Experience building support for social-service programs in Olympia makes Lauren Davis an apt choice to fill the District 32 House of Representatives seat long held by retiring state Rep. Ruth Kagi.

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In a primary election with a variety of qualified and passionate candidates for the Legislature, Lauren Davis stands out for her political skills and accomplishments advocating for those suffering from addiction.

Voters in Legislative District 32, which extends from North Seattle to Lynnwood, should elect Davis to House Position 2.

She was founding executive director of Washington Recovery Alliance, a nonprofit that has pressed for sentencing reforms and increased recovery services.

The Democrat has worked on school suicide-prevention programs, after working at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Experience building support for social-service programs in Olympia makes Davis an apt choice to fill a seat long held by retiring state Rep. Ruth Kagi.

All Washingtonians have benefited from Kagi’s leadership on children’s and family issues, and Davis would be another strong advocate from the bench.

Also running is Shoreline Mayor Chris Roberts, a Democrat, who earlier worked as a legislative assistant in Oregon.

Roberts is a thoughtful public servant, but Davis is uniquely qualified for a Legislature that must step up its response to addiction and improve oversight of social-service programs.

A third candidate, Republican former New York paramedic Frank Deisler, declined to participate in the Times endorsement process.

Voters in the 32nd should choose Davis for Position 2.