Over the past six weeks, our editorial pages have been devoted primarily to our recommendations in the general election.
In most cases we interviewed candidates face-to-face, and we appreciate everyone who took the time to visit with us.
These meetings gave us a chance to ask questions, discuss issues and, at times, compel incumbents to explain their actions and defend their records.
We gauged responses and compared resumes. We debated and eventually decided.
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Sometimes the best candidate was obvious. Other times it was an extremely tough call.
Contrary to what some readers may think, we don’t as a group lean toward either political party. We strive to select the best candidate, regardless of their popularity around the state or in the community.
In all, we have weighed in on eight ballot measures and 25 campaigns for public office.
For those of you who have not voted yet, we encourage you to do your own research and get your ballots turned in or mailed by the Nov. 8 deadline.
Our recommendations are meant to be one more resource you can use as you make up your mind. To find what we have written on a particular race or ballot measure, click on the race or ballot measure you are interested in and a link should take you to the full article.
We have made our picks. Now it’s your turn.
The Herald editorial board recommends:
▪ President — Hillary Clinton (D)
▪ U.S. Senate — Patty Murray (D)
▪ 4th District Congress — Dan Newhouse (R)
▪ Governor — Bill Bryant (R)
▪ Lieutenant Governor — Cyrus Habib (D)
▪ Attorney General — Bob Ferguson (D)
▪ Secretary of State — Kim Wyman (R)
▪ Treasurer — Duane Davidson (R)
▪ Superintendent of Public Instruction — Chris Reykdal (NP)
▪ Auditor — Pat McCarthy (D)
▪ Insurance Commissioner — Mike Kreidler (D)
▪ Commissioner of Public Lands — Steve McLaughlin (R)
State Supreme Court
▪ Position 1 — Mary Yu (NP)
▪ Position 5 — Barbara Madsen (NP)
▪ Position 6 — Dave Larson (NP)
▪ 8th District, House Position 1 — Rick Jansons (R)
▪ 8th District, House Position 2 — Steve Simmons (R)
▪ 9th District, House Position 1 — Jennifer Goulet (D)
▪ 16th District, House Position 1— Rebecca Francik (D)
▪ 16 District, House Position 2 — Terry Nealey (R)
State Court of Appeals
▪ Division III — George Fearing (NP)
▪ I-1491, extreme risk protection orders, gun rights — Yes
▪ I-1464, campaign financing — No
▪ I-1501, public records, vulnerable adults — No
▪ I-735, corporate election contributions — Yes
▪ I-1433, minimum wage — No
▪ I-732, carbon emissions tax — No
Benton-Franklin Superior Court
▪ Position 2 — Sam Swanberg (NP)
▪ Position 3 — Alex Ekstrom (NP)
▪ Franklin County Commission, Position 1 — Matt Beaton (R)
▪ Franklin County Commission, Position 2 — Rocky Mullen (R)
▪ Proposition 16-10, library funding — Yes
▪ Proposition 1, annexing into the Mid-Columbia Libraries — Yes