Editorial: The Times recommends David Frockt and Jessyn Farrell in 46th Legislative District
State Sen. David Frockt and state Rep. Jessyn Farrell, both Democrats, are strong candidates and deserving of re-election in the 46th Legislative District.
Seattle Times Editorial
VOTERS in the 46th Legislative District should re-elect David Frockt as state senator and Jessyn Farrell as the state representative in Position 2. These two Democrats have been visible and effective voices in Olympia representing the interests of North Seattle, Lake Forest Park and Kenmore.
Both are attorneys and traditional liberals, but they do not shy from thoughtfully debating the policies of their party.
Frockt’s independence is apparent in his list of endorsements, which includes not only the powerful Washington Education Association, but also reform-minded groups such as the League of Education Voters.
Though he failed to vote last session for a simple wording change in state law that would have preserved flexible spending of Title I funding for his local school districts, Frockt says he is open to revisiting the issue.
He is one of the few Democrats willing to publicly oppose Initiative 1351, an ill-conceived class-size measure on the November ballot. Frockt supports the concept, but says it is financially unrealistic, given the education challenges facing the Legislature.
His opponent, Van Sperry, is a political novice and moderate Republican who needs more civic experience.
In the Position 2 race, Jessyn Farrell is running against Branden Curtis, a Republican candidate with no viable campaign.
As former director of the Transportation Choices Coalition with a background in mediation, Farrell speaks convincingly of the need for legislators to compromise. Though she is a proponent of bikes and transit, for instance, she is willing to let go of pet projects so long as lawmakers can pass a modest transportation revenue package to keep roads safe and maintained.
She is the prime sponsor of an ambitious effort to increase the statewide minimum wage to $12, but she is pragmatic and promises the voices of local small businesses and nonprofits would be part of the conversation.
Editorial board members are editorial page editor Kate Riley, Frank A. Blethen, Ryan Blethen, Sharon Pian Chan, Jonathan Martin, Erik Smith, Thanh Tan, Blanca Torres, Robert J. Vickers, William K. Blethen (emeritus) and Robert C. Blethen (emeritus).