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Originally published Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 4:01 PM

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The Times recommends: Re-elect Rep. Ruth Kagi, Democrat, 32nd Legislative District, Position 2

Return Rep. Ruth Kagi to Olympia to make tough budget decisions and serve the 32nd Legislative District.

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DEMOCRATIC state Rep. Ruth Kagi is the solid choice for re-election from the 32nd Legislative District, which covers Northwest Seattle, Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, south Edmonds, Woodway and unincorporated Snohomish County.

Kagi, who chairs the Early Learning and Children's Services Committee, helped implement child-welfare reforms and early-learning programs in one of the leanest budget years ever.

Her ability to work across the aisle was demonstrated by her work with state Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, on Senate Bill 6386, which sought to reduce fraudulent activity in public-assistance programs, including electronic benefit cards. She guided the bill through her committee and the House.

The lawmaker has also worked to maximize the return on state dollars put into housing programs for struggling families. She led efforts to improve truck-safety requirements for intrastate trucking and general safety, such as covering loads.

As the Legislature looks at lean revenues and seeks to accommodate legal imperatives to fully fund education in Washington, Kagi's skills and expertise will be all the more valuable.

Kagi's two opponents, Robert Reedy and Eric Alvey, are not prepared to replace a seasoned, effective voice in Olympia from the 32nd.

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