Rep. Norma Smith, R-Oak Harbor, in the 10th Legislative District, says she is bipartisan. She was one of 52 co-sponsors of the popular Washington Net Neutrality bill. She spearheaded the futuristic 2015 earth-abundant materials institute for eco-friendly solar panels and electronics. But don’t be distracted by her self-proclaimed bipartisanship. Except for these few non-controversial efforts, she votes the GOP party line most of the time.
Her voting record, ratings and endorsements tell the true story. She has top ratings from the American Conservative Union, Building Industry Association, and NRA, and low ratings from WA Conservation Voters, AFL-CIO, and NARAL. She opposes I-1631 and consistently votes with fossil fuel interests. She was part of the GOP push-back on McCleary education funding. She has opposed most bills supporting campaign finance reform, labor unions, affirmative action, and expanded health care.
Her opponent, Scott McMullen, is a true-blue Democrat, retired Air Force, and Boeing firefighter/EMT. He is endorsed by unions and the Sierra Club. Scott gets my vote. He will honor his promises to invest more in education, support unions and trades for working wage jobs, oppose charter schools, promote common-sense gun reforms, improve our antiquated tax system, and protect our environment.