Tough Decision in Washington’s 36th

Helen Sommers, the long-serving representative for Washington’s 36th legislative district, announced earlier this year that she would be retiring at the end of this term. This set up a strong primary battle between John Burbank and Reuven Carlyle, both Democrats.

For voters in the 36th, this is a tough decision. Both men seem bright, qualified, and progressive. Both have an impressive set of endorsements. Both would do well in the legislature.  Reuven won the primary by about 4 percent, so he is probably slightly favored for the general election.  Burbank seems to have wrapped up  the party-insider vote, which is an advantage in terms of volunteer recruitment.

I’m going to vote for Reuven Carlyle, for three reasons:

He and his supporters seem more enthusiastic and energetic.  I have personally seen Reuven out canvassing my neighborhood many times since the summer.

Reuven appears to bring more experience in green tech and renewables, which is a great local issue and one in which I hope the State of Washington takes a leading role.

Finally, I was slightly put off by a Burbank mailer that made an obvious and blatant comparison between him and Senator President-Elect Obama.  It was a little too much of a frontal assault on one’s normal political filters.

Go Reuven!

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