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Originally published Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 5:21 PM

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Editorial: The Times recommends Strom Peterson, Marko Liias and Lilian Ortiz-Self in the 21st District

In the 21st Legislative District, The Seattle Times editorial board recommends Strom Peterson and Lilian Ortiz-Self for the state House seats and Marko Liias for Senate.


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THE 21st Legislative District’s delegation to Olympia will be decidedly different as voters choose who should replace two respected retiring lawmakers.

Strom Peterson is the clear choice to replace state Rep. Mary Helen Roberts, D-Lynnwood, as she leaves her House Position 1.

An owner of a small business, Peterson has a substantive record as a public servant. For five years he has been a member of the Edmonds City Council and was elected by fellow members to serve as president for two years. Peterson, a Democrat, is endorsed by Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling, a well-respected Republican.

In the primary, The Seattle Times editorial board recommended voters elect fellow Democrat Scott Whelpley, a political moderate and Navy veteran.

Whelpley, who was eliminated from the race in the primary, has endorsed Peterson.

Though Peterson’s civic résumé was appealing, he seemed not to have a grasp on the serious education challenges facing the Legislature. But he has the intelligence and experience to bone up quickly on how to help the state improve not only state education funding but also education outcomes.

Peterson's opponent, Republican Allen McPheeters, does not match Peterson's record of public service or knowledge of the district.

For the state Senate seat, neither candidate would replace the moderate pragmatism of former Sen. Paull Shin, who stepped down last year for health reasons. Both contenders, appointed Sen. Marko Liias, a Democrat, and Dan Matthews, a conservative Republican, tend to be more ideological than moderate.

But Liias has the edge because his views seem a better fit for the district.

In the other House seat, Position 2, The Times previously recommended Lillian Ortiz-Self.

Editorial board members are editorial page editor Kate Riley, Frank A. Blethen, Ryan Blethen, Jonathan Martin, Thanh Tan, Blanca Torres, Robert J. Vickers, William K. Blethen (emeritus) and Robert C. Blethen (emeritus).



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