|Rep. Bill Backlund.||Dave Asher.||Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe.|
|Rep. Ian Elliott.||Tim Olsen.||Marshall Paris.|
by Jeff Switzer
On the heels of the end of the State Legislature's 1996 session, challengers and incumbents have begun their campaigning and fundraising in anticipation of the fall election. Some are new faces, and some are familiar faces running for re-election.
In the 45th District, Democrat Dave Asher has announced his candidacy against Republican incumbent Rep. Bill Backlund.
Asher, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, has lived in the area since 1992 and is a member of the Lake Washington Methodist Church. He currently works as a budget analyst in the University of Washington Office of Planning and Budgeting.
The 45th District includes Redmond, Duvall, Carnation and Woodinville.
In the 1st District, Rep. Ian Elliott has announced his candidacy for the senate seat against Democrat incumbent Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe.
Republican Tim Olsen has announced his candidacy for the open House seat being vacated by Elliott. Olsen, 31, has served the last few years as a delegate to the GOP King County Platform Committee and is the current committee chair. He managed 1st District Rep. Mike Sherstad's 1994 campaign.
Olsen and his wife both graduated from Inglemoor High School. Olsen started his own business as a heating contractor in Bothell about eight years ago.
Olsen says he'll focus on holding a hard line on fiscal responsibility, requiring performance audits for all state agencies to root out waste, and overhauling DSHS.
Republican Marshall Paris is also running for the vacant House seat in the 1st District. Paris served in the 1991-92 Legislature in the 44th District before redistricting and has owned and operated an insurance agency in Bothell 47 years.
Paris says he would focus on expanding the job markets and increasing educational opportunities and continued financing of the collocated University of Washington Branch Campus and Cascadia Community College, in addition to revising the Growth Management Act to "protect property rights and the quality of life."
The 1st District includes Bothell, Brier, parts of Woodinville and Mountlake Terrace, plus unincorporated King and Snohomish Counties between Mill Creek and Kirkland.
Don Stuart, a Richmond Beach Democrat, will be challenging U.S. Rep. Rick White for Washington's first Congressional seat. A 52-year-old former commercial fisherman, Stuart says he and White have "very different views on a number of important issues, including the environment, education, taxes, and health care."
The First Congressional district includes Woodinville, Redmond, Bothell, Lynnwood, and Edmonds.