Voters in the 44th legislative District should re-elect John Lovick to the state House.

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John Lovick’s commitment to public service and public safety are two reasons why voters should send him back to Olympia to fill the 44th Legislative District House Position 1 seat.

A retired Washington State Patrol trooper, Lovick, a Democrat, served in the state House from 1998 to 2007. He served as Snohomish County sheriff from 2007 to 2013 and was Snohomish County executive from 2013 to 2015. In 2016, he returned to the Legislature, where his colleagues again ensconced him in leadership as speaker pro tem. His focus has always been on public safety.

The editorial board is aware of the police reports his opponent published online in an attempt to undermine Lovick’s candidacy. That unseemly action of posting police reports from a decades-old case speaks more loudly about challenger Jeff Sax than Lovick.

The allegations of inappropriate behavior were investigated by police and no charges filed. And the alleged victim, his daughter, who was a child then, adamantly insists the allegations are untrue and, in fact, remains close to her father and has worked for his campaigns.

Especially with this stunt, Sax, a Republican and former Snohomish County Councilman, does not present a credible case for his own candidacy, let alone a reason to turn out a respected lawmaker.

Voters should re-elect Lovick.