Opinion

EDITORIAL: Smith deserves another term in Congress

The Mirror recommends re-electing Adam Smith to represent the 9th Congressional District.

The top two finishers in the Aug. 7 primary election will move on to the general election in November. However, The Mirror chooses only one candidate for both elections.

Smith, a moderate Democrat, began serving in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1997. None of the other four challengers in this race have shown the credentials that indicate they could represent the 9th District.

The lack of serious contenders is a testament to Smith’s strength as an incumbent.

Smith presents a clear and level-headed understanding of the issues faced in the district and nation. During his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives, Smith has served as the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee. In 2012, he co-sponsored a bipartisan amendment to a defense bill, aimed at protecting citizens from government misinformation.

On the local level, Smith delivers. He helped secure federal funding for the Triangle Project — a key improvement to the region’s transportation infrastructure. The new freeway ramps at I-5 and State Route 18 will improve safety and efficiency when transporting people and goods.

The political mixture of the redrawn 9th District calls for a candidate with realistic solutions. In these divisive times, the citizens need candidates who can work with both sides of the aisle. The district does not need a party hardliner.

Voters are well-served by Smith and would be wise to re-elect him.

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