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Return Adam Smith to Congress | Editorial

In the Aug. 5 primary election, Federal Way voters will elect a representative to the U.S. House of Representatives for District 9.

Voters should base their decision on someone who knows the district, which stretches from Tacoma to Bellevue.

That person is incumbent U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Bellevue. Now in his ninth term, the former prosecutor has a firm understanding of Federal Way and has shown leadership in Congress for years. Smith deserves re-election to continue his work serving District 9.

He makes customer service his No. 1 priority and is committed to working with people to solve problems, striving to overcome gridlock in Washington, D.C.

Smith serves as ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee and has advocated for military personnel and their families. He has worked to ensure the Pentagon spends taxpayer dollars efficiently.

Regarding global climate change, Smith believes the U.S. should lead by example and help develop efficient energy, such as clean coal, and sell these technologies to other countries. He also sees income inequality as a huge economic problem and believes the nation is losing consumers by shrinking the middle class.

Three other candidates are on the ballot, all with some potential.

Donovan “Don” Rivers, a Democrat who lives in Seattle, is a minister and founder of the Board for All Clergy, All Community, Advisory Council.

Through this organization, Rivers has been hailed a champion in finding solutions and settling differences between the criminal justice system and diverse community members by providing mediation with the help of local clergy.  His motto is that money doesn’t rule him; success does.

Republican candidate Doug Basler, of Kent, is running to unseat Smith, who he believes is a career politician. Basler said the No. 1 issue facing the country is fiscal responsibility and he is committed to working to protect jobs by protecting the strong local and regional economy.

Independent candidate Mark Greene is founder of the so-called Revived Citizens Party and appeals to some Democrats. A writer and legal assistant, Greene touts that he stands for the “common” man and woman and is “not a water-carrier for big business special interests.”

But District 9 needs a seasoned veteran who knows the system and can best serve our area.  Smith is a solid choice for District 9 and the Mirror endorses re-electing him.

Contact the Mirror’s editorial board: editorialboard@fedwaymirror.com

 

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