The Issaquah Press’ general election endorsements

October 30, 2012

By Staff

See the editorial board’s recommendations for congressional and legislative candidates, and statewide ballot measures, in the Nov. 6 general election.

Legislature

5th Legislative District

  • State Senate — Mark Mullet: 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.
  • State House of Representatives, Position 2 — Chad Magendanz: Republican Chad 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.

41st Legislative District

  • State Senate — Steve Litzow: Republican Steve Litzow has shown leadership on diverse issues — education reform and same-sex marriage among them — and the capacity to ably represent his constituents.
  • State House of Representatives, Position 1 — Marcie Maxwell: Democrat Marcie Maxwell serves her district well by acting as a genuine community representative, and every district should be so lucky as to have an elected official that has the time to devote to community outreach and understanding.

Congress

8th Congressional District

Karen Porterfield: Democrat Karen 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.

King County

Sheriff — John Urquhart: John Urquhart possesses the skills to communicate the agency’s mission and priorities to elected leaders in Seattle and Olympia, deputies in the field and, most importantly, to the public.

Statewide ballot measures

Referendum 74, same-sex marriage: approve

Marriage is a basic civil right. Referendum 74 offers voters the chance to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. The measure, simply put, is about equality.

Initiative 502, marijuana legalization: yes

Initiative 502 possesses the potential to clear the air and allow Washington to legalize small amounts of marijuana for recreational use among adults 21 and older. The ballot measure outlines a sensible plan for the state to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana.

Initiative 1185, two-thirds legislative majority for tax increases: no

Earlier two-thirds majority requirements led lawmakers to make deep cuts to spending, including to education. There are occasions when tax increases are needed. The majority — more than 50 percent — should be all that it takes, as the state Constitution was written.

Initiative 1240, charter schools: no

From some perspectives, a charter school run by a nonprofit organization with a goal of better education might make sense. But from the Issaquah perspective, charter schools are not needed.

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