As you drive around town the campaign litter is starting to appear. I’m not putting signs up during the primary, so I’m sending you this virtual yard sign instead. (These are left over from 2 years ago…) I am running for re-election, and I hope you’ll vote for me in the primary. It’s often hard to know how to make up your mind in not very prominent elections like this, so some tidbits that might help you decide:
- I’m rated “Outstanding” by the non-partisan Municipal League. This is their highest rating. My opponent is rated “not-qualified.”
- I have a long list of endorsements from business, labor, education, healthcare, and environmental groups.
- The Stranger endorsed me. It’s dangerous to include links to their writing as it is not always “family-friendly.” Read at your own risk. (The comments are pretty funny though.)
You can read both my and my opponent’s candidate statement on the on-line voter’s pamphlet (actual pamphlets in the primary were a casualty of budget cuts during the recession.) You will have to click on “Legislative Candidates” and scroll to the end for the 48th District. It’s worth reading these 200 word statements – most of us actually put enough time into them that you can get a good sense of what we do and don’t care about. I’d urge you to read both mine and my opponent’s.
Of course, you might want legislators to have actual opinions on policy issues, and to share them with you. I over-share on my policy blog www.rosshunter.info. Lots of stuff in there about budgets, education policy and funding, mental health care, Medicaid, you name it.
In the past 4 years as the budget chairman in the House I’ve been responsible for negotiating the budget with my Republican counterparts in the Senate. Unlike the “Other Washington” we have been able to come to agreement between the parties and keep the state moving forward. I’m not 100% pleased with all of the compromises, but I am very pleased that we were able to come to agreement, that we have a budget that complies with the strongest balanced-budget law in the nation, and one that received large bipartisan majorities in both the House and Senate.
As an unrepentant policy wonk I’d be honored to earn your vote, and I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I answer my own mail.