Democratic State Sen. Chase’s intraparty challenger Eggen says he starts the campaign at a disadvantage

Friday, May 23, 2014

By Evan Smith

Democratic 32nd District State Sen. Marilyn Chase’s intraparty challenger says that he knows he faces a tough fight in his campaign to unseat Chase.

Shoreline City Councilman Chris Eggen said two weeks ago that Chase would have more money to spend, an experienced campaign organization and support from the District Democratic organization.

The 32nd Legislative District includes Shoreline, part of northwest Seattle, Lynnwood, Woodway and nearby unincorporated areas of southwest Snohomish County, and parts of Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace.

Much of the district is new since Chase won election in 2010. The 2011 redistricting took Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, north Kirkland and unincorporated areas between Kenmore and Kirkland out of the district and added Lynnwood and part of Mountlake Terrace.

Eggen said that the new parts of the district would be open territory for both candidates.

The third candidate, Republican Robert Reedy is a Mountlake Terrace resident. He lost a campaign for Mountlake Terrace City Council in 2011 before losing to Democratic 32nd District State Rep. Ruth Kagi in 2012 and Democratic Snohomish County Councilman Terry Ryan last year.

The top two vote getters in the Aug. 5 primary, regardless of party, qualify for the Nov. 4 general election.

The most recent State Public Disclosure Commission reports showed that Chase had reported raising $ $15,920 and spending $6,022, while Eggen had reported raising $5,512 and spending $512. Eggen said that he never would match Chase in fundraising.

Reedy has yet to register with the PDC.

Eggen also said that he is just beginning to build a campaign organization while Chase has the organization that she has built through five legislative campaigns.

The district Democratic organization gave Chase an endorsement before Eggen declared his candidacy. District Democrats endorsed Chase for state representative in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 and for state senator in 2010.

At a recent meeting of district Democrats, many members said that a loyal Democrat shouldn’t challenge a Democratic incumbent.

Many active 32nd District Democrats backed Eggen when he challenged Democratic then-State-Sen. Darlene Fairley in the 2006 primary.

 Eggen twice has won election to the non-partisan Shoreline council with endorsements from the 32nd Legislative District Democrats.

Eggen has been a member of the District Democratic organization executive board and currently is a Democratic precinct committee officer and an alternate representative from the District to the King County Democratic Central Committee.

He says that his best chance to defeat Chase is using his ability as a person-to-person, door-to-door campaigner.

When he announced his candidacy, Eggen said that he is running because the district needs leadership that not only stands for progressive values but that can build consensus and get results on issues important to its residents.

Eggen challenges Chase’s record, noting that she has passed only 14 bills out of 335 in her 13 years in both the House and Senate, and saying that Chase has strained relations with many local governments in King and Snohomish counties.

Chase first joined the State House of Representatives by appointment at the beginning of the 2002 legislative session before winning election to four two-year House terms and one to the Senate. She serves as ranking minority member of the Senate’s committee on trade and economic development and is a member of the Rules Committee and the committee on energy, environment and telecommunications.

Evan Smith can be reached at schsmith@frontier.com.


3 comments:

Anonymous,  May 23, 2014 at 8:10 AM  

Chris Eggen has no base to campaign upon, the Democrats have abandoned him and the community members that helped him get onto the Shoreline City Council will not help him get elected to the State Senate. He has no base established in the 32nd LD, which includes parts of Mountlake Terrace, Edmonds, North Seattle, and Lynnwood, but he is going to cry about not being able to raise money -- well he should have thought about that before he filed.

Chris has delusions of grandeur and if he thinks he can do a better job in Olympia by selling out his supporters and his base, he is sorely misinformed.

Anonymous,  May 23, 2014 at 9:47 AM  

Chris Eggen is truly delusional. But he is very stubborn, sticking to his misinformed beliefs based on whatever staff tells him. He IS the Rodney Tom of the 32nd District. Now he will have to live with the fact that no one will ever trust him again.

Pretty pathetic!

He is a low wattage politician compared to Sen Chase who has a lifetime of experience on labor, human rights and environmental issues. Maralyn Chase has been a champion on so many issues

Anonymous,  July 14, 2014 at 10:54 PM  

It takes guts to run against incumbent Chase. But incumbency is not the same as competency, and complacency shouldn't warrant re-election. Eggen may have the skills and perspective that the 32nd District now needs.

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