Press Editorial

October 19, 2010

By Staff

Our recommendations for state representatives

5th District

The 5th Legislative District includes most of Issaquah, except for Cougar Mountain (It’s in the 41st District) and the South Cove neighborhoods (They’re in the 48th).

Representative, Position 1 — Jay Rodne. We can find no reason to oust Rodne at this time. His challenger, Gregory Hoover, is no match for Rodne’s knowledge regarding the issues. Rodne’s record of voting pro-business and working for education reform stands out. When not in Olympia, Rodne is entrenched in his community as a leader and a volunteer.

Representative, Position 2 — Glenn Anderson. There is no hidden agenda with Anderson — he calls it like it is, even if it’s not what you want to hear. But there is no doubt that he is knowledgeable and passionate about this commitment to represent the 5th District. He is a tireless worker for education funding solutions. Challenger David Spring’s drive is also about education, but he fails to bring solutions to the table.

41st District

The 41st Legislative District includes Issaquah residents on Cougar Mountain, Newcastle, Mercer Island, part of Renton and South Bellevue.

Senator — Randy Gordon. Voters have two great choices for their state senator. Steve Litzow has years of small and large business experience, plus a solid community and municipal background that would be valuable in Olympia. Gordon is a law school professor, attorney and community leader.

He was appointed to the Senate last year when Fred Jarrett stepped down, and made an impression from the get-go, passing a unanimous constitutional amendment to give judges more discretion in sentencing violent criminals. We look forward to seeing what else his leadership will accomplish in the next two years.

Representative, Position 1 — Marcie Maxwell. Maxwell has served her district well, bringing her prior experience as a Renton School Board member to her legislative priorities. In addition to education, Maxwell’s attention in Olympia is directed at state finances. Challenger Peter Dunbar’s background in the health care industry would be valuable as the Legislature tackles compliance with new health insurance regulation, but Maxwell deserves re-election.

Representative, Position 2 — Judy Clibborn. Eight years of state leadership by Judy Clibborn is not enough. Her municipal background keeps her well focused on the 41st District, but she has extended her influence to the state’s transportation issues, including improvements on interstates 90 and 405. We find challenger Steve Strader still unsure of his positions, like supporting Tim Eyman’s initiative to restate the need for a supermajority to increase taxes “at least for awhile.”

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