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Tag: 29th Legislative District

Oct.
17th

Our endorsements in 27th and 29th district races

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

There’s no safer bet in this year’s election than on a Democrat winning in two Tacoma-area districts, the 27th and 29th.

For one thing, no Republicans will be on the ballot in two of the four races to be determined Nov. 6. And in the two races that do include a GOP candidate, the Republicans’ chances of prevailing in these majority Democratic districts are slim.

Of Washington’s 49 legislative districts, the 27th – which includes Tacoma’s North End – is the seventh most Democratic-leaning. One would have to live in some parts of Seattle to be in a bluer district.

• Two Democrats are facing off in what has turned out to be one of the more contentious races this year, for the state Senate seat being vacated by Debbie Regala. Read more »

Oct.
3rd

Ladenburg, Kirby and Conway in the 29th district

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

Three candidates with strong name recognition have the upper hand headed into the November elections for 29th Legislative District seats.

They also have our endorsement.

Longtime Democratic lawmakers Steve Kirby and Steve Conway want to return to the Legislature, with Conway wanting to trade up to a seat in the Senate.

Kirby, a former Tacoma City Councilman, is running for his sixth term in the state House. He is chairman of the House Insurance, Financial Services and Consumer Protection committee.

Kirby’s challenger, Republican Jesse Miller, owns a business managing rappers and is the former chair of the board at the Statewide Poverty Action Network.

She’s not a stranger to the legislative process – Miller has championed legislation to make it easier for felons to have their voting rights restored and to impose stiffer regulations on payday lenders.

But Kirby has a better sense of what it takes to get deals done. As chairman of the banking committee, he pushed through compromise legislation on payday lending that – while it didn’t satisfy Miller – offered good consumer protections.

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