Re: The News Tribune endorsement of Jan Angel in the 26th District (10-5).
Of the candidates, the incumbents obviously have more experience in their respective offices. That does not mean their experience is necessarily superior, and I don’t see that Angel’s experience has helped her be a better legislator or leader.
Of Angel’s 11 prime-sponsored bills, only one, HB 2924 (regulating shorelines of the state solely through the Shoreline Management Act), appears to have anything to do with the stated priorities on her website. That’s not very impressive leadership in these challenging times. We should expect more from our politicians.
Angel’s opponent, Sumner Schoenike, has not served in a political office before. Among his stated priorities are decreasing the dropout rate (it’s around 35 percent in Pierce County) by pushing for community college Running Start for vocationally talented students; reduction of superfluous regulation, red tape and taxes; and improving the health care system.
He’s been a board-certified pediatrician for more than 30 years; a small business owner; an Associate Clinical professor; founder of Project Access (a program to provide donated medical care to the low- income and uninsured); and aoard member of Peninsula Communities in Schools.
Schoenike has community involvement, fresh ideas and a past record that indicates the ability and will to see them through.