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AFTER two years representing Eastern King County’s 5th Legislative District, state Rep. Chad Magendanz easily has earned another term.

Magendanz brings much-needed moderation and intellectual rigor to Olympia.

His professional and civic résumé — U.S. Navy submarine officer, Microsoft manager and Issaquah School Board president — is impressive. First elected to the Legislature in 2012, he rose quickly to leadership in the House Republican caucus, earning a spot as the ranking minority member of the important Education Committee. He is rated outstanding by the Municipal League of King County.

Magendanz’s campaign focuses on ways for the state to fulfill the state Supreme Court’s McCleary education-funding order, and on better use of higher education to make graduates job-ready. On both issues, he has well-developed proposals that should be taken seriously when the Legislature reconvenes in January.

Magendanz, a pro-choice Republican, shows an independent streak, including voting against a set of pork-barrel tax exemptions tucked into the 2013-2015 state budget.

He should cultivate that streak further.

He should support a statewide transportation package that includes reforms, and would likely improve infrastructure vital for his suburban-rural district.

He is a clear choice over his two Democratic opponents, education activist David Spring and Colin Alexander, who lack Magendanz’s experience.

Vote for Chad Magendanz for the 5th Legislative District, Position 2.

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