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Tag: Dane Looker

July
30th

When casting ballots, ignorance is dangerous

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

Here’s the polite way to put it: Voters who’ve done their homework on the candidates and issues deserve a warm glow of civic virtue as they fill out their ballots.

A less polite version: Citizens who don’t have a clue should either educate themselves or leave the job of self-government to the better informed.

Consider the unfortunate fact that Will Baker and Robert Hill are the sole challengers of, respectively, Ryan Mello and Lauren Walker, sitting members of the Tacoma City Council.

Baker and Hill both have criminal records. Hill stalks women, has grave mental health problems and appears fixated on guns. Last December, he was convicted of stalking; in 2008, he was convicted of felony forgery.

Despite the forgery conviction and a string of arrests, Hill ran for Pierce County sheriff that year; he finished far behind Sheriff Paul Pastor but won 52,000 votes and beat out a third candidate.

Repeat: 52,000 people in Pierce County voted for a felon instead of a professional law enforcement executive. Maybe they liked his name.
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