Three newcomers to Olympia are vying for liberal state Rep. Maralyn Chase's open seat in the 32nd Legislative District (Shoreline, Edmonds, Lake Forest Park). Chase is running for the state senate. Of these three, Cindy Ryu is the most qualified.
Ryu has racked up endorsements from the 32nd District Democrats, the King County Democrats, the Sierra Club, and labor and woman's groups. More than that, Ryu's has the right resume: She was on the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce, the Shoreline City Council, and served as the mayor of Shoreline for two years. She takes credit for keeping Shoreline solvent during the recent economic crisis and for developing the city's Environmental Sustainability Strategy, a set of guidelines that coordinate sustainability programs and policies, such as green building and environmental purchasing programs.
As for Olympia, she says she want to reduce the state's reliance on property and sales taxes and supports an income tax on high earners. She's also pledged to phase out the B&O tax.
Democrat Doris Fujioka McConnell, one of Ryu's former colleagues on the Shoreline City Council, hasn't staked out positions on key state issues and has a habit of missing council meetings. Republican Art Coday, who recently dropped his campaign for Patty Murray's US Senate seat, is a physician who's running on lowering healthcare costs and tax rates and has received donations from conservative groups like Gun Owners Action League and the Washington Realtors Association.
Ryu has raised nearly $50,000 with top donations from local unions.
PubliCola picks Cindy Ryu.