October 23, 2012

By Staff

Our endorsements for state representatives

Local voters face some clear choices in the legislative races on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Issaquah is divided between the 5th and 41st legislative districts. Redistricting has changed district boundaries, but most Issaquah neighborhoods remain inside the 5th District.

North Issaquah and neighborhoods along Lake Sammamish shifted into the 41st District. Cougar Mountain west of state Route 900 and areas north of Interstate 90 act as the dividing lines.

Here are our recommendations for state lawmakers:

5th Legislative District

State Senate — Mark Mullet

The race for the 5th District’s state Senate seat is ugly, with both sides slinging mud in the effort to shift the balance of power in Olympia.

Partisan bickering aside, the campaign has raised serious ethical questions about Republican candidate Brad Toft, including questionable legal issues in his past and exaggerated claims about his education credentials. The campaign has shown that Toft simply lacks the integrity we look for in elected officials.

Democrat Mark Mullet’s experience in small business ownership and in local government as a member of the Issaquah City Council make him well positioned to represent the 5th District. He has demonstrated an ability to bring creative new ideas to the community and build a coalition to get legislation passed by a majority. It’s the kind of leadership we need in Olympia.

State House of Representatives, Position 2 — Chad Magendanz

Republican Chad Magendanz is the straightforward choice to succeed longtime Republican lawmaker Glenn Anderson. Magendanz’s experience on the Issaquah School Board and as a state education advocate put him in a good position to address the top priority in the education-focused 5th District. He understands firsthand the impacts of budget cuts to local schools and has already proven himself as an education advocate in Olympia.

41st Legislative District

State Senate — Steve Litzow

Republican Steve Litzow was elected to represent the 41st District just 22 months ago. Already, Litzow has shown leadership on diverse issues — education reform and same-sex marriage among them — and the capacity to ably represent his constituents. Most notably, Litzow played a key role in bringing together both political parties to agree on a state budget. He has demonstrated his ability to work across the aisle for the good of his district. He deserves the opportunity to return for a full term.

State House of Representatives, Position 1 — Marcie Maxwell

Democrat Marcie Maxwell serves her district well by acting as a genuine community representative. Residents in Issaquah, Sammamish, Newcastle and other cities throughout the district are as apt to meet her at community functions as residents in her hometown, Renton. Every district should be so lucky as to have an elected official that has the time to devote to community outreach and understanding.

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