Press Editorial

October 28, 2008

By Staff

5th District incumbents deserve re-election

We believe voters should return all three 5th District legislative incumbents to Olympia as our representatives for another term. These three represent the last bastion of Republicanism on the Eastside, making it difficult for them to pass legislation in a Democratically controlled House and Senate, yet they have never stopped carrying the message of their constituents to the capitol.

Sen. Cheryl Pflug, from Maple Valley, has become a national leader on health care issues, but has also brought refreshing new ideas on state transportation congestion relief to the table for discussion.

She has secured transportation funds for Highway 18, the Interstate 90 corridor study and the 520 interchange in Redmond. Her constituents find her readily accessible and willing to roll up her sleeves and work on their behalf. Pflug, more than the others, is not the traditional peg in the party platform, crossing party lines to reflect her own values and those of the district when needed.

Rep. Glenn Anderson, from Fall City, has made education his passion, pushing for better curriculum standards, as well as budgetary changes that address the need for the state to meet its constitutional mandate to fully fund basic education. Anderson is known for having a sharp fiscal pencil, warning early and often last year of the pending doom in the state’s 2009 budget.

Rep. Jay Rodne, from North Bend, the newest of the trio elected to state office, is seeking his third term. But Rodne also has experience as a Snoqualmie City Council member, giving him a unique perspective on the needs of the 5th District. He maintains his grass-roots involvement  in service clubs, as a board member of Encompass, and helping to establish a human services campus in Issaquah. Rodne also serves on the state’s Sunshine Committee, helping to ensure that government records remain open to the public.

While the incumbents didn’t start out to be a team, they have come to be so, sharing information and forces to get the job done, whether it be for the Tokul Creek fish hatchery, Lake Sammamish State Park or schools. Most important, they know when to put aside party politics for the sake of their constituents.

All three have good challengers this year, but we see no reason for a change.

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