My mailbox has been filling up with a new species of negative campaigning: the “personal” letter from Port Orchard supporters of Jan Angel that either lie about Nathan Schlicher’s political views or complain that her views are the subject of lying by the Schlicher campaign. They then try to inflate Angel’s modest to nonexistent accomplishments during her several years in office.
Do away with negative campaigning. The 26th District is full of well-educated people who know how to evaluate evidence. They also know how to evaluate a candidate’s clear, positive statement of what legislation they will initiate/support to solve those problems.
Here’s a short list: adequate social safety net (affordable health care, extended unemployment benefits, robust K-12 education); increased funding/access to public higher education – the University of Washington is a jewel among universities, and it offers far too few slots in engineering and computer science; and transportation infrastructure (highways, mass transit, ports).
Competitiveness, productivity and large-scale job creation are essential to growth in the district and in the state. Let’s focus on the skills and infrastructure landscape needed to make start-up firms that are small now take root and grow large. Washington state has a good track record (think Amazon, biotech); let’s elect Schlicher, whose views align with what is needed.