Let’s elect Dhingra | Letter

Nobody likes gridlock. Gridlock jams up the 405 in rush hour like gridlock jams up what representatives try do in Olympia on our behalf. The Seattle Times recently endorsed candidate Jinyoung Lee Englund to “preserve a balance of power between Democratic and Republican control in state government.” That endorsement is short-sighted.

The Times’s endorsement only maintains gridlock in Olympia. The Washington state senate is split 25-24, led by Republicans. With a democratic Governor, our state Legislature is one vote shy of passing bills that represent us. Now when Washington, D.C. feels ideologically and geographically removed from our values on Seattle’s Eastside, Manka Dhingra is the only choice that allows us to pass bills on our behalf.

We all want quality education, yet in 2015 college tuition cuts couldn’t get a vote because of congressional gridlock. We all want a welcoming environment for immigrants and minorities, yet the 2016 voting rights act was shelved. We all want our neighborhoods to reflect the Evergreen State moniker, yet low-carbon standards were logjammed in 2015. None of these values is supported if there is an impasse in Olympia.

If the environment matters to you, if equal human rights matter, and if the future of Washington state children matters to you, you must support the ability of our state senate to make progress. We are not the Washington, D.C. logjam that can’t move forward. We are Washington state. Let’s show the rest of the states how progress is made. Let’s elect Manka Dhingra.

Alexandra Johnson

Issaquah

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