With Derek Kilmer moving to Congress, the appointment of Democrat Nathan Schlicher to the 26th district state Senate seat has consequences. One is that Schlicher must stand for re-election this fall. Another is that his bills had a fairly hard time getting passed in the Senate – as did those of Rep. Jan Angel in the House.
Angel, a Republican from Port Orchard, is expected to run this fall against Schlicher, an emergency room physician from Gig Harbor for the unexpired term. As my reporting partner Jordan Schrader reported today, both likely candidates had trouble passing bills that might help toll-payers who use the Narrows Bridge.
The story is here. An excerpt:
“There are games being played. I can’t say there isn’t,” Port Orchard Republican Angel said. Her rival, Gig Harbor Democrat Schlicher, similarly decried “stupid games” and concluded in frustration: “This is why people hate government.”