Posts tagged ‘Mike Appel’

May 14, 2012

Mike Appel Ends Bid for 17th Legislative District Seat.

by lewwaters

Announced on Mike Appel’s facebook page and campaign page this evening;

Mike Appel

As they say, “All good things must come to an end”, along with “Timing is everything” — the timing says that it is time to “suspend” my campaign, and bring it to a quick and merciful end before any more time, money or energy is unnecessarily expended. I currently don’t see a clear path to victory due to a lack of sufficient funds to run a victorious campaign. Had there been a more level playing field to start out on, this campaign may have been able to take flight and soar, but sadly it was not to be… Maybe next time! I will proportionally be returning the unspent donations to my donors (thank you all so much for your generosity!!!)

I wish to thank all of my supporters, and count you all as friends.

— Mike
former Candidate for WA State Rep

I hope to see Mike stay active in local politics and keep adding his voice for a better Washington State.

April 23, 2012

Democrat Monica Stonier to Make Third Try For Public Office

by lewwaters

As stated previously on this blog April 18, 2012, middle school teacher Monica Stonier is going to make yet another try to get into the state legislature.

Monica ran unsuccessfully for the 17th Legislative District won by Paul Harris in 2010. Harris defeated her by a 54% to 46% margin, almost 3,500 votes. In endorsing her for the general election, the Columbian explained why they did not endorse her in the primary as they, “were — and remain — worried about her close ties to the teachers union.”

When news came of 49th Legislative District Rep. Jim Jacks abandoning constituents last year, Monica quickly moved herself to the 49th in a brief bid to be appointed to replace him.

Since to run for State House for Representatives a candidate must physically reside within that particular district, Monica explained to the Columbian, “she is currently living in a rented house in the 49th but still owns a house in the 17th District, which is not yet on the market, and she has not yet registered to vote in the 49th.”

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April 18, 2012

With Probst’s Announcement, the Campaigns Get More Interesting

by lewwaters

Now that we see 17th Legislative District Representative Tim Probst feeling he is ready to tackle and entrenched incumbent for a State Senate seat, his seat in the House will be an open seat that the Democrats surely will want to retain with another person. Should Tim lose the Senate race, which is likely, he will not be allowed to just return to his House seat.

The 17th now has a Republican Senator, Don Benton who has won the seat 4 times now and Paul Harris, also a Republican holding down position 2, running for a second term.

Republicans have Mike Appel and Julie Olson, both of whom announced their intent to run against Probst prior to his coming out on his bid against Benton.

Knowing that the Democrats will not want to lose the seat held now by Probst, it would be expected that they recruit a strong candidate to run in his place. All indications at this time is that is not what they have planned and are trying to recruit Monica Stonier, who lost to Republican Paul Harris in the 2010 elections by nearly 7 percentage points and who we last heard of, was trying to relocate her residence to qualify to try to be appointed to replace Democrat Jim Jacks, who abruptly abandoned constituents due to scandal in 2011 in the 49th Legislative District.

The Columbian endorsed her campaign in the 2010 General Election, but did not in the primary election that year citing they “were — and remain — worried about her close ties to the teachers union.” She still lost.

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April 5, 2012

Ridgefield School Board President Julie Olson Announces Run Against Democrat Tim Probst

by lewwaters

Received in email;

Julie Olson (R) to run for state house against Probst

Ridgefield School Board President Julie Olson will run for the state house seat currently held by Democrat Tim Probst.
Olson announced her candidacy at the Clark County GOP convention last Saturday.

Olson cited a lack of progress on the state budget with the prospect of another special session, and an anti-education vote recently taken by legislative Democrats as reasons she is running.

“One party controls all three branches of state government but they can’t pass a balanced budget on time,” said Olson. “They haven’t addressed the core issues of the mess we are in and they refuse to fundamentally change how state government operates.

Olson said the state’s problems are only compounding and that the time has come for new leadership.

Olson said her campaign will talk about funding basic education first with a balanced state budget, and bringing some common sense solutions to Olympia.

“We can’t keep holding our kids hostage in the state budget process,” said Olson. “The culture of failure in Olympia must be changed. We can do better than this.”

While serving on the Ridgefield School Board Olson led initiatives to streamline expenditures and cut operating costs without teacher layoffs.

“It is that same kind of innovation we have used in the school district that we need in Olympia right now,” said Olson. “If elected I will push for more budget reforms so we can do more with less.”

Julie Olson is a native Washingtonian. She said she and her siblings were all raised with a strong ethos for public service. Two of Julie’s brothers are fire fighters and her sister is a Federal Prosecutor.

Julie attended the University of Idaho on a volleyball scholarship and graduated with a B.S. in Microbiology. She has been in the scientific industry all of her career and in scientific sales and sales management for over 25 years.

In 2005 Julie was elected to the Ridgefield School Board of Directors, where she has served as the Board Chair for the last 4 years.

Mike Appel has also announced his intent to run against Tim Probst, giving him 2 Republican challengers this election for his 17th legislative district seat.

Updates will follow as more is heard from the candidates.