As of Friday, November 4, 2016
DAILY SUN NEWS EDITORIAL
In a race of national significance, U.S. Senate incumbent Democrat Patty Murray is facing a tough challenger in Republican Chris Vance.
Although Murray has touted her budget experience in Washington, D.C., she has failed to keep federal spending in check.
The federal deficit is perhaps the single most important issue Congress has to resolve. And Vance is coming into the election with a plan to limit discretionary spending. That’s more than Murray is offering her constituents.
We endorse Vance.
In other endorsements:
Secretary of State
In a state-level race that could have far-reaching implications, incumbent Secretary of State Kim Wyman has called for revamping state laws on drivers licenses and requiring proof of citizenship to vote. Her challenger, Democrat Tina Podlowdowski, doesn’t feel the same way.
If something isn’t done about our failure to show proof of citizenship to get a drivers license and our failure to prove citizenship before getting registered to vote, the federal government is planning sanctions that will effect Washingtonians.
Wyman’s plan makes sense. And because of her efforts on this controversial issue, we are endorsing Wyman for Secretary of State.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
In the race to replace Randy Dorn as the top educator in the state, Chris Reykdal and Erin Jones are facing off in this non-partisan race.
In reviewing the candidates’ credentials, we think Reykdal offers the best background for the job — he’s been a history teacher, a school board member and a member of the state House of Representatives for more than five years.
His experience and knowledge will help our Legislature and state government iron out the McCleary lawsuit and related funding issues.
What’s more, Reykdal has been one of the strongest advocates for shared parenting in our state. He previously introduced a bill in an effort to give children of divorce equal access to both Mom and Dad, necessary for academic and social growth.
Our endorsement — Reykdal.