In the 46th Legislative District, appointed incumbent Democratic State Rep. Gerry Pollet faces fellow Democrat Sylvester Cann on the November ballot and Democrats Jessyn Farrell faces fellow Democrat Sarajane Siegfriedt for an open seat. In my last column, I posted issue statements from Farrell and Siegfriedt. Here are statements from Cann and Pollet:
“Our future depends on a legislature that's committed to working together toward solutions in education, economic growth and protecting the quality of life for all Washingtonians. The size of our challenges demands a collaborative spirit and an ability to bring people together around shared values and common goals. This is foundational to me, and the reason I am running for State Representative. My bi-partisan support shows I am seen as a problem solver. Washington has an education system that is deeply underfunded and structurally not prepared to offer every student a true opportunity at success. We must look at the state's responsibility to education from cradle to career.
“Investing in early learning and protecting higher education funding will be top priorities. This is both a moral and an economic imperative for our state, and I will see that we are progressing toward a stable future as your State Representative.”
“I ask to continue serving as your State Representative to make our tax system more fair, support our schools, and protect our environment and consumers.
“I've been active in Lake Forest Park and Kenmore for many years, and amstrongly endorsed by your outgoing 32nd District legislators: Ruth Kagi, Cindy Ryu and Maralyn Chase; and, County Council Member Bob Ferguson.
“Funding education and making our tax system more fair are intertwined and critical issues. It's important to have a Representative active in our public schools. I teach at the UW School of Public Health, and I'm one of only two legislators from Seattle and Northshore with children in our public schools!
“I'm introducing legislation to make our tax system more fair by closing corporate loopholes and dedicating the funds to education: full-day kindergarten, four years of English and math for high school, and restoring access by lowering college tuition.”