Press Editorial

July 27, 2010

By Staff

Anderson, Willard should move forward

Voters in the 5th Legislative District — primarily those in Issaquah, Sammamish and Maple Valley areas — face two solid choices in the upcoming contest for a state representative. Mail-back ballots for the Aug. 17 primary election will reach voters this week.

In Glenn Anderson, voters have a seasoned representative who has learned to navigate the Capitol corridors as a member of the oft-marginalized Republican Party. Democrat Dean Willard presents a chance for a fresh perspective.

Willard presents the most credible challenge Anderson has faced in years. With his background in the Eastside technology industry, he has a good grasp of the concerns facing owners of local businesses, small and large alike.

Like his GOP opponent, Willard has also highlighted the importance of education in the campaign, certainly a critical topic in the 5th District. Willard pledges to strengthen the school system to make local students more competitive in a tough global workforce. Anderson has long been an advocate for education funding reform.

In campaign material, both Anderson and Willard say the race hinges on the economy. We look forward to a spirited debate in the months ahead about the role the Legislature should play in jumpstarting the stalled economy.

The main difference between Anderson and Willard is experience. Anderson has worked time and again to steer support and, more crucially, dollars to Issaquah schools. He has also been a strong voice for businesses, yet as a member of the House minority party, he proclaims his inability to accomplish much.

Though challenger David Spring has brought his passion for education reform to another race, he stands out of step as a single-issue candidate in a year when jobs and the economy dominate the discussion. We encourage Spring to continue working as a citizen activist to reform how the state pays for education.

We support Anderson and Willard as the two to move forward from the primary to the November general election.

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