Voters in the 32nd Legislative District should vote for a newcomer to bring fresh representation to House Position 1.

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Keith Smith, a Lynnwood grocery clerk and advocate for children and good governance, is a longshot candidate for the Legislature.

But voters in the 32nd Legislative District extending from North Seattle to Lynnwood should consider opportunities to elect newcomers committed to open government, tax fairness and fresh approaches to problems like homelessness.

They should vote for Smith for House Position 1.

Passionate advocate for juveniles interacting with justice system

He is seeking to unseat Cindy Ryu, a former Shoreline mayor now serving her fourth term. Ryu is supported by the party establishment, and her lengthy commitment to public service is laudable. But it’s time for change.

Ryu said she regrets voting with the majority for Senate Bill 6617, the Legislature’s disgraceful attack on the state Public Records Act that passed in February and was then vetoed by Gov. Jay Inslee. But Ryu’s regret was apparently with the approval process she participated in, bypassing public review.

Both of Ryu’s challengers are ardent defenders of the Public Records Act and critical of the Legislature’s vote for SB 6617.

Smith is running as a “centrist” but said he’s likely to caucus with Democrats.

Also running is Diodato Boucsieguez, who recently graduated from the University of Washington. He gained prominence with the College Republicans and expressed an unfortunate affinity for repugnant gadfly Milo Yiannopoulos.

Smith has life experience that should help with some of the Legislature’s biggest challenges. He was temporarily homeless growing up and later worked his way through college, becoming his family’s first member to earn a degree.

He has worked as an advocate for juveniles in the justice system and is articulate in advocating for reforms and better outcomes from social-service programs.

Voters in the 32nd have an opportunity in Smith to elect a promising newcomer and send a message that they expect a fresh start in the 2019 Legislature.