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Review of all S-R endorsements

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump did not accept our invitation for an endorsement interview, but dozens of other candidates and proponents of ballot measures did, from early June to early October. We thank them all. We have finished publishing endorsements, and those can be read at our website (see accompanying information box).

The following is a quick review of endorsements in each race. Agree or disagree, but please vote.

President: Hillary Clinton is the only rational choice.

U.S Senate. Return Sen. Patty Murray, who works hard for entire state.

U.S. House. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is in a strong position to aid district.

Governor. Challenger Bill Bryant offers more engaged leadership.

Lt. Governor: Sen. Cyrus Habib has clear edge in experience.

Secretary of State. Incumbent Kim Wyman delivers honest election oversight.

Lands Commissioner. Steve McLaughlin has common touch, passion to lead.

Insurance Commissioner. Incumbent Mike Kreidler has the experience needed for tough challenges.

State Treasurer: Benton County Treasurer Duane Davidson is safe, solid.

Superintendent of Public Instruction: Erin Jones has background, passion, vision.

Attorney General: Incumbent Bob Ferguson a strong advocate for consumers.

State Auditor: Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy a steady leader.

I-1433. No. Inflexible minimum wage increase is a bad fit for most of the state.

I-732. No. Carbon tax proposal carries job-loss risks for certain industries.

I-1464. No. Some good reform proposals mired in pricey voucher scheme.

I-735. No. Purely symbolic. Pressure your representatives on Citizens United.

I-1491. Yes. Gun confiscation option needed in emergencies.

1-1501. No. Trojan horse that weakens public records law.

Legislative District 3, Senate: Hardworking Sen. Andy Billig the clear choice.

Legislative District, 3, Pos. 1: Rep. Marcus Riccelli earns another term.

Legislative District 3, Pos. 2: Rep. Timm Ormsby clearly stronger candidate.

Legislative District, 4, Pos. 1. No endorsement.

Legislative District 6, Pos. 1: Newcomer Lynnette Vehrs shows great promise.

Legislative District 6, Pos. 2. Close call, but Rep. Jeff Holy gets the nod.

Spokane County Commissioner, Dist. 1: Candace Mumm is more experienced, pragmatic.

Spokane County Commissioner, Dist. 2: Shelly O’Quinn offers smart leadership.

Spokane County Superior Court, Pos. 10: Experience gives nod to Judge Linda Tompkins.

Spokane County Superior Court, Pos. 11: Judge Greg Sypolt rates high.

Washington Supreme Court, Pos. 1: Justice Mary Yu wins on philosophy, experience.

Washington Supreme Court, Pos. 5: Chief Justice Barbara Madsen is better qualified.

Washington Supreme Court, Pos. 6: Federal Way Judge Dave Larson brings fresh perspective.

Proposition 1: Pared-down STA transit plan is practical.

SJR 8210. Common-sense move to push up deadline for once-a-decade redistricting results.