Letters to the Editor

Election 2004: New people should know candidate

This letter is addressed in particular to newcomers to the 10th District. Long-time residents already know State Senator Mary Margaret Haugen and her tireless efforts on behalf of the citizens of our beautiful area.

Because of her seniority in the State Senate, Senator Haugen has the power to make good things happen here. As chair of the Transportation Committee she has secured $100 million for safety improvements and widening of Highway 20 from Burlington to Oak Harbor, and in this time of tight budgets was also able to obtain funding for other transportation projects throughout the district including transit, rail and ferries.

As a former school board member before going to the state legislature, Senator Haugen has worked for improving education by smaller class size, spending more money in classrooms for beginning teachers, and greater flexibility for local districts to serve their particular students.

In health care Senator Haugen is an advocate for improving our health care system by helping pass legislation to reduce health care costs for small business and working to protect affordable rural health care.

Preserving the rural character of our community is important to Senator Haugen as she knows how important that is to all of us. She has been instrumental in protecting Cama Beach, Greenbank Farm and other important areas. Her dedication to helping working farms won her the Washington Farm Bureau Legislator of the Year Award in 2004.

Senator Haugen works very hard to promote opportunity, fairness, security and a better future for all in Washington State. She is always ready to listen to our needs and work with us to find the best solutions to meet them. We are indeed fortunate to have her as our Senator. She deserves our vote.

Gena DiLabio,

Coupeville

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