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Jinkins drops first TV spot in 27th; taps anti-incumbency mood

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on Oct. 11, 2010 at 11:52 am with No Comments »
October 11, 2010 1:44 pm

According to her Twitter account, Democrat Laurie Jinkins will air her first TV spot today in the battle for the 27th District House seat.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the ad attempts to tap into the prevailing anti-incumbent mood that’s been forecast for this campaign season.

The spot opens: “The status quo just isn’t working …”

Yet it’s not as if Jinkins’ opponent is an incumbent — at least not for the state house gig Jinkins’ is vying for.

She faces fellow Democrat and current Tacoma City Councilman Jake Fey, in the race for the vacated seat that represents the Democratic stronghold covering east, central and north Tacoma and parts of Fife. Rep. Dennis Flannigan, who had held the 27th District seat since 2002, opted to retire.

And though this is Jinkins’ first run for elected office, it’s not as if she’s a political neophyte. A former assistant state Attorney General and currently the deputy director of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Jinkins’ resume is fat with ties to campaigns, boards, commissions and institutions.

Among her service, Jinkins has been a longtime trustee (and current chair) of the Tacoma Community College Board, she co-chaired Washington’s Referendum 71 campaign for domestic partnership last year and chaired Tacoma’s Charter Commission in 2004.

(She has also served on the boards of Seattle University School of Law, Tacoma Community House, Tacoma-Pierce County American Leadership Forum, Fair Housing Washington, the Tacoma-Pierce County YWCA and the African American Museum, her web biography says).

And no — while the new 30-second spot calls for status quo change — you’re eyes aren’t deceiving you: That is, in fact, longtime State Auditor and career Pierce County pol Brian Sonntag with kind words and his arm around Jinkins at the ad’s end.

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