Carl Sagan once observed that, "We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology." We are fortunate that Washington's quad-city region constitutes an exception to that general truism. But it is still a reality that we seldom see individuals with concrete technical experience who are willing to run for state or federal office.
Larry Haler is one of those rare legislators with both the policy and the technical backgrounds to be a strong and, more importantly, a qualified representative for our unique area. His training and hands-on experience with reactors and nuclear processes puts him in a category that is very nearly unmatched in government, especially at the state level.
Larry has been an excellent voice for us in Olympia. Now, as the interest and potential for new modular reactor designs is building and accelerating in the state, it is hard to imagine any better advocate for us and for the technology than the legislator we already have. He speaks the language.
My vote will be to send Larry Haler back to the Washington Legislature next year. Please do join me. It matters.
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WANDA MUNN, Richland