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Tag: Jan Angel

May
9th

Seeking power and fame? Filing week’s almost here

This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.

OK, that headline is a little deceptive. The offices that will be on the Aug. 6 primary and Nov. 6 general election ballots are, for the most part, the kind of local positions where people make the nuts-and-bolts decisions for cities, schools and other bodies.

If you’ve ever complained about local officials and said something like, “If it were up to me . . .,” this is the time to back up those words with action.

Filing week begins Monday (online or at the Pierce County auditor’s office kiosk) for the Aug.

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Feb.
3rd

Naming rights could alleviate, not solve funding shortages

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

Would you support renaming the Tacoma Narrows Bridge if it kept tolls from rising higher than they otherwise would?

What if it were renamed the Taco Bell Narrows Bridge and only kept the toll from increasing, say, by 25 cents?

It’s that kind of question that lawmakers must consider with House Bill 1050 and 1051, which would allow naming rights for public facilities and transportation infrastructure, respectively. Both are prime-sponsored by state Rep. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard; HB 1051 is co-sponsored by freshman Rep. Linda Kochmar, R-Federal Way. Read more »

Oct.
16th

Our endorsements in the 26th and 28th district legislative races

This editorial will run in Wednesday’s print edition.

Running for the Legislature in Washington’s 26th and 28th legislative districts is not for timid souls.

The two districts always feature spirited battles between Republicans and Democrats and routinely send candidates from both parties to Olympia. This year is not likely to be the exception.

The 26th encompasses the Gig Harbor Peninsula, the Key Peninsula and Port Orchard. Both House seats are contested.

• In Position 1, Rep. Jan Angel – a four-year veteran of the Legislature – is challenged by Karin Ashabraner of Gig Harbor, a board-certified middle school teacher active in the Peninsula Education Association.

This is a clean choice between a traditional Republican and a traditional Democrat. Angel is a small-business advocate who sounds like she’d rather have her fingernails torn out than raise taxes. Ashabraner won’t close the door on taxes, but – like almost all Democrats this year – prefers to talk about closing “loopholes” in the tax code.

Angel spent eight years as a Kitsap County commissioner before running for the house; her experience is a good reason to keep her. We aren’t persuaded that Ashabraner would be a trade up.

• Position 2 also offers a strong Republican, Doug Richards of Olalla, a battalion chief for the South Kitsap fire district.

But the incumbent Democrat, Rep. Larry Seaquist, is one of the best this region has elected to the Legislature.
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Oct.
4th

Kilmer, Seaquist and Angel for the 26th district

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

If this year’s primary election was any indication, voters in the swing district that encompasses the Gig Harbor and Key peninsulas are inclined to return their bipartisan trio of lawmakers to the Legislature.

They have the right idea. The 26th district won’t find a better mix of proven leadership, experience and representative politics.

Sen. Derek Kilmer, vice president of the Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board, is seeking his second term in the state Senate.

His opponent, Republican Marty McClendon, is a real estate broker who has never served in public office and offers simplistic answers for balancing the state budget. He is not ready for the Senate.

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