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2012 candidates for 30th District state rep. | ELECTION
The filing deadline has officially passed for the 2012 primary and general elections.
Below is a list of candidates for District 30 state representative (both positions), along with dates for candidate debates in Federal Way.
Any race contested by more than two candidates will go to the primary election ballot on Aug. 7, 2012. The top two finishers will move on to the Nov. 6 general election ballot.
District 30 State Rep., position 1
Several candidates in Federal Way have thrown their hats in the ring for both state House of Representative positions in 2012. This position is held by Democrat Mark Miloscia, who is forgoing re-election to the Legislature in order to run for state auditor in 2012. Miloscia was first elected to the state House in 1998.
Candidates who have filed to run for Miloscia's seat:
• Linda Kochmar, a Republican: Kochmar has served on the Federal Way City Council since 1997, including stints as mayor, deputy mayor and chairwoman of multiple committees. She has twice been elected as chairwoman of the Suburban Cities Public Issues Committee. Kochmar is a risk manager at Lakehaven Utility District, where she has worked 33 years.
• Roger Flygare, a Democrat: Flygare owns a small business that deals with court reporting. He has worked with state lawmakers to pass bills related to the court reporting profession, such as license requirements and protection of job performance. In November, Flygare finished second to Susan Honda in a bid for Federal Way City Council.
• Tony Moore, a Republican: Moore was appointed to the Federal Way School Board in 2008, and currently serves as board president. Moore has been behind the recently-enacted accelerated academics and standards based education policies. He narrowly lost to Tracey Eide (D) in the 2010 race for State Senate. In 2011, he ran unopposed in his re-election to the school board.
• Thom Macfarlane, a Democrat: Macfarlane officially announced his candidacy April 12. He has a background in the information technology field and promises, if elected, to advocate for job creation, economic development, education reform and veterans. "We need to create other sources of economic development for this district," he told The Mirror in an email.
• Jerry Galland, a Republican: Galland ran for the other state representative position when it was an open seat in 2010, but lost in the primary. He also ran for South King Fire and Rescue commissioner in 2011 against incumbent James Fossos.
District 30 State Rep., position 2
• Katrina Asay, a Republican: For position 2, incumbent Katrina Asay, a former mayor of Milton, faces two challengers. Asay was elected to the state representative seat vacated by Skip Priest, who became Federal Way's first elected mayor in 2010. Asay helped pass tougher legislation related to illegal cash for gold sales.
• Rick Hoffman, a Democrat: Hoffman is a political newcomer who serves on the board for the Martin Luther King County Labor Council and works as an electrical engineer at Boeing. Education is his top priority, along with housing and jobs.
• Roger Freeman, a Democrat: Freeman, an attorney who works with parents dealing with Child Protective Services, was elected to the Federal Way City Council in 2009. His most notable accomplishment since taking office is reviving the city's annual Martin Luther King Celebration.
The Federal Way Mirror is hosting debates for candidates in both the primary and general elections. All debates will take place at the Federal Way High School little theatre, located at South 308th Street and Pacific Highway South.
The debate schedule for the Aug. 7 primary election:
• Primary election, District 30, position 1: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10.
• Primary election, District 30, position 2: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 10.
• Congressional debate, District 9: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 21.
The debate schedule for the Nov. 6 general election:
• General election, District 30, position 1: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9.
• General election, District 30, position 2: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9.
• Congressional debate, District 9: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10.