Editorial: Smith has edge over Knue for House seat

Two excellent candidates are vying for the 10th District Position 1 seat in the House of Representatives. Republican Norma Smith of South Whidbey was appointed to the position when Chris Strow resigned late last year. Her challenger is Democrat Tim Knue, who lives near Mount Vernon.

Voters can’t go far wrong with either candidate. Knue has some positive attributes. He grew up in Oak Harbor and he raised his family in Skagit County. As a recently-retired agriculture teacher in the public schools, he is an authority on the needs of farmers, large and small, and he intimately knows what the schools need to improve vocational education for those students not on the college track.

Smith, however, also knows the needs in vocational education and promises to work to meet them. She has wide political experience as a former congressional aide and state senate candidate and thoroughly knows the people of the 10th District. It’s time to give her a chance to prove she can serve her constituency well as an elected official who’s a fiscal conservative with a heart for the downtrodden. Democrat Knue might fight it too difficult to stand up to the unions during a time of fiscal stress, so Smith is the better choice this year.

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