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Roach v. Richardson v. Bunk? If only

Post by Kim Bradford on Sep. 24, 2010 at 10:14 am |
September 24, 2010 5:41 pm

The reconstituted Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorial board has weighed in on a race that’s flummoxed many editorial writers, not to mention voters: the 31st district contest between state Sen. Pam Roach and Sumner City Councilman Matt Richardson.

Calling the race a choice of “Vulgarity vs. Obscenity,” the P-I board says it couldn’t bring itself to endorse either of “these seriously flawed candidates.” Instead, the editorial board suggests, voters should write in the name of Raymond Bunk, a Democrat who was eliminated in the primary election.

Bunk, a Federal Way police officer, is an excellent choice; we endorsed him in the primary along with fellow Democrat Ron Weigelt. Unfortunately, Bunk is not eligible to win. According to the Secretary of State’s office, Washington’s “sore loser” law prohibits election officials from counting votes for failed primary candidates in the general election.

It is a wonder, though, that an eligible write-in option has not emerged in that district. The race is ripe for a third choice.

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