With our politics more divisive than ever, it’s easy for candidates and their teams to get caught up in the red-versus-blue tribalism of campaigns. Too often, political differences turn into personal disdain.
While we have political differences, State Rep. Mark Harmsworth, R-Mill Creek, and I always maintained respect for one another during our campaigns this year. Following the election, he even called me to concede, something he’s not obligated to do.
I want to thank Mark for a civil campaign, and for his service to the people of south Snohomish County and the 44th Legislative District. Campaigns are not easy, but neither is being a legislator. He sacrificed many hours away from his family to serve in Olympia, and for that he deserves our gratitude.
It shouldn’t matter whether you are a Republican or a Democrat; both sides have good ideas. And as long as we show civility and respect for one another, we can work together to improve people’s lives.
Thank you for your service Rep. Mark Harmsworth.