The state legislature is no picnic and we are faced with a challenge of choosing a successor to an excellent state representative, Renee Radcliffe. Renee resigned immediately after being re-elected for a number of personal reasons, but she did not hesitate to put her full endorsement behind Joe Marine. Rep. Marine went to Olympia with some big shoes to fill, but fill them he did. He worked effectively in an equally divided state legislature and managed to get work done.
Now we are faced with a challenge of retaining Joe Marine or replacing him with former Mukilteo Mayor, Brian Sullivan. Joe Marine has proven to be an independent voice and has worked across party lines to come up with solutions. Sullivan, in his last years in office, was characteristically uncooperative, divisive and unilateral when he was present at city meetings. Sullivan also managed to only attend a little more than 50 percent of his city meetings. When choosing our next representative for the 21st District, I hope you choose one who is independent minded, honest and will be there for us in these trying and uncertain times. Joe Marine is my choice and I hope he will be yours.