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Originally published July 22, 2012 at 3:00 PM | Page modified July 23, 2012 at 6:03 AM

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The Times endorses Jessyn Farrell for the 46th District

Jessyn Farrell offers the most thoughtful and inclusive platform of the Democrats running for the House of Representatives from the 46th Legislative District.

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DEMOCRATS are running against Democrats in the 46th Legislative District race to replace the retiring Rep. Phyllis Gutiérrez Guiterrez Kenney. Our choice among the liberal pack is made easy by the energy and independence of Jessyn Farrell.

Candidates for the 46th, which includes Northeast Seattle, Lake Forest Park and Kenmore, come in only one political hue. Farrell offers the most thoughtful and inclusive Democratic perspective, though on transit and environmental issues she has bucked her party.

The 38-year-old lawyer is the former executive director of the pro-transit Transportation Choices Coalition and a respected voice on transportation and environmental issues in King County and the state. Farrell was raised in the district, attended local public schools and graduated from the University of Washington.

She would be a voice fighting budget cuts in K-12 and higher education. Her background in mediation law offers skills that could help ease partisan tensions in the Legislature.

Farrell was rated "very good" by the Municipal League of King County, which measures candidates on community involvement, effectiveness, character and knowledge.

Shelly Crocker is a bankruptcy lawyer and strong supporter of education. She needs to be better informed about the complex issues facing our state. Sarajane Siegfriedt, a former marketing manager for Boeing, offers an extensive résumé of community volunteering and advocacy for affordable housing. But she believes Washington's problems stem from only a lack of revenue, a narrow perspective that would make her unlikely to help lawmakers tackle critical reforms.

Dusty Hoerler, a plumber, has a strong labor background but is not as informed on the issues as Farrell.

Scott M. Hodges, a Republican, and Stan Lippman, a Democrat and perennial candidate, did not mount campaigns.

Farrell is best suited to represent Seattle and play a key role helping lawmakers move Washington forward.

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