CYNTHIA SHAW, Richland
As an independent voter, what a candidate can do for his district is far more important to me than party affiliation. Does he support STEM education and workforce training? Does he support economic development? Jay Clough does.
Or does he have his own agenda? Do his personal beliefs get in the way of supporting good public policy? Is he often out in left field, like being the only legislator in 100 to vote against outlawing shark-finning? This would be Brad Klippert. In two terms, we have yet to see him do anything more noteworthy than passing a bicycle bill, or preaching from his legislative pulpit about "hell and damnation" to gay people who want to marry. With all due respect, we don't need a preacher in Olympia -- we need an effective legislator.
Let's do better by sending Jay Clough to Olympia. A former marine, Jay is sensible and knows how to get things done. As one who has lived and taught in Asia, he has a global perspective and understands how our kids need to fit into the world at large in order to remain economically competitive. Let's move forward -- not backward. Vote for Jay Clough.