A NOVEMBER 2013 resignation triggered a shuffling of legislative seats in the 38th Legislative District, which encompasses Everett, Marysville and Tulalip.
Long-serving state House member John McCoy was appointed to replace state Sen. Nick Harper. The Snohomish County Council unanimously chose June Robinson to fill McCoy’s Position 1 House seat.
House Position 2 is held by state Rep. Mike Sells, who has served since 2005.
All three incumbents, all Democrats, are endorsed for re-election. None of the three attracted a substantive opponent, based on civic histories, campaign efforts or fundraising support.
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McCoy is one of the rare Democratic lawmakers who acknowledges a daunting and perilous link between the education and financing issues of the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision and Initiative 1351. The proposal for lower class size on the November ballot would add only more financial stress.
McCoy is on the ballot with Republican Craig French. A third candidate withdrew in May.
In House Position 1, Robinson brings a career in public health, housing and human services to her new duties. She has signed the initiative to reduce class size, which comes with an unknown, unfunded price tag.
Robinson’s opponent is Republican Jesse Anderson.
House Position 2 has been held by Democrat Sells for five terms. He is a former teacher in the Everett School District, and a longtime officer of the Snohomish County Labor Council.
Sells helped promote the Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center, which opened in 2010. The center draws on local education resources and aerospace employers to train people for industry jobs.
Sells’ opponent is Elijah Olson, who represents the Libertarian Party.
Democracy works best with incumbents being tested before the voters. McCoy, Robinson and Sells are the best candidates for re-election, but they also needed three more credible challengers.
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