Sen. McAuliffe gets a Republican opponent

  • By Evan Smith, Herald writer
  • Tuesday, January 17, 2012 7:08pm

Democratic state Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe has a Republican opponent for the coming election.

He’s Brian Travis, who lost bids for positions on the Alderwood Water and Wastewater Commission in both 2009 and 2011.

Travis has registered his candidacy with the state Public Disclosure Commission, a step that allows him to raise and spend money for the August primary and November general elections.

McAuliffe has registered as a candidate for a sixth four-year term representing the 1st Legislative District, which now will include Mountlake Terrace, Brier, Bothell, part of unincorporated Snohomish County east of Bothell, part of Kirkland and areas of unincorporated King County between Bothell and Kirkland.

Candidates file for ballot positions May 14-18.

Travis has yet to report raising any money for the campaign. McAuliffe has raised $4,350 but is not allowed to raise any more money until after the current legislative session.

Travis said Monday that he had decided to run against five-term incumbent Sen. McAuliffe rather than one of the District’s two freshman House members because it is time for new ideas.

“I choose to campaign for this position based upon my ability to compare and contrast between the Senator’s well established record of fiscal and social liberalism and my proposals of fiscal moderation and traditional societal values,” he said.

Travis lost to Alderwood Water Commissioner Donna Cross in 2009 by a 68 percent to 31 percent margin and lost in 2011 to Commissioner Larry Jones by a 67 percent to 32 percent margin. He said that he would do better in this campaign because he would do a better job of getting his message out.

“This time around we’re going to focus much more closely on better messaging, a more detailed and cohesive agenda and appealing to those who care about fiscal conservatism and a responsive government,” he said. “I’m not in this race to demonize government, I’m in this race to help our state government help those who truly need it and get out of the way of those who do not.”

First-term Democratic state Reps. Luis Moscoso and Derek Stanford both have registered with the PDC as candidates for re-election in the 1st District. Neither has an announced opponent.

Moscoso has reported raising $14,715 and spending $5,263 with a campaign debt of $3,300. Stanford has raised $17,607 and spent $3,056. Neither can raise more money until after the legislative session.

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