This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.
Three candidates with strong name recognition have the upper hand headed into the November elections for 29th Legislative District seats.
They also have our endorsement.
Longtime Democratic lawmakers Steve Kirby and Steve Conway want to return to the Legislature, with Conway wanting to trade up to a seat in the Senate.
Kirby, a former Tacoma City Councilman, is running for his sixth term in the state House. He is chairman of the House Insurance, Financial Services and Consumer Protection committee.
Kirby’s challenger, Republican Jesse Miller, owns a business managing rappers and is the former chair of the board at the Statewide Poverty Action Network.
She’s not a stranger to the legislative process – Miller has championed legislation to make it easier for felons to have their voting rights restored and to impose stiffer regulations on payday lenders.
But Kirby has a better sense of what it takes to get deals done. As chairman of the banking committee, he pushed through compromise legislation on payday lending that – while it didn’t satisfy Miller – offered good consumer protections.