This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.
Incumbency has become a dirty word in some circles this year. We hope that’s not the case in the 25th Legislative District, whose two sitting House representatives are among the region’s best lawmakers.
In the 25th – the Puyallup area – state Rep. Bruce Dammeier is running for a second term in Position 1. Dammeier, a Puyallup Republican, is one of the South Sound’s strongest new legislators.
A Naval Academy graduate, he been a volunteer leader in many community organizations and institutions, including Good Samaritan Hospital and the Mel Korum YMCA. He served on the Puyallup School Board from 2001 to 2009.
Dammeier is a smart, congenial conservative with a keen interest in public education. He’s precisely the kind of presence this area needs in the House Republican caucus.
His Democratic opponent, John Thompson of Edgewood, has had an exceptional career as a union negotiator, local president and leader of the Pierce County Central Labor Council. Like the incumbent, he’s has an impressive record of community service. We just don’t think there’s a case for replacing Dammeier.
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