Thank you for your endorsement of state Sen. Jim Kastama in his bid for the secretary of state position in the Aug. 7 primary election (editorial, 7-6). He is highly qualified for this position by virtue of his 16 years of strong legislative leadership and experience.
There is much more to the job than supervising elections, voter registrations and ballot initiatives. The secretary of state is frequently called upon to represent the state in international trade and cultural missions. He also greets and confers with dignitaries and delegations from other countries. As chair of the state Economic Development, Trade and Innovation Committee, Kastama has experienced trade missions to China and as well as other nations.
One of Kastama’s outstanding achievements is now up and running with great success. He sponsored the legislation establishing WGU Washington, the new online university offering bachelor’s and master’s degree programs designed to meet the needs of working adults. It is also available to veterans under the GI bill.
Kastama is devoted to not only helping business create new jobs, but he also is eager to promote education and training to prepare workers for the technical skills necessary for a good job in this economy.
Since 1980, two outstanding men have served as secretary of state – Ralph Munroe and Sam Reed. They administered the office with competence and integrity.
Kastama is of the same caliber. I’m voting for him as the 15th secretary of state.