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Tag: Laurie Jinkins

Oct.
17th

Our endorsements in 27th and 29th district races

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

There’s no safer bet in this year’s election than on a Democrat winning in two Tacoma-area districts, the 27th and 29th.

For one thing, no Republicans will be on the ballot in two of the four races to be determined Nov. 6. And in the two races that do include a GOP candidate, the Republicans’ chances of prevailing in these majority Democratic districts are slim.

Of Washington’s 49 legislative districts, the 27th – which includes Tacoma’s North End – is the seventh most Democratic-leaning. One would have to live in some parts of Seattle to be in a bluer district.

• Two Democrats are facing off in what has turned out to be one of the more contentious races this year, for the state Senate seat being vacated by Debbie Regala. Read more »

Oct.
5th

One close call, one easy pick in the 27th District

This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.

What we’re about to do is patently unfair.

The News Tribune is endorsing Laurie Jinkins for the open House seat in the 27th Legislative District.

Jinkins, the deputy director of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, every bit deserves our endorsement. But so does her opponent, Tacoma City Councilman Jake Fey.

Jinkins and Fey, both Democrats, are two of the strongest candidates running for Legislature this year in any race. We’d take them over some incumbents.

But voters can’t mark two names on their ballots. There has to be a tie breaker, and this was it for us: Tacoma needs Fey on the City Council, where he has become one of the few council members with the tenure and inclination to ask critical questions.

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