We ran out of room in the editorial column today, so we’re posting this endorsement here. We’ll run it in the printed edition sometime soon.
Give Republicans Terry Harder and Steven Cook their props. It’s been too long since any candidate threw his hat in the ring against Tacoma Reps. Steve Conway or Steve Kirby.
Democracy depends on voters having choices, and on that basis, we cheer their candidacies.
Unfortunately, we can’t also recommend them to voters. Cook, a pastor and former George City Councilman, and Harder, an account manager for Office Depot and co-founder of Operation Support Our Troops, are credible candidates who might make fine lawmakers in time.
But it takes more than promise to overcome Kirby’s and Conway’s considerable advantage given their years in the Legislature. Their committee chairmanships give them pull that benefits the district.
They remain the best picks for 29th voters.