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ELECTION: 26th District needs Seaquist’s leadership

Letter by Susan K. Cruver, Olalla on Nov. 1, 2012 at 1:44 pm with No Comments »
November 1, 2012 1:44 pm

Re-electing Larry Seaquist to represent the 26th Legislative District is essential. He’s cut $5 million from Tacoma Narrows Bridge overhead by reducing staffing from a bloated 24 to just six workers. Thanks to Seaquist and Derek Kilmer, we won’t be paying millions in bridge-related sales taxes during the next five years.

He’s stopped bonuses for state executives and saved millions by getting rid of unneeded consultants. He’s been instrumental in closing tax loopholes. When budget proposals called for cuts to Apple Health for kids and the state’s Basic Health program, Seaquist fought successfully to eliminate cuts to those essential services.

His opponent equates closing tax loopholes with raising taxes. I’m not in favor of slashing the funding for safety nets to aid our most vulnerable citizens so that corporations can retain tax breaks for private jets.

Seaquist listens to our concerns. A large industrial geoduck farm has been proposed for Burley Lagoon. As the owner of property adjacent to an existing geoduck farm, I know what these citizens are facing and spoke to Seaquist. I found out he’s knocked on the door of every waterfront house on Burley Lagoon to learn the opinions and concerns of landowners.

He regularly meets with ferry riders and fights to decrease the bloated ferry administration and maintain the crews necessary to keep the boats moving.

Seaquist is a proven leader, and we must keep him working for us in Olympia.

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