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Tag: 31st Legislative District

Oct.
15th

Our endorsements in 30th and 31st district House races

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

Four state House seats are up for grabs Nov. 6 in the 30th and 31st legislative districts.

The districts have geography and politics in common. Both include parts of King and Pierce counties, and both are swing districts that send Democrats and Republicans to the Legislature.

The 30th District’s population center is Federal Way in South King County and includes a small chunk of northern Pierce County. The 31st includes Auburn, Enumclaw, Edgewood, Bonney Lake, Buckley and Sumner.

Here are our endorsements:

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Sep.
29th

Hurst, Bunney and, yes, Roach in the 31st district

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

Voters in the 31st Legislative District – which straddles Pierce and King counties and includes the cities of Sumner, Bonney Lake and Auburn – are an unpredictable lot. Just look at how they voted in the August primary.

Somehow, given a field of four candidates for state Senate, 31st district voters opted to send the two candidates with the most baggage to the Nov. 2 general election.

They shunned police officer Raymond Bunk and former Buckley City Councilman Ron Weigelt, going instead for embattled Republican incumbent Pam Roach of Auburn and Matt Richardson, another Republican and a member of the Sumner City Council. He has been slammed with allegations of personal, sexual, professional and ethical misconduct.

Given that choice, The News Tribune editorial board recommends voting for Roach and hoping that she spends the next four years building bridges – not burning more of them. Richardson is not an option.
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Sep.
24th

Roach v. Richardson v. Bunk? If only

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

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Sep.
21st

Democrats endorsing Pam Roach? Yes, hell has frozen over

First we had Republican Steve Vermillion endorsing Democratic incumbent state Rep. Dawn Morrell over Republican Hans Zeiger in the 25th district. (Read about it here.) Now three of the 31st district’s most prominent Democrats are endorsing a Republican for state Senate – and Pam Roach at that.

It’s not that they like Roach all that much; in fact, they call their decision to endorse her a “painful” one. It’s just that they really don’t like her Republican opponent, Sumner City Councilman Matt Richardson.

Richardson has been in the news lately for questionable use of city e-mail

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Aug.
11th

Sumner councilman’s e-mails show poor judgment

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

Matt Richardson was apparently aware that messages written on the City of Sumner’s e-mail system are public records – aware enough that the city councilman devised a code for communicating certain information.

“… conversations about business are good here,” he wrote in 2008 to a city volunteer. “Personal things like meeting me at the Seattle Westin room 1708 on May 10 at 3, could be broken down to SWR1708-5/10-3.”

Richardson wasn’t as clever as he’d hoped: He detailed his plan to evade public disclosure in a public document.

The Sumner councilman’s bumbling, brazen attempt at obfuscation is now among the e-mail messages being reviewed by the state auditor’s office for possible ethical violations. Sumner’s code of ethics bans the use of city property for “personal convenience or profit.”

The e-mails were brought to the auditor’s attention by Chris Clifford, a supporter of state Sen. Pam Roach, whose re-election Richardson is challenging.

Clifford alleges the emails detail an extramarital dalliance between Richardson and the city volunteer.

Perhaps, perhaps not. Richardson claims the two are just friends and liked to joke about their “affair.” The only two people who probably know the truth are Richardson and the woman.

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July
21st

Our choices in 31st Legislative District races

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

One quirk of Washington’s “top two” primary is that both candidates who advance to the Nov. 2 ballot in a given race may be from the same party.

That’s exactly the outcome The News Tribune editorial board is recommending in two races in the 31st Legislative District, which straddles Pierce and King counties and includes Bonney Lake, Sumner, Auburn, Buckley, Enumclaw and Edgewood.

• In the state Senate race, either of the two Democrats running against controversial incumbent Pam Roach would be an improvement on a lawmaker who’s been sanctioned by her own Senate Republican colleagues.
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