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Political musings from Warren E. Peterson

2012 Primary Election Recommendations

Posted by Warren Peterson on July 25, 2012

What factors are considered in making a recommendation?

1. I know the candidate or have heard him or her speak in public
2. Opinion of knowledgeable friends
3. Endorsed by law enforcement
4. Endorsed by Republican groups or and/or individuals
5. Record
6. Business or other non political or non judicial experience
7. Statements in Voter’s Pamphlet
8. Candidate Web sites
9. A coin

Only contested races are listed. Under our “Top Two” primary, only two candidates advance to the General Election. Judges, however, who get over 50% of the primary vote are considered elected with no general election.

U. S. Senator- Senator Cantwell crawls out from under a rock every election year but it still will be an uphill race to beat her, VOTE for Michael Baumgartner

U. S. House of Representatives:

District 1 – Best chance for Republicans to pick up a seat. VOTE for John Koster

District 7 – Redistricting changed the boundaries of Congressman for Life, Baghdad Jim McDermont’s district, Maybe, just maybe he will lose this time. VOTE for Ron Bemis

District 9 – Another tough district. VOTE for Jim Postma or John Orlinski

Governor – The last Republican Governor, John Spellman, was elected in 1980. We are long over due for a change, VOTE for Rob McKenna

Lt. Governor – Gov. McKenna should not have to worry about Democrat mischief when he is out of state. A former Senate Republican Majority Leader is the state GOP endorsed candidate, VOTE for Bill Finkbeiner

Secretary of State – State GOP endorsed candidate, experienced county auditor (in charge of elections), VOTE for Kim Wyman

Auditor- Hands down best choice, VOTE for James Watkins

Attorney General – Even the Seattle Times endorsed him, most experienced candidate, VOTE for Reagan Dunn

Commissioner of Public Lands – Even though it is hard to forgive him for not endorsing Dino Rossi after losing to him in the 2010 Senate primary, he would shake up the place. VOTE for Clint Didier

Superintendent of Public Instruction – The playpen of the teacher’s union, it’s hard to find a candidate supporting real reforms. Don Hansler has the background and some good ideas but Randy Dorn, despite a DUI, has served well as could be expected. Both should advance to the General Election. VOTE Don Hansler or Randy Dorn

Insurance Commissioner – GOP endorsed candidate, VOTE for Scott Reilly

State Legislative Races:

Republicans need to elect 8 more state representatives and 3 more state senators to take control of both houses of the legislature. Gov. McKenna will need all the help he can get; just vote for any candidate with the guts to put “Prefers Republican Party” under his or her name in the voter’s pamphlet.

State Supreme Court:

Position #2 – VOTE for Douglas McQuaid or Susan Owens

Position #8 – Supported by big name Democrats and Republicans, firefighters and state patrol, labor and business, VOTE for Steve Gonzalez

Position #9 – We miss the former Justice Sanders libertarian independence. He lost a close reelection to the court in 2010. Bruce Hilyer is highly qualified. On to the general election, VOTE for Richard Sanders or Bruce Hilyer

Superior Court:

Position #25 – VOTE for Roger Davidheiser

Position #29 – Endorsed by Republicans and Democrats, VOTE for Sean O’Donnell

Position #30 – VOTE for Doug North

Position #42 – VOTE for Marianne Jones

Position #46 – VOTE for Gary Ernsdorff

City of Seattle Proposition No. 1 – New tax levy to support Seattle libraries – First we tax ourselves to build new and remodel old libraries, then the city council cuts library operating funds creating a crisis in service so now we get vote a special levy to pay operating costs. VOTE NO

King County Proposition No. 1 – (Page 10 of Voter’s Pamphlet)Capital levy to replace the existing Children and Family Service Justice Center – There is a clear need for a new building, VOTE YES


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