As of Wednesday, July 27, 2016
DAILY SUN NEWS EDITORIAL
Three candidates are in the mix for the 15th Legislative District’s Position No. 2 and only two can move on from the Aug. 2 primary.
We support the Daves, Republicans Dave Kearby and incumbent David Taylor.
True, they and Democrat A.J. Cooper call on reforms to fully fund basic education in this state.
To their collective credit, all three are offering suggestions for education funding without creating new taxes.
But there are differences that prompt us to back Kearby and Taylor to the general election in November.
For example, we agree with Taylor and Kearby’s call for the state’s driver license system to require proof of citizenship to bring Washington into compliance with federal laws.
Our state has been out of compliance for so long that, if not fixed by the end of 2017, we’ll need a passport or enhanced license just to board domestic flights.
We appreciate Kearby’s stance on easing regulations and enhancing the state’s ability to manage and harvest timber, while creating more public access to state lands.
Taylor’s call for the state to focus more efforts on resource management in our forests is also admirable. That’s especially true given the disastrous fires that resulted from current policies.
They’ll likely have differing views on some issues as the general election draws near, but the Daves share more than a name.
They share policy stances we support.