Pierce County taxpayers have teachers at Puyallup and Rogers high schools to thank for the anticipated expenditure of $100,000 for the coming recount of ballots in the 25th District legislative race between Dawn Morrell and Hans Zeiger.
Zeiger was given illegal access to school facilities when he was the speaker at the May Puyallup High School graduation ceremony involving 408 seniors and their parents and spoke to debate and civics classes. Paraphrasing state RCW 42.17.130: No public employee may authorize use of public facilities for the purpose of assisting a campaign for election of any person. Zeiger should have known that such campaigning would be viewed as unethical behavior.
I have decided that many voters base their decisions only on a first impression of a candidate, not taking time to evaluate the person. An example of this was the election of Dale Washam, who was very personable on first meeting.