1st District senate candidate says he can win challenger’s voters

By Evan Smith

Democratic 1st Legislative District state senate candidate Guy Palumbo says that he can get support in November from people who supported fellow Democrat Luis Moscoso in the Aug. 2 primary election.

Palumbo qualified for the general election by placing second in the primary with State Rep. Moscoso third. Republican Mindie Wirth led the primary with 40 percent of the primary votes to Palumbo’s 31 percent and Moscoso’s 29 percent.

Palumbo and Wirth now will run on the Nov. 8 general-election ballot for the position that State Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe is vacating after six two-year terms. Democrat Shelley Kloba and Republican Jim Langston will run for the position in the State House of Representatives that Moscoso is giving up after three two-year terms.

Palumbo said Sunday that he believes that people who supported Moscoso in the primary would see that the two Democrats represent the same values.

“Rep. Moscoso and I overwhelmingly share the same views on the issues facing the voters of the 1st Legislative District,” Palumbo said, adding, “However, I will not take it for granted that I will automatically receive the support of Rep. Moscoso’s voters. I will continue to doorbell the district and listen to the concerns of all voters and let them know I share their priorities – funding our public schools, getting our roadways moving again and protecting our limited tax dollars.

“There is a stark contrast between the two remaining candidates and it’s important that our senator represents the values of the voters in the 1st Legislative District. The district believes in LGBTQ rights, common-sense gun safety reforms, combating climate change and holding corporations accountable for the tax breaks they receive. When given the choice between the two candidates, I feel confident that voters in the 1st District will choose the one that best represents their values.”

The 1st Legislative District includes most of Mountlake Terrace, all of Brier and Bothell, north Kirkland, unincorporated areas of King County between Bothell and Kirkland, and unincorporated areas of Snohomish County north and east of Bothell including the Maltby area.

Evan Smith can be reached at schsmith@frontier.com.

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