Below is a summary of The Spokesman-Review’s endorsements for the general election. The full versions of each editorial can be read online. Navigate to www.spokesman.com and look for “Election Central” on the front page. No endorsements were written in races where candidates were unopposed. Last day to vote is Nov. 6.
We’d like to thank the candidates who gave us their valuable time during this election season. The discussions, as always, were enlightening.
Mitt Romney – R
Need fresh leadership to break gridlock.
Maria Cantwell – D
Hard worker who delivers for state.
U.S. Congress – 5th District
Cathy McMorris Rodgers – R
A more effective voice for the region.
Rob McKenna – R
Pragmatic proposals should steady the state.
Bill Finkbeiner – R
Fresh ideas and approach could improve the legislative process.
Reagan Dunn – R
More varied experience tips the scale.
Peter Goldmark – D
Experienced leadership and expertise.
James Watkins – R
Slight advantage, but in office must tone down partisanship.
Secretary of State
Kim Wyman – R
Impressive endorsements from county auditors in both parties.
Mike Kreidler – D
More experienced and knowledgeable than his opponent.
Jim McIntire – D
He’s done a solid job; doesn’t face credible opposition.
Supreme Court, Position 9
Sheryl Gordon McCloud
Better temperament and less apt to pre-judge cases.
Legislative District 3, Senate
Andy Billig – D
Hardworking lawmaker with moderate approach.
District 3, Position 1, House
Marcus Riccelli – D
Much better informed; good fit for district.
District 3, Position 2, House
Timm Ormsby – D
Experienced and well-positioned to deliver.
District 4, Position 2, House
Amy Biviano – D
Reasonable; rooted in pragmatism.
District 6, Position 2, House
Dennis Dellwo – D
Prepared to lead. Understands issues.
County Commissioner, District 1
Todd Mielke – R
Hard worker. Better economic vision.
County Commissioner, District 2
Shelley O’Quinn – R
Superior business focus is needed.
Yes to supermajorities for tax increases.
Yes to allow charter schools.
Yes to license and regulate small amounts of marijuana and to decriminalize possession.
Yes to affirm same-sex marriage law.
Yes to gradually lowering share of state revenues that can be dedicated to debt service.