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January 20, 2015 at 10:49 AM

Another Democrat switches parties to run for Federal Way legislative seat

Updated, 4:24 p.m.:

Read more here about Moore’s quire-recent (2013) change on the issue of abortion.

 

Updated at 12:38 p.m. with comments from Carol Gregory:

In what is becoming a pattern in the Federal Way-area’s 30th Legislative District, a Democrat has switched parties to run for the state Legislature as a Republican.

Martin Moore

Martin Moore

Federal Way City Councilmember Martin Moore announced Tuesday he’ll run this fall for the seat held by Democrat Carol Gregory, who was appointed after the death of Rep. Roger Freeman in October.

Moore worked as an aide for Freeman. He also is close friends with state Sen. Mark Miloscia who switched parties last year and won election as a Republican to the 30th District state Senate seat.

Like Miloscia, Moore said he no longer felt welcome in his former party as a “pro-life” Democrat opposed to abortion.

“The party has become so incredibly intolerant of people who might disagree with them on some issues,” Moore said in an interview. “The party has shifted enormously, and it’s gone to the far left.”

Asked about Moore’s comments, Jaxon Ravens, chairman of the state Democratic Party, made no apologies for the party’s pro-choice stance. “The Democrats have always been supportive of a woman’s choice when it comes to her own health care and we feel that’s where the priority lies,” he said.

Moore said he plans to campaign as “an independent leader who fits the mold of the district.”

Gregory, a member of the Federal Way School Board, is a former teacher, former head of the Washington Education Association and longtime education policy aide.

Gregory said she likely will run to retain the statehouse position this fall, noting the education issues she cares about are not likely to be all resolved in the current legislative session. She shrugged off Moore’s candidacy as part of the democratic process.

“I’m not going to be worried about who’s running if I decide to run. I’m going to be much more worried about getting my work done down here and focused on the issues,” Gregory said.

The 30th District special election contest is likely to be expensive and hard-fought as the only legislative seat up for grabs this year. The district include parts of Federal Way, Milton, Algona and Pacific.

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