candidate filing with the county elections office will be July 22-26.

Moore said he’s never met Eide but espects her commitment to public service.

“I’m not battling against her. We just have different philosophies” on government, including budget decisions, he said without elaborating.

Eide couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday on her first announced opponent for the office she won in 1998 by beating then-incumbent Ray Schow

In another 30th District race for the Legislature, Republican Jim Ferrell, who hopes to challenge Democratic Rep. Mark Miloscia, is planning his campaign kickoff for May 1 at 7:30 a.m. at the Federal Way Executel. Speakers for the event will include state Rep. Maryann Mitchell, King County Prosecuting Attorney Norm Maleng, and County Council members Pete Von Reichbauer and Reed Davis.

Editor Pat Jenkins can be reached at 925-5565 and

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