Ex-Kirkland mayor challenging Rodney Tom, Senate majority leader

The Seattle TimesFebruary 3, 2014 

Joan McBride, the former mayor of Kirkland, will run against Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom as a Democrat in this year’s top-two primary election.

Democrats have said they plan to target Tom, D-Medina, because he crossed party lines last year to help give Republicans control of the state Senate.

Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson on Monday confirmed McBride will run against Tom.

“I’m very pleased. She’s a former mayor of Kirkland and has a great reputation,” Nelson said in a message.

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