This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.
The 26th Legislative District, west of the Narrows, is rural and suburban. The 29th, dominated by Tacoma’s southern neighborhoods, is working class and gritty.
What they have common are lively Democratic primary races for the state House of Representatives.
In the 26th – which encompasses the Gig Harbor and Key peninsulas, as well as Port Orchard – Republican Rep. Jan Angel has no challenger from within her own party. But two Democrats, Stephen Greer and Karin Ashabraner, are after her seat.
Greer of Wauna is an attorney and former deputy prosecutor. He cites community service as a volunteer mentor at Kitsap County Youth Services, as a member of
Pierce Olympic College’s human services advisory committee and as a representative of crime victims.
Ashabraner is a Gig Harbor teacher, former assistant city administrator and Army veteran. For the last four years, she has served as president of the Peninsula School District’s teachers union.
Both are smart and capable. We prefer Greer; we believe that, if elected, he would demonstrate more independence from his party’s leadership and from public unions.
In the district’s Position 2, a contest between Republican Doug Richards and Democrat Larry Seaquist will be decided in November.
• The Democratic face-off for Position 1 in the 29th District pits the very liberal David Sawyer against the very liberal Ben Lawver; both are Tacomans.
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