News State Sen. Margarita Prentice Likely to Face Challenger, Juan Martinez
posted by November 30 at 13:50 PMon
Several sources who watch politics in Olympia confirm that Juan Martinez, who works with the left-of-center Washington Tax Fairness Coalition, is planning to challenge State Senator Margarita Prentice (D-11, S. and West Seattle, International District, Burien, Renton, SeaTac and Tukwila).
Prentice, the chair of the powerful Senate Ways and Means Committee, irked liberals last session by defending PayDay loan companies like Money Tree (and thwarting legislation to regulate the industry.) She was also Olympia’s loudest Sonics booster. In a sign that’s not such a popular stance in her district, Kathy Keolker, Renton’s mayor, who also supported the Sonics subsidy, lost her election this November.
Martinez, who has not returned my call, may have fired his first shot in the campaign on Wednesday when he published an editorial in the PI against Tim Eyman’s 1 percent property tax cap —which the legislature resuscitated and made law on Thursday.