Incumbent state Rep. Mark Harmsworth is the best choice for the 44th Legislative District’s House Position 2.

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STATE Rep. Mark Harmsworth has earned re-election to the 44th Legislative District House, Position 2.

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Mark Harmsworth

Mark Harmsworth

44th Legislative District Position No. 2

Strengths: Smart and pragmatic, has show leadership on transportation issues

In a legislative session with many new lawmakers facing their paramount duty of fixing education funding, Harmsworth’s experience and record of representing his district makes him the best choice."

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A former two-term Mill Creek City Councilmember, the Republican was a leader among those pushing for inattentive state officials to remedy the intolerable tolling configuration on Interstate 405. He is a smart and pragmatic representative in a Legislature faced with the daunting challenge of solving the state’s decades-old education funding inequity.

He faces four challengers on the ballot, although Kerry Watkins announced the end of his campaign. The most promising is Katrina Ondracek, an executive with United Way of Snohomish County.

The Lake Stevens Democrat is credible and focused on the district’s transportation issues, but she is not well versed in the nuances of Job No. 1 for the Legislature: education funding reform. She raises concerns about Harmsworth’s social conservatism, but Harmsworth said he did not go to Olympia to advance a conservative social agenda.

In a legislative session with many new lawmakers facing their paramount duty of fixing education funding, Harmsworth’s experience and record of representing his district makes him the best choice.