The News Tribune editorial board was correct in its description of Rep. Jan Angel (editorial, 10-5). She does connect better with her constituents due to her experience as a Kitsap County commissioner, her broad record of community service and her experience in local government affairs. Yes, it makes her a better fit for this district.
I’ve heard Sumner Schoenike at public forums, and the editorial board’s description of him as a ”left-of-center Democrat” is correct. Schoenike, a dedicated community leader and compassionate physician, has an ideology more suited for King County than Pierce County.
The 26th District Democrats attack Angel on her votes in the Democratic-controlled Legislature. They claim she has few ideas when they know how the state Democratic caucus closes her out of the process. They continue their weak arguments concerning Angel’s votes on parks when they know their own candidate publicly praises her for her support of parks.
They make it sound like she wants higher tolls. They know she only voted “no” to protect the legal rights of her constituents who get tickets that deny them their day in court.
Now they sink to a new low and attack her for not having a list of degrees on her résumé. Well, we have congressional and legislative halls full of people with advanced degrees from America’s elite universities. How is that working for us? I’ll take someone with common sense and real-life experience who has really created jobs, not just studied the concept.