Kagi’s challengers can’t touch her experience, results and authenticity as a committed public servant.

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STATE Rep. Ruth Kagi is a Washington treasure. In her 18 years in the 32nd Legislative District’s House Position No. 2, the North Seattle Democrat has been a champion of the state’s youngest citizens, advocating for the best education from their earliest moments to ensuring care when their families can’t provide it.

Her leadership was recognized with appointment as co-chair of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission to create a new department of children and families.

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Ruth Kagi

Ruth Kagi

32nd Legislative District, Position No. 2

Strengths: Political leanings match her district well, but are tempered with a mature pragmatism

Kagi is a Washington treasure. The North Seattle Democrat has been a champion of the state’s youngest citizens, advocating for the best education from their earliest moments to ensuring care when their families can’t provide it. ..."

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Her liberal political leanings match her district well, but are tempered with a mature pragmatism that can get results when working with Republican colleagues in a shared interest.

Kagi is wrong on her general opposition to charter schools. However, she visited one and was impressed enough to decide she would not vote to shut existing schools down — and they weren’t.

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She is challenged from the left by Democrat Wesley Irwin of Shoreline, a passionate Bernie Sanders supporter who is not well-steeped in the biggest issue before the Legislature: K-12 school funding. Also running is Republican David D. Schirle of Lynnwood and Libertarian Alex Hart of Shoreline.

None of Kagi’s challengers can touch her experience, results and authenticity as a committed public servant.

Kagi should go back to Olympia. Washington state needs her.