Litzow, Maxwell for state representatives
November 1, 2012
Newcastle voters face some clear choices in the legislative races on the Nov. 6 ballot. If you haven’t yet voted, here is more food for thought.
State Senate — Steve Litzow
Republican Steve Litzow was elected to represent the 41st District just 22 months ago. Already, Litzow has shown leadership on diverse issues — education reform and same-sex marriage among them — and the capacity to ably represent his constituents. Most notably, Litzow played a key role in bringing together both political parties to agree on a state budget. He has demonstrated his ability to work across the aisle for the good of his district. He deserves the opportunity to return for a full term.
Opponent Maureen Judge is an articulate, intelligent candidate, and we encourage her to seek public office again in the future.
State House of Representatives,
Position 1 — Marcie Maxwell
Democrat Marcie Maxwell serves her district well by acting as a genuine community representative. Residents in Issaquah, Sammamish, Newcastle and other cities throughout the district are as apt to meet her at community functions as residents in her hometown, Renton. Every district should be so lucky as to have an elected official that has the time to devote to community outreach and understanding.
Challenger Tim Eaves wears his heart on his sleeve when it comes to his commitment to serve, but Maxwell is the better choice.
Urquhart for sheriff
The sheriff’s office is mired in problems with personnel, policies and procedures — all brought to light in recent audits. The next sheriff has a paramount duty to correct the issues and restore public confidence in the agency.
Neither candidate is ideal, but both Sheriff Steve Strachan and John Urquhart offer a deep respect for the agency and its mission to protect and serve.
We support Urquhart, whose strength is in his skill to communicate the agency’s mission and priorities to elected leaders in King County and Olympia, deputies in the field and, most importantly, to the public.