Letters to the Editor

Haugen leads, achieves, delivers

Sen. Haugen is a political powerhouse in our state and nationally. She has delivered millions of dollars in projects and jobs to District 10 and Washington state through documented hard, tenacious work. In Olympia, Haugen’s work has spanned from mammogram funding, delivering tax breaks to veterans, to a new train station, to name a few recent victories. Her opponent has little to show for 10 years in Olympia.

As a former state representative, I see letter writers who talk about Haugen’s opponent; they do not understand how Olympia works and give Bailey credit for work of others. Bailey is a senior member of her House caucus and not on their leadership team, why?

How come her committee assignments have rotated so much? When Bailey was asked at a recent League of Women’s Voters forum about the most important bill she had sponsored and passed, Bailey couldn’t come up with a bill that she personally introduced.

She finally thought of someone else’s sponsored and passed law — why? Sen. Haugen has led and delivered repeatedly; bills, laws and budgets — just ask Nichols Brothers, who recently added 100 new jobs thanks to Haugen’s work.

Take any 10 years during Sen. Haugen’s service, and you see achievement after achievement. The same cannot be said for her opponent’s 10 years. Do not believe the excuse that it’s because her party is not in power. Bailey’s seatmate from District 10, the same minority party, has accomplished work of substance in four years. Remember, a new senator starts at the bottom of the seniority level, and will have little ability to get things done. In contrast, Sen. Haugen will retain her powerful Senate Transportation Committee chairmanship and Senate leadership.

Tenth District voters have the opportunity to retain a leader in the Senate, someone who leads, achieves and delivers, or someone with little to nothing to show but talk for 10 years. Don’t be baffled by campaign rhetoric — vote Haugen!

Sue Karahalios
Oak Harbor

 

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