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Thursday, July 26, 2012 - Page updated at 04:00 p.m.

Elect Stephanie Bowman for the state's 11th Legislative District, Position 2

STEPHANIE Bowman is the most thoughtful candidate in the race to serve as state representative for the 11th Legislative District, Position 2.

Bowman, a Democrat, has a combination of nonprofit, public-policy and small-business smarts. As executive director of the nonprofit Washington Asset Building Coalition, she has worked to help moderate- and low-income families build wealth.

She also has a deep understanding of legislative work from running government affairs for the Port of Tacoma and the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, and she would bring an outcome-based mindset to evaluating state programs. She has been endorsed by the Machinists union, and her district includes major Boeing plants, Beacon Hill, Tukwila and Renton.

Bobby Virk, Rob Holland, Steve Bergquist and Sarah Sanoy-Wright are also running for the seat. Virk, who runs an orthodontic and dental practice, has raised more money than any other candidate for the state House this year. In a clumsy oversight, he did not pay some benefits on behalf of a former employee in accordance with H1-B visa rules.

Holland, a Port of Seattle commissioner, wants to serve as both state legislator and a commissioner in 2012, and says he would recuse himself from voting on conflicting legislation. A dual seat creates too many gray areas. The residents in the 11th District deserve a candidate who will take positions on their behalf.

Bergquist, a teacher, shows promise but lacks experience in the public sector. Sanoy-Wright has raised little money for her campaign.

Bowman is the clear standout in this race.

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