Re: “One candidate is the real Democrat” (TNT letters blog, 8-2).
I am responding to Mark Brown (chairman of the 26th District Democratic Party) and his letter about who is a bigger Democrat in the race for Pierce County Council District 7.
Brown states that Chuck West describes himself as a Dino-crat. Many Democrats and independents voted for Dino Rossi in the 2004 governor’s race, and this is evident considering Rossi lost by fewer than 200 votes out of millions cast. So I would say that West was not alone.
What Brown does not state in his letter was that Iverson was anointed by Brown months ago without even considering any other candidates. Why should West bow before Brown and his liberal Democrat cronies and beg for their endorsement?
Iverson is a pro-labor, pro-environment candidate as well as the founder of an organization that endorses health care for all without finding ways to pay for it. And his group rails against corporations that employ thousands of people in the Puget Sound. We don’t need people like Iverson who will put unions and environmental groups first, especially since both groups have contributed thousands of dollars to his campaign (see www.pdc.wa.gov).
We need people like West who will fight for more cops, improved streets and infrastructure and put his business background to good use retaining and attracting needed jobs to Pierce County. We need people like West who truly reflect the values of Pierce County Council District 7.