Letters to the Editor

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Tag: 2nd Legislative District

Oct.
29th

ELECTION: Hartman won’t be afraid to cross party lines

The partisan gridlock choking Congress has spread to Olympia. Pierce County and the 2nd Legislative District suffer because some legislators are unwilling to work with the other party or drop ideological demands. Because of strict party loyalty, the Legislature failed to pass a road improvement package and failed to fund our small-town schools.

Voters in the 2nd District can change this. Greg Hartman is running to serve us. As a firefighter, he spent his career solving actual problems. Problems aren’t Republican or Democratic. Neither are the solutions. Hartman knows that, and he will cross party lines for us.

His opponent, Graham

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Oct.
6th

ELECTION: Where are women’s issues?

As someone who fought for women’s rights in the past, I find myself concerned that they seem to be ignored in our local elections. Federal elections, especially elsewhere, seem to be more concerned with important women’s issues, but not so much here in Washington at the state level.

I have looked up local candidates and have only found one, 2nd Legislative District candidate Greg Hartman, who is running to specifically address women’s issues as a priority. The others seem to emphasize families as an issue of concern, but non-specifically; “small businesses,” which apparently include well-established corporations; guns; and property rights

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July
28th

ELECTION: Hartman has district’s interests at heart

I urge my neighbors to vote for Greg Hartman as state representative from the 2nd Legislative District. He has spent a career in public service: as a military veteran, a firefighter and a deputy fire chief. His ongoing community service includes volunteering as a gun range safety officer, and he has 20 years of strategic planning experience.

Hartman will put us first, finding common-sense solutions to break Olympia’s partisan gridlock. He knows our children deserve completely funded schools and that women deserve to make their own health care decisions. Economic growth in the 2nd District depends on better

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Oct.
26th

ELECTION: Rasmussen better for County Council

The News Tribune’s endorsement of Marilyn Rasmussen for the Pierce County Council (editorial, 10-19) is appropriate, and any reservations the editorial board has should be put to rest by her tireless work ethic on behalf of her constituents.

I found this in working with her when she was in the state Senate on community concerns including education, public safety and traffic safety on the Mountain Highway and many other issues. Rasmussen crossed the aisle on many occasions to get 2nd District work done, and she was always there to work with us.

Jim McCune, by contrast, moved to the

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Oct.
22nd

ELECTION: Lachney launches misleading political ad

I received a mailing from 2nd District candidate Bruce Lachney suggesting that state Sen. Randi Becker could pass a four-day school week law. Becker is a Republican. The Democrats’ control of our state government ensures that only Democratic-sponsored bills would even be considered.

This non-issue is aimed at Eatonville School District voters. Last year, as a result of budget reductions, a four-day school week, along with other options, was thoughtfully considered by the district, with parent and teacher input. The four-day school week was discarded as unfeasible and unsupported by parents of our district’s schoolchildren.

It appears that if you

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Oct.
11th

ELECTION: A reason to vote for Becker

I would like to offer a personal reason to vote for Randi Becker for state senator in the 2nd District.

When my son was 6, we had very little insurance to cover his autism, developmental delays and neuromuscular disease. We paid more than we had for his medical bills, and he needed more than we could continue to provide for him.

During the 2008 election, I had a letter for each candidate explaining what we needed for him and asking for help. Each door knocker made huge promises to ensure us our family could get help. Becker listened genuinely to

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July
27th

ELECTION: Becker deserves re-election in 2nd District

Instead of a split endorsement (editorial, 7-16), 2nd District state Sen. Randi Becker deserves The News Tribune’s full support. She proved her mettle when she defeated Marilyn Rasmussen, a fixture in Olympia for two decades, by a wide margin in her first election four years ago.

Becker has been an attentive and effective servant of her constituents for the past four years. She has proven her ability to work across party lines and get things done. Becker is not a politician by trade; she is a genuine person who truly cares about the future of our state and beloved

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Oct.
11th

ELECTION: 2nd District needs Marilyn Rasmussen

When Roger Bush left the Legislature to run for Pierce County Council, Jim McCune, an appointed legislator who lost the election in Des Moines, decided to move to Graham and run for Bush’s seat. McCune was a stranger to the district.

Now the 2nd District has a chance to replace him with a savvy, successful and experienced lawmaker who has proven herself over and over to be a great defender of our needs, Marilyn Rasmussen. She sees, listens and has gone to bat over and over for us.

She has brought school funding, road projects and community safety legislation. She

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