Letter to the Editor: Reward Maralyn Chase with the Senate seat

Thursday, October 28, 2010


To the Editor:

All three Democrats on 32nd LD ballots have active Republican opposition, and I've been cautioned against over-confidence. Still, the average Democratic vote in the primary was 60%, and there were factors that tended to skew the turnout in that election rightward. I don't anticipate any surprises in the general, but that's based on expecting everyone to do what needs to be done between now and election day. Confidence is not a rationale for inactivity. As a Shoreline resident for nearly 30 years and a manager of a local family-owned business, I know how important our representation in Olympia is, and our choices have never been more important than this year.

All that being said, I expect my next State Senator to be current State Representative Maralyn Chase. Full disclosure - Maralyn's been a personal friend and political ally for a couple decades now. That's not to say that we've agreed on each detail of every issue or election, but at the end of the day, you can count on Maralyn's vote for the rights of working people, protection of the environment and main street economic opportunity. When she's ahead of her colleagues, she can be impatient in the effort to bring them along, and when she's set a course toward a goal she can be aggressively straightforward in her pursuit. While some of her detractors (and a few of her supporters, I suppose) will point to those characteristics as a sign that Maralyn can be hard to work with, those of us who know her well recognize them as a reflection of her strong dedication to the social and economic justice she's devoted a lifetime to pursuing and the kind of core integrity that we so often claim to want from our public officials, though we less often reward it when it's displayed.

Reward Maralyn with the Senate seat.

Shaun Dale
Shoreline

3 comments:

Anonymous,  October 29, 2010 at 10:18 AM  

Thank you Shaun!

Maralyn is a champion. Is she a fighter for things we believe in for our district? You bet!

Is she a strong vote for Democratic values? Absolutely.
Does she also work with folks of all stripes to bring about good policies for everyone? Yes!

VOTE FOR MARALYN CHASE in the 32nd District!

Anonymous,  October 29, 2010 at 11:04 AM  

I agree completely with the writer, and would like to add that too often people (esp. women!) are said to be "difficult" when they are very dedicated, hard-working, and tough negotiators. All these are necessary traits if one is to be capable of getting "difficult" jobs done. Maralyn Chase is all about working for the citizens. She has more than proven she's the right one for representing us in the state senate. VOTE FOR MARALYN CHASE!

Lady Liberty November 1, 2010 at 8:42 PM  

She's also the #1 spender in Olympia!
http://shorelinecaucus.com/?p=2272

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