PubliCola Picks Tami Green for 28th District Rep., Position 2

By PublicolaPicks August 2, 2010

This one's an all points bulletin if you're a Democrat (and the members of PubliCola's endorsement board are—shocker!—Democrats.)

Incumbent state house Rep. Tami Green (D-28, Tacoma) is in big trouble this year. Her swing district-turf, which includes Lakewood, University Place, Fircrest, Steilacoom and part of west Tacoma, is in a bad mood about the economy and is still healing from the Lakewood police shootings—the kind of crisis that can (understandably) put people in a reactionary mood.

Green has two Republican opponents, and one of them, Brian Wurts, is a Lakewood police officer who is mounting a strong challenge. (He's raised $38,000 and has about $15,000 on hand, including big contributions from the anti-tax beverage association and the conservative restaurant association.)

Green is one of PubliCola's favorite state legislators. As an original and core member of the Blue-Green alliance—the ad hoc progressive coalition in the house—Green, a union nurse who heads up the  "Blue" (read, labor) wing of the alliance, gave the group its first moral victory back in 2009 when she led an insurgency against house leadership, upping unemployment benefits. (The measure, unfortunately, went down in the Senate.)

And this year, she successfully led the fight against massive cuts to state workers' health insurance coverage—a scapegoat drive that the alliance held off by securing $63 million for workers' benefits. Green also took the tough vote, yea, on repealing 960, while her Democratic seatmate Troy Kelley did not.

It would be a shame for the 28th to dismiss Green, a three-term rep who not only anchors the house liberals with working class values, but brings expertise on health care issues.

PubliCola picks Tami Green.
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