A race worth watching

  • Jerry Cornfield
  • Saturday, December 15, 2007 4:02pm
  • Local News

Fred Walser declared to a room full of Democrats in Everett Saturday that he will run against incumbent Republican state Sen. Val Stevens in 2008.

Applause broke out at the meeting of the Snohomish County Democratic Party when he exclaimed “I am going to defeat Val Stevens.”

Stevens is a tough target. She’s been in the Legislature since 1992 and is in her third term as state senator. She draws strength from the mighty conservatives populating the 39th Legislative District.

Walser will benefit from a name that is well known in the community and a party that’s been itching to put some muscle into his effort.

Snohomish County Democratic Party chairman Mark Hintz told me with Walser, “we can win that seat.”

One potential cloud – Walser could face charges stemming from months of investigation of his handling of public records, employee access to police computers and other management issues while Sultan’s police chief.

Everett detectives came up with 800 pages of investigation. Whatcom County prosecutors are sorting through it all to decide what to do. Walser told me there may be news this week.

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