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Tag: Bertha Fitzer


Many candidates silent on open government

If government accountability and transparency matter to you (as they should), head over to the Washington Coalition for Open Government’s website to see which candidates have gone on the record about making state and local government more accessible.

WCOG quizzed candidates around the state on 11 key priorities, many of them proposals for changes to state law. Among the 80 or so who responded, I count nine South Sound candidates (in addition to a couple of candidates who were eliminated in the primary election). That leaves a whole lot of questionnaires that have gone unreturned by the people vying

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Mark Lindquist for Pierce County prosecutor

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

Voters face what could be a tough decision when they pick their prosecutor in November.

The race pits incumbent-by-appointment Mark Lindquist against Bertha Fitzer, who resigned her deputy prosecutor position in August to run against her boss. Both are gifted lawyers who bring very different résumés to the race.

The smart and talented Lindquist knows how to get what he wants, whether that be the office he now holds or the successful literary career he has pursued as a sideline. He’s been endorsed by former governors Booth Gardner and Dan Evans; former prosecutors John Ladenburg and Gerry Horne; U.S. Reps. Norm Dicks and Adam Smith – and what seems to be every other luminary in the political firmament.

Lindquist, our choice in the race, is certainly qualified for the job. He’s led the prosecutor’s drug unit and played a lead role in the county’s offensive against meth labs. He’s handled major felony trials, and he served as chief criminal deputy before Horne resigned and nominated Lindquist to take his place last year.
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