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For Gig Harbor: Tim Payne, Derek Young

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

From its beginnings as a fishing and boat-building village, Gig Harbor has been one of the most distinctive and picturesque communities in Washington.

It’s been struggling for many years to preserve its character in the face of relentless growth. Now it’s also struggling to make ends meet, its budget riddled by recession-driven declines in sales tax collections and other revenue streams.

It says something about the citizens’ confidence in their leadership that only two of the five City Council members up for election this year have drawn challengers. It also says something good about the city that both of those incumbents are high caliber – and both their opponents as well.

When an incumbent is doing a good job, our inclination is to stick with him or her. We’re endorsing the re-election of Tim Payne in Position 1 and Derek Young in Position 3.
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