On Friday, ballots will be mailed for the general election, which ends Nov. 6. Below is a summary of The Spokesman-Review’s endorsements that have been published thus far. The full versions of the endorsements can be read online: www.spokesman.com/tags/2012-endorsement/.
Has been around during the difficult budgeting years, and it shows in his pragmatic proposals. Strong advocate for open government. Former Rep. Jay Inslee is rusty on challenges facing the state.
His fresh ideas and approach could improve the quality and efficiency of the legislative process. Incumbent Brad Owen is embroiled in extracurricular controversy.
Secretary of State
Plenty of endorsements from county auditors in both parties. They know the job best. Good enough for us.
More experienced and knowledgeable than his opponent. Already has a head start on health insurance exchanges.
He’s done a solid job; doesn’t face credible opposition.
Legislative District 3, Senate
Hard-working lawmaker with moderate approach. Opponent’s stand on social issues too extreme.
District 3, Position 1, House
Better informed; good fit for district. Tim Benn is not ready to lead.
District 3, Position 2, House
Experienced and well-positioned to deliver. Opponent’s focus is on guns.
County Commissioner, District 2
Her greater business focus is needed. Opponent is not up to speed on county issues or the workings of the position.
Supreme Court, Position 9
Sheryl Gordon McCloud
Better temperament and less apt to pre-judge cases. Opponent’s loose lips sink chances.
Yes to supermajorities for tax increases. Keep legislators focused on efficiency.
Yes to allow charter schools. Parents want choices.
Yes to license and regulate small amounts of marijuana and to decriminalize possession.
Yes to affirm same-sex marriage law. Separate-but-equal standing is unjust.
Yes to gradually lowering share of state revenues that can be dedicated to debt service, and to changes in the way it’s calculated.
Endorsements are coming in the following races (in no particular order): President, U.S. Senate, Congress (5th District), state Attorney General, state Auditor, state Lands Commissioner, Legislative District 4 (Position 2), Legislative District 6 (Position 2) and County Commissioner (District 1).
No endorsements are forthcoming in races where candidates are unopposed.