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Impressive candidates for attorney general, secretary of state

Post by Cheryl Tucker on June 3, 2012 at 4:44 am with 2 Comments »
June 1, 2012 1:10 pm

Attorney General Rob McKenna, you might have heard, is running for a different office this year. And Secretary of State Sam Reed is retiring. But don’t worry about those offices; each has impressive candidates aspiring to fill them if our endorsement interviews are any indication.

On Thursday, we talked with the major-party secretary of state candidates – Democrats Jim Kastama, Greg Nickels and Kathleen Drew and Republican Kim Wyman. We’ll be endorsing two of them in the Aug. 7 primary.

We treat this as a party primary, even though the top two vote-getters, whatever their party, will advance to the Nov. 6 general election). So Wyman, the Thurston County auditor, will be our Republican choice as no other R’s are in the race. We’ll choose among the three Democrats for the second endorsement. It won’t be easy; all three are strong contenders in different ways.

We were also impressed with two attorney general candidates, King County Councilmen Bob Ferguson, D, and Reagan Dunn, R. Both have strong legal credentials and either would be a fine choice for voters.

We’ll make our endorsements in July, around the time ballots are mailed out (July 20).


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  1. bradpwa says:

    Kathleen Drew is the state left’s mini Sarah Palin like figure of the moment. An empty vessel, no experience, but a great actor who plays to the worse elements in the party. Wyman is well qualified as is Kastama and Nickels. It blows my mind we are even talking about Drew.

  2. kmortland says:

    Both the Attorney General’s office and the Secretary of State’s office require a specific skill set. Stands to reason the Attorney General should be a successful lawyer with both criminal and civil law experience. You mention that both candidates have strong legal credentials.

    The Secretary of State is the state’s chief elections officer. Stands to reason that the Secretary of State should be a certified elections officer and have experience in both voter registration and running elections. You failed to mention that only Kim Wyman is a certified elections officer and has had more than 20 years of experience in managing elections. None of the Democrats have either the training or the experience.

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