THE redrawn 32nd District takes in parts and neighborhoods of Shoreline, North Seattle, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace. It’s a mix of new and old for state Rep. Ruth Kagi, D-Seattle.

She has served in the state Legislature since 1999, and from the beginning she has been a leader on issues for the state’s youngest constituents and struggling families.

Kagi chairs the House Early Learning and Human Services Committee, where she is a strong, effective voice for child-sensitive foster-care reforms, family-support services and early learning. She is also on the Appropriations Committee.

She is well-aware of the revenue tensions to fulfill the school-funding issues at the heart of the state Supreme Court’s McCleary ruling. Kagi has not compounded the issue of adequate school finance by signing onto an expensive, controversial initiative to reduce class size.

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Kagi does see early learning as part of the imperative to provide education for all children. And to promote academic success.

Kagi is rated “outstanding” by the King County Municipal League. Her Republican opponent, Alvin Rutledge, is rated “not qualified.”

Voters should return Kagi, and her experience and expertise, to Olympia.

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