Opinion

EDITORIAL: Flygare and Asay for state representative

The Mirror’s editorial board applauds the candidates in District 30 for running positive campaigns in 2012. The candidates worked hard for several months to meet voters and listen to their concerns. Regardless of who wins each race, voters can be confident that each candidate has a passion to serve the public.

State representative, position 1

For state representative position 1, voters will choose between Republican Linda Kochmar and Democrat Roger Flygare. Kochmar has a decades-long history in local government, including election to the Federal Way City Council and involvement with key municipal projects. Flygare has a decades-long career as a small businessman, with experience in lobbying for legislation.

The Mirror recommended Flygare in the primary election, and will do so again for the general election. Both candidates would work hard for the people of District 30 and make education a top priority. Kochmar’s integrity and dedication to public service are admirable.

However, the deciding factor is Flygare’s business experience. He demonstrates a deeper understanding of what a business owner needs in order to grow and employ more people. Small businesses are the backbone of the state’s economy. The state needs legislators whose decisions are informed by a background in small business.

That being said, Flygare’s misstatements about his military service nearly cost him this endorsement. Flygare needs to work on his history lessons. Accuracy will be the key to success at the next level.

State representative, position 2

For state representative position 2, voters will choose between incumbent Republican Katrina Asay and Democrat Roger Freeman.

Asay served as mayor of Milton during a budget crisis, and was elected to the state House two years ago. Freeman, an attorney who works with at-risk families, was elected to the Federal Way City Council in 2009.

The Mirror recommended Asay in the primary election, and will do so again for the general election. Freeman is a bright and eloquent speaker with a passion for serving the less fortunate. However, Asay presents a more focused plan of action for job creation and fiscal reform. She worked diligently during her first term to see these through. Asay has demonstrated a practical approach to legislation through bills related to crime and quality of life. Voters have not been given any reason to replace her. Asay has earned another two years in Olympia.

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The Mirror’s editorial board: Rudi Alcott, publisher; Andy Hobbs, editor; Joann Piquette, retired and community advocate; Matthew Jarvis, business owner; Nandell Palmer, author; Bob Dockstader, retired attorney; Amye Bronson-Doherty, former school board member. Contact the board: editorialboard@federalwaymirror.com

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