Don’t appoint, let voters decide

Mike Wilson, who has been educating and coaching children in Snohomish County for 35-plus years, has earned my vote for state representative. My three children had Mike for government and U.S. history at Cascade High School. I always made it a habit to poll my kids on what Mike had to say about history and politics. I wanted my kids to think for themselves. I didn’t want just one point of view pushed upon them.

What impresses me about Mike Wilson is the fact he leads very balanced discussions in class that represent both liberal and conservative viewpoints. He is able to analyze all sides of an issue. Mike knows there will be a difference of opinions and has a healthy way of talking through the pros and cons.

Though traditionally more conservative than liberal, my wife, Kari, and I throw our support behind Mike Wilson because we believe he is an independent thinker who will get politics back on track. Mike has always been about kids and community. Let’s let the voters decide who represents Position 2 of the 44th District.

With the resignation of Mike Hope, there has been talk about filling his vacant position. It would be premature and a waste of tax dollars to do so prior to the general election. Let’s be honest, there’s no job currently to be done. With such a tight race, the Snohomish County Council should not get involved.

We have a mechanism for replacing an open seat. The mechanism is the election process, which we are already part way through. Why should we use taxpayer money to pay someone this fall that will not work until January? Again, let’s see this race go the distance and let the voters have the final say!

Daren Hopper


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