I just returned from my first 2010 candidate forum, for the 27th Legislative District. Held in Fife, it was a wonderful, educational, four-minute “job interview” followed by 75 minutes of civil, thoughtful, engaging, 30-second questions from the audience with 90-second responses from four of eight candidates in the two House races: Ken Nichols, Janis Gbalah, Jon Cronk and Jon Higley.
Absent with RSVP conflicts to organizers: Laurie Jinkins and Jake Fey. Absent with no RSVP following multiple written and voice mail messages: Jessica Smeall and five-term incumbent Jeannie Darneille. My description of that behavior: rude and arrogant.
It makes this voter wonder who wants the job. With less than 30 days until the Aug. 17 primary, voters need to get involved and get informed. This election voters really do have choices in the 27th district.