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Re-elect Mary Margaret, too good to lose | Letters

November 3, 2012 · Updated 3:17 PM

Today’s letter in The Herald in support of reelecting Hans Dunshee encouraged me to write on behalf of Senator Mary Margaret Haugen and other incumbents being maligned by hit pieces and negative letters. For some reason that I cannot fathom, people have erased from their memory the good done on our behalf by long serving public elected officials who have worked for years for the benefit of their districts.

When we lost the senior U S Representative Tom Foley from Spokane, all the agriculture decisions for the entire US agriculture industry went to Tom Grassley, R Iowa. For almost 20 years now, no one in DC talks or listens to Washington agriculture. The authority is now Iowa and Senater Grassley. Go ask a farmer or meat packer in our Washington about regulations benefiting Iowa at our expense.

Like Rep Dunshee, Senator Haugen has worked consistently and tirelessly for the benefit of her district and the state. We have ferries built in the Puget Sound region rather than Louisiana, jobs in shipbuilding have been saved and apprentice programs in this industry developed (future jobs); we have road improvements in Island, Skagit and Snohomish Counties as well as in eastern Washington; the very rich farm land and farmers in Skagit County have been preserved due to the Growth Management Act; there is finally going to be a university in north Snohomish County so our kids can live at home and still get a four-year degree, and many of us can actually get continuing education at a nearby university. When Twin City Foods burned too the ground Mary Margaret brought together all the regulating agencies to expedite permitting, making sure that plant was rebuilt in Stanwood. Again, she’s preserving jobs.

If we lose Mary Margaret, all the transportation decisions will go to King County or Yakima. Agriculture in Snohomish, Skagit and Island counties and preservation of our rural areas will lose the advocate who keeps fighting for growth management. These costs are very high.

AND despite the terrible photoshopped picture in the latest hit piece, Mary Margaret does listen, meets with her constituents and helps them in dealing with issues they need help with. In contrast, you can’t even get an appointment with her opponent in the years she has been in the House.

As a corporate professional and an activist in my church and my community for many years, I am proud to have Mary Margaret as a friend and as my senator. She works for all of us, seniors, youth, communities, preserving our resources, enhancing our safety, developing jobs. We have in Mary Margaret a small business advocate, a growth management and transportation expert: a tremendous resource.

The choice is very clear: Vote to reelect Senator Mary Margaret Haugen.

Laura Lewis

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