Representative Chad Magendanz announced today that he was running for the 5th District State Senate seat. The former Issaquah School Board President cited education and fiscally responsible spending as the top issues facing the district.
Magendanz, a veteran and 20-year resident of the Eastside, is Ranking Member of the House Education Committee.
“We’re at a crossroads in education,” Magendanz said. “We can reform our public schools, and put in place sufficient funding, or see us fall behind other countries. We need innovation to bring classrooms alive and ensure that everyone has the skills to thrive in a 21st century global economy.”
“Our current property tax system unfairly penalizes rural and suburban districts,” said Magendanz. He is one of a select group of legislators on the governor’s McCleary task force, which is reinventing our system for funding public schools. “Last year, Washington was the only state to actually reduce college tuition and that drew national attention and acclaim. We need to continue to make quality education affordable, especially for our shrinking middle class.”
Democrat Senator Mark Mullet currently holds the Senate seat.
“Our district wants someone in the Senate who will make education improvement the number one priority,” said Magendanz. “My track record shows the ability to prioritize education while opposing unnecessary tax increases. It’s a different story for the incumbent.”
Magendanz’s Kickoff Reception will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn (1800 NW Gilman Blvd, Issaquah, WA 98027) on Tuesday, November 10, from 5:30-7:30 PM. RSVP to Sidney Pepple at [email protected] or 206-915-9100.
Magendanz served in the U.S. Navy for 12 years as a nuclear submarine officer after graduating with a degree from Cornell in electrical engineering. He worked for ten years at Microsoft, where he received over 20 patent awards. For the past eleven years, he has been a freelance software design consultant.
A resident of the Tiger Mountain community in Issaquah, Magendanz has been married 26 years to his wife Galen, a materials science engineer in Redmond. They have two teenage boys, one attending MIT with a Navy ROTC scholarship and the other at Liberty High School.
An avid conservationist, outdoorsman, cyclist and triathlete, Magendanz is a Kiwanis member, GOP precinct committee officer, PTSA legislative representative, and classroom volunteer.
The district comprises the eastern third of King County, including Black Diamond, Maple Valley, Issaquah, North Bend, Carnation, Snoqualmie and parts of Enumclaw and Renton.