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Tag: Bruce Dammeier

Oct.
14th

Our choices for the 2nd and 25th legislative districts

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

Politically, Pierce County’s 2nd and 25th legislative districts look red and purple. The November election will tell us just how red and how purple.

The 2nd is rural and conservative. It encompasses a strip of East Thurston County, including Yelm, and an enormous swath of southeast Pierce County, including Eatonville and Mount Rainier.

The district’s Senate seat is now held by Republican Randi Becker of Eatonville, who ousted Democrat Marilyn Rasmussen four years ago. She has a strong Democratic challenger in Bruce Lachney of Eatonville – a farmer, retired airline pilot and former member of the Eatonville School Board.

He’d be a fine state senator. We’re inclined to stick to Becker, a retired medical clinic administrator, who’s now had four years of experience in this office and has seen some successes despite being in the Senate minority.

The state redistricting commission gave the district a windfall last year when it drew state Rep. Gary Alexander out of the 20th and into the 2nd.
Alexander, a career budget manager who now works as Thurston County’s deputy auditor of finance, is the senior Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee.

He’s a bulldog, and his influence will serve the area well. His Democratic opponent, Greg Hartman of Graham, should be thanked for making this a contest, but Alexander is the clear choice in this race for Position 1.

Speaking of competition, Republican J.T. Wilcox has none in Position 2.
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July
15th

Our choices in 2nd and 25th District legislative races

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

Democrats have their work cut out for them if they hope to win back seats in two Republican-leaning East Pierce County legislative districts.

Even the fact that the D’s have two standout candidates might not be enough. In recent years, the 2nd and 25th districts’ legislative seats have gone almost all Republican, with the only Democrat remaining being the 25th’s Jim Kastama. He’s running for secretary of state instead of for re-election to his Senate seat, so the two districts might turn completely Republican in November.

• In the 2nd District, incumbent Republican state Sen. Randi Becker of Eatonville is seeking a second term. She’s being challenged by another Republican, James E. Vaughn of Orting. In 2008, Vaughn ran as a Democrat against Congressman Dave Reichert. Read more »

Sep.
27th

The 25th district should send Dammeier, Morrell back to Olympia

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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