This letter is in response to a recent article in the Seattle Times that unnecessarily threw some dirt on our state Sen. Claire Wilson, along with another Democratic legislator and Emerge Washington.
If one reads the article closely, you may discern just how trifling the subject is — that is, a misunderstanding by Democratic staffers about using meeting spaces in public buildings by advocacy groups such as Emerge.
My concern is primarily for Wilson’s reputation, because I have followed her first year in the Legislature closely, and I’ve been impressed with her voting record in so many areas, including on issues that involve problems in the greater Federal Way area. Claire has devoted a huge amount of her life to her community, and many people have met her and talked to her because of her many years of service as a member of the Federal Way School Board. And as a state senator, Claire has made herself super-accessible to citizens of the 30th District.
As far as I could discern from the article, the misunderstanding over assigning meeting space didn’t involve any misuse of taxpayer funds at all; it was a tiny issue, and I wonder if some right-leaning organization “fed” that story to the Times, because both named legislators are Democrats and the advocacy organization is one that recruits and educates Democratic women who are interested in being candidates in office on how to run for office.
Our senator has worked hard for this area in her first year in the Legislature, and those of you who may have visited her office in Olympia would remember being warmly received and listened to. I will continue to stand with Claire, because she stands up for all the people of our area.