Anti-Tax Ballot Initiative Sponsor Tim Eyman Says He Is Running For Governor Of Washington
Longtime anti-tax activist Tim Eyman says he’s running for governor of Washington. Eyman announced his candidacy Thursday at a Sound Transit board meeting.
He says his decision to run is motivated in part by legal efforts to overturn Initiative 976, his car tabs measure that voters just approved.
“I think for 21 years I’ve worked as a political activist to put ideas on the ballot that voters have had a chance to vote on and voters keep voting for a lot of our initiatives, yet we’ve got elected officials that aren’t listening to voters,” Eyman told public radio. “Instead they’re suing voters because they didn’t like the outcome of the vote.”
Eyman says he doesn’t know yet if he’ll run as a Republican or an independent.
He’s also currently embroiled in a campaign finance lawsuit brought by the Washington Attorney General’s office.
Earlier this year Eyman was charged with stealing a chair from Office Depot. He later settled the case without admitting guilt.
Incumbent Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee is seeking a third term after ending his presidential bid earlier this fall.
A judge has found that anti-tax activist and Republican candidate for governor Tim Eyman concealed more than $700,000 in campaign contributions related to his initiative work over a six-year period. The finding comes as Eyman mounts a first-ever run for public office and faces trial this summer over an alleged campaign finance kick-back scheme. Continue Reading Judge: Tim Eyman Concealed More Than $750K In Campaign Contributions For Ballot Measures
The announcement was met with jubilant cheers from supporters at a campaign event at Yakima’s McCormick Air Center. Eyman said he initially considered running as an independent because initiatives he sponsored in the past — from $30 car-tabs to a ban on affirmative action in 1998 — were nonpartisan. Continue Reading Tim Eyman Promises ‘Aggressive’ Run For Governor, Switches From Independent To Republican Bid
Thursday was supposed to be the day that a Washington state ballot measure to lower car registration fees took effect. But the state Supreme Court has let an injunction stand against what is known as the $30 car tabs initiative. That means hundreds of thousands of drivers will get full price bills in the coming months that they thought they had voted to reduce. Continue Reading Washington’s $30 Car Tabs Initiative On Hold, And Tim Eyman Calls For People Not To Pay Anything