Ann Rivers, Republican

Candidate for: Washington State Senate – 18th Legislative District.  Incumbent from 2012.
Campaign website: http://annrivers.com/Age: Approximately 48

Summary Analysis: Ann Rivers is a six year Washington State legislator having first served as a state representative and then in the senate.  She has a general track record or conservative and responsible votes–with a highlight of her leadership and bravery to challenge and help defeat a highly corrupt and ideologically driven public works project that was proposed for the Southwest Washington region in 2013.  She has a track record of overly political decisions and intolerance of fellow politicians that don’t follow her political directions and this has been a large source of consternation she has experienced from local conservative activists.  Ann Rivers has a 68% composite score.  See details about score in the composite score matrix.

Campaign manager and team:  Apparently self-run with volunteers.

Ann Rivers

Ann Rivers

Education – higher: Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and later a secondary teaching certificate.

Relevant work experience: Political consulting firm, Washington State legislator for about six years.

Organizations and community involvement: Nothing specific detected from public information reviewed.

Donation analysis: Ann River’s donations are substantially from Washington businesses and Industry Groups who donate large amounts to incumbents with the implied expectation that the donor’s ‘special interests’ will be heard and respected.  There also are many establishment donors.  Members of these groups are not typically ideological, but driven by self-interest.  This donation profile is somewhat typical for politicians that feel they can maintain their seat and therefore avoid trying to gain donations from local citizens–but this certainly projects an influence on River’s decisions.  Donations are considered solid relative to amounts needed be competitive in this particular political race.    How to review donations.

Time in area: appears that she’s been in the area since the mid to late 90s.

Background for candidate: The following links have been chosen as they contain background information readers may find useful.

Candidate’s Campaign website campaign website http://annrivers.com
Candidate’s Facebook page Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ann.rivers.12
Lots of information on Ann. Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Rivers
Willamette Week labeled her the CRC killer Willamette Week http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20340-bridge_end.html/
Website which shows access to all the bills she sponsored, key issues State website http://annrivers.src.wastateleg.org/
Ballotpedia page showing summary information on Senator Rivers Ballotpedia https://ballotpedia.org/Ann_Rivers
Voter Defense Website Voter Defense https://votesmart.org/candidate/126326/ann-rivers#.V4FUkPkrJD8
Article on Ann in the media WA State Wire http://tinyurl.com/9twkf5r
CVTV – Election 2016: Primary Video Voters’ Guide (07-07-16) (in interface scroll down and click the candidate’s name) CVTV http://www.cvtv.org/vid_link/18222

Original analysis:July 2016  Updated: October 2016.

 

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