Litzow, Maxwell for state representatives

November 1, 2012

By Staff

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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.

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One Response to “Litzow, Maxwell for state representatives”

  1. Rebecca Hodge Strand on April 1st, 2013 4:14 pm

    Before the Newcastle News decides in their capacity to gush all over US Congressman Adam Smith’s visit to our city, I hope you consider the following:
    – his presentation was amateur and we expected more
    (Did not even use a mike until 45 minutes into the hour presentation at the NEW Hazelwood Elementary which was probably equipped with a pull down screen, mike, a smart board, etc.)
    (Turned his back on half the audience seated to the left of him and we could not even hear the questions as he did not repeat questions, and we did not even hear the responses for the most part)
    (Cut members of the audience short when topics annoyed him like immigration and trying to look out for our own legal residents before taking on the illegals)

    With this in mind, please use caution before gushing about his “great” visit as our representative to an area that has voted more conservatively lots of times .

    As my brother from Indiana says, “Washington appears to be a state for perverts and potheads and illegals and I am ashamed to admit I come from there.”

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