Press Editorial

October 9, 2012

By Staff

Join conversation at candidate forum

In 2008, fueled in part by the historic candidacy of Barack Obama to the highest office in the land, voters engaged in the political process in a once-in-a-generation way.

Though 2012 cannot recapture the sense of excitement, contests up and down the ballot merit some serious attention from Issaquah voters. So much attention is focused on the race for president, but Washington voters must decide important races for governor and other executive positions.

Voters also face a chance to make history through ballot measures to legalize marijuana and affirm the rights of same-sex couples to marry.

The ballot also includes choices for key legislative and congressional seats.

In order to inform voters about important local races, The Issaquah Press — joined by the American Association of University Women and the League of Women Voters — is cosponsoring a candidate forum for local races.

The forum is a chance for voters to learn about the men and women in the race for offices in Olympia, plus the race to represent Issaquah in Congress. The event starts at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Council Chambers at City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way. Or, Issaquah voters can watch the forum live on ICTV Channel 21.

The federal government makes important decisions, yes, but decisions from lawmakers beneath the Capitol dome in Olympia also impact everyday life.

Thankfully, voters can make a choice in most local races on the ballot.

In state House races, incumbents Judy Clibborn and Jay Rodne could benefit from a robust challenge, but at least the no-contest races guarantee Issaquah residents continued, thoughtful leadership in Olympia.

Every local candidate in the 5th and 41st legislative districts agreed to attend. So did Issaquah Democrat Karen Porterfield, Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert’s challenger. Reichert, however, does not plan to attend the forum.

The race to represent the 8th Congressional District in Washington, D.C., is unfolding on a landscape reshaped by redistricting. We had hoped for a chance to ask Reichert about how he intends to balance the needs of constituents on both sides of the Cascades for the first time.

Issaquah is home to spirited political debate and many people interested in what happens at all levels of government. We invite you to join the conversation at the candidate forum.

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One Response to “Press Editorial”

  1. Frank on October 16th, 2012 11:53 am

    Ask the candidates if they think we should provide incentives (rewards) to illegal immigrants, such as drivers licenses and in-state tuition. Or would it help reduce the flow of illegal immigration by removing such incentives/rewards?

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