Legislative candidates tout their ideas

Incumbent 32nd District Democratic State Rep Cindy Ryu faces a challenge from Republican Randy Hayden in the Nov. 6 general election, and 1st District Democratic State Rep. Luis Moscoso faces Mark Davies, who is endorsed by local Republicans but will appear on the ballot with no party preference because he qualified for November as an unregistered write-in candidate in the primary.

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

The 32nd District includes Lynnwood, part of Mountlake Terrace, south Edmonds, Woodway, nearby unincorporated areas of southwest Snohomish County, Shoreline and part of northwest Seattle.

Here are statements on campaign issues from the four candidates. I’ll present statements from candidates in other races in future weeks.

1st Legislative District representative, position 2

Mark Davies: “It is of utmost importance to bring our state’s fiscal house in order. The can has been kicked down the road long enough. We need strict performance audits of all state agencies and adherence to their recommendations. We also need to cut the regulatory burden on business in order to encourage the creation of more private sector jobs and increase our competitiveness worldwide.

“Our existing high tech, manufacturing and agricultural industries in Washington must be preserved. Reducing traffic congestion on our highways has to once again be the priority of our Department of Transportation. Improved traffic flow will allow the goods and services of businesses to move at the lowest possible cost.

“Local control should be returned to our public schools and we must continue to protect public safety.

“As Washingtonians we need to rely on ourselves and God first, our families second, charities third, and government last!”

Luis Moscoso: “It has been an honor serving the residents of the 1st Legislative District as your state representative. With so many families struggling to make ends meet, I will continue working to create jobs and rebuilding our economy. Last year, I helped pass the ‘Jobs Act,’ which brings 1,800 new jobs to our county to fix our roads and bridges, and repair infrastructure for the future. We are continuing to rebuild our economy, but we also must equip our workforce with skills to compete in the global marketplace. Our local business and industry demands skilled workers to promote job growth and empower a strong middle class in the 1st District. Finally, I will continue to support fully funding education, providing our classrooms with the resources and teachers our kids deserve so they have the best chance to succeed when they graduate. I would be honored again to earn your vote.”

32nd Legislative District representative, position 1

Randy Hayden: “One of the biggest responsibilities of government is to spend our money wisely. I believe our elected officials have failed us, that’s why I’m running for office. My opponent wants to raise taxes I want to make our government run more efficient and cut wasteful spending before we consider raising taxes. As the owner of two small businesses, I will focus on taking some of the unnecessary regulations off of small businesses. Washington state has the second highest failure rate of small businesses in the nation. By eliminating wasteful spending and helping small businesses, we will have a tax base that will be able to support our schools, elderly, handicapped and those with drug and alcohol problems. Good government balances compassion with responsibility, it’s time to elect a leader who will make the difficult decisions that our state is facing. Randy Hayden State Representative Position 1.”

Cindy Ryu: “I’ve been honored to serve in the Legislature the past two years. I have helped set priorities for our state that will sustain our schools, support small businesses that create jobs, protect our communities and their natural environment, and maintain a safety net for our most vulnerable neighbors.

“Passing laws is not an abstract exercise for I understand how the decisions made every day in Olympia affect the lives of people across the district and throughout our state. As a former city council member, mayor, and small business owner, I’ve dealt with local needs and concerns. Local experience and background has guided me at the state level.

“As we move toward economic recovery, we must ensure that our state makes the wisest use of our resources to grow a brighter future.

“I ask for your support to continue our efforts in keeping Washington state moving forward towards sustainable economic recovery.”

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

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