October 30, 2012
Karen Porterfield for Congress
Issaquah Democrat Karen Porterfield is an excellent choice to represent the expansive 8th Congressional District.
In 2004, voters elected Republican Dave Reichert to succeed Republican Jennifer Dunn in Washington, D.C. Since then, Reichert has failed to distinguish himself in the U.S. House of Representatives and too often seems detached and unavailable from constituents at home. He does deserve credit for his work in Congress to expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
Following redistricting last year, the 8th District covers more ground, stretching from Auburn to Issaquah to Wenatchee. The change in the district is a good time to change representation.
Porterfield brings experience from the academic, business and nonprofit sectors to the race. She is a novice candidate, but is articulate and accessible, and most importantly, she shows tremendous potential and drive.
The 8th District’s next representative must ably balance the concerns of apple growers in Wenatchee and software programmers in Issaquah. Porterfield offers a willingness to listen to concerns and focus on constituents first.