Federal Way City Councilmember Martin Moore announced his intention to seek election to state House in the 30th legislative district. Following the death of Rep. Roger Freeman in October 2014, a special election was scheduled for November. Moore is running as a Republican and will take on former Washington Education Association leader Carol Gregory, recently appointed by Jay Inslee to the position.
A former Democrat, Moore grew disenchanted with his party and became a Republican. Moore said,
“Democrats have had a firm grip on Olympia for 30 years and what do we have to show for it? Declining wages, a court order to reform and fund our schools, crumbling roads and bridges, skyrocketing college tuition, and an inefficient and ineffective government. It has been the Republicans who have put the people – not special interests – first, and I look forward to partnering with voters in the 30th district to find solutions to our state’s dire problems. I believe our best hope for sustainable budgets and a renewed commitment to education and fighting for the most vulnerable is the Republicans’ reform agenda. The same values that motivated me to begin my political life as a Democrat—help for those who need it most, family wage jobs, a commitment to education—are still the values that motivate me today.”
Moore once served as Rep. Freeman’s legislative assistant, he considered the late Freeman as both a friend and mentor. Moore said, “Roger and I shared a passion for civic duty. Olympia must protect our most vulnerable, provide world-class schools, and make our government more fiscally responsible and efficient. I look forward to continuing his legacy while working with my friends on both sides of the aisle to bring real results back to our community.”
Moore has the notable endorsement of Sonya Freeman, the wife of the late Rep. Freeman. Additionally, 30th LD Republican state Senator Mark Miloscia has backed Moore’s bid.
As a civic leader with proven record of working toward responsible government, Moore presents a stark contrast to Democrat appointee Carol Gregory—who, as a WEA leader, made a career out of placing adults before kids.