State Sen. Andy Hill gets Democratic challenger

The Seattle TimesJanuary 15, 2014 

Setting up what could prove a key battle for control of the state Legislature, Democrats have found a challenger for state Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond.

Matt Isenhower, a Navy veteran and senior product manager at Amazon, announced Wednesday he’s running against Hill in the 45th Legislative District.

Isenhower, 33, said Hill has not lived up to his image as a moderate in Olympia.

“My opponent said he was going to go to Olympia to make change, and we have seen change for the worse since he has gone down there. Like many of my neighbors I am tired of these broken promises and the bickering,” he said.

On his website, Isenhower attacks Hill as part of “an extremist majority” in the state Senate that blocked votes on bills including measures that would protect women’s reproductive health rights.

Hill, 51, is the chief budget writer for Senate Republicans and has been talked about as a possible candidate for Congress. Defeating him would be a coup for Democrats and would continue a trend of some Eastside suburbs turning away from the GOP.

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