Pastor Carey Anderson announces run for 30th LD State Representative

Anderson is a 17-year Federal Way resident and serves on the King County Regional Homelessness Authority.

The following is a press release from Pastor Carey Anderson:

Rev. Dr. Carey Anderson, 17-year Federal Way resident and pastor of First AME church in Auburn and Seattle, has officially announced his candidacy for State Representative pos. 2 for the 30th Legislative District.

The new 30th district includes Federal Way, Auburn, Des Moines, Algona and Pacific.

Dr. Anderson is running to fill the 30th District House seat recently vacated by Rep. Jesse Johnson, who announced his decision to not seek reelection on March 10.

“We thank Representative Johnson for his service to the previous 30th District, which included both King and Pierce Counties,” said Anderson. “I look forward to delivering proven new leadership for the new 30th district which is now unified as one district in King County.”

Although a political newcomer, according to the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission, Dr. Anderson’s campaign has already raised over $27,000. Dr, Anderson’s supporters proudly list his impressive credentials which make him qualified to make a difference in Olympia on “Day One.”

“Dr. Anderson is a crime fighter,” said 30th District Democrats’ member Eugene Lewis. “Most of the crimes committed in Federal Way each year are committed by homeless people who suffer from drug addiction.”

Dr. Anderson is the only candidate who is a former certified substance abuse counselor and he is the only candidate who currently serves on the King County Regional Homelessness Authority.

“Pastor Anderson is a bridge builder between the police and the community,” said Reco Bembry, a Federal Way resident. “He is a man of integrity and the only candidate who during the George Floyd riots, brought police and protesters together to stop the violence and begin healing our communities.”

Dr. Anderson is a life saver, said Dian Ferguson.

“While other politicians were running for office during the COVID pandemic, Dr. Anderson turned his church into a COVID free testing, vaccination and booster clinic which has served nearly 5,000 patients throughout King County,” Ferguson said.

According to Claude Burfect, long-time board member of the MLK Labor Council, Dr. Anderson is also a former member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and has already attracted the attention of the labor community by raising more non-Political Action Committee (PAC) funds during this year’s primary election than any other candidate.

Pastor Anderson is happily married to Dr. Phyllis Gearring-Anderson and together have three adult children, four grandchildren and three adorable cats: Simon, Charlotte and Clooney.

To join the Anderson campaign, go to or call (253) 296-6370.