Federal Way City Councilmember Martin Moore to Run for State House as Republican

FEDERAL WAY, WA – Federal Way City Councilmember Martin Moore announced today that he is running to represent Washington’s 30th legislative district in the State House in the special election to be held this November following the death of Rep. Roger Freeman in October of 2014. Moore, a former Democrat, is running as a Republican.

“Democrats have had a firm grip on Olympia for 30 years and what do we have to show for it? Declining wages, a court order to reform and fund our schools, crumbling roads and bridges, skyrocketing college tuition, and an inefficient and ineffective government,” Councilmember Moore said. “It has been the Republicans who have put the people – not special interests – first, and I look forward to partnering with voters in the 30th district to find solutions to our state’s dire problems. I believe our best hope for sustainable budgets and a renewed commitment to education and fighting for the most vulnerable is the Republicans’ reform agenda. The same values that motivated me to begin my political life as a Democrat—help for those who need it most, family wage jobs, a commitment to education—are still the values that motivate me today.”

Councilmember Moore, who served as Rep. Freeman’s legislative assistant and advisor, will also run on the same themes that made Freeman a beloved and respected leader in the 30th district.

“The death of my friend and mentor, Rep. Roger Freeman, has left a large void in our region,” Moore said. “Roger and I shared a passion for civic duty. Olympia must protect our most vulnerable, provide world-class schools, and make our government more fiscally responsible and efficient. I look forward to continuing his legacy while working with my friends on both sides of the aisle to bring real results back to our community.”

State Senator Mark Miloscia, a former Democrat recently elected as a Republican to the State Senate, also announced that he would be working to help his long-time friend and protégé in his bid for the State House.

“I’ve known Martin since he was 17 years-old civic-minded high school student,” Miloscia said. “He has had a passion for giving back to his community since the day we met. He is a unique leader that cares more about what gets done, not who gets credit for it. As a city councilmember, he has led on building the Performing Arts and Convention Center, fought to end homelessness, and has been a fierce advocate for small businesses. He will be a very valuable member in the State House of Representatives.”

Moore grew up in orphanages in Sofia, Bulgaria until he was adopted at the age of eight by adoptive parents who were both educators. He learned English at Adelaide Elementary School in Federal Way, and following his 2003 graduation from Decatur High School, earned a degree in Political Science from Saint Martin’s University. He moved back to Federal Way after graduating to prepare disadvantaged students for college as a member of AmeriCorps. He served seven years on the City of Federal Way’s Parks Commission before being elected to the Federal Way City Council in 2013. He currently attends St. Vincent de Paul Parish and serves meals to the homeless as a volunteer with the Federal Way Community Caregiving Network.