Legislators represent all District 30 residents

In response to Sam Hamilton’s letter to the editor on March 24 about the 30th District’s March 11 town hall meeting, I was amused by the heading “Town hall was a partisan event.” Seriously?!

There is no doubt that the November 2016 election did bring us, in the 30th District, two new rookie representatives. But it is certainly news to me that the people who didn’t vote for them now have no representation. Say what?

Sam, say it isn’t so! I believe if you check with Mike and Kristine, you’ll discover that not only do they represent Democrats, they are the representatives for Republicans, Independents and even the pesky citizens who didn’t vote at all. Mike and Kristine represent not just Federal Way Democrats but also all the people within the 30th District boundaries: Federal Way, Algona, Pacific, Auburn, Des Moines and Milton (both King County and Pierce County).

Karen Clark’s letter a week earlier was astute in noting there was no Pledge of Allegiance. They are new at this, so that may have been an oversight. We’ll see.

Yes, Dems and Republicans do things differently. Republican events open with the pledge, a prayer and recognition of our veterans. We’re old school about respect.

Our new representatives did fine in answering questions, and offering their staff to follow up with more information.

Issues can be addressed from varying perspectives, and there is a lot we all agree on, but the policies and solutions are not the same.

Nevertheless, any town hall is not a partisan event. It is a public meeting of the people of the 30th Legislative District.

Maureen Bernardy, Federal Way

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