Rep. Marcie Maxwell of Renton is our choice for a third-term representing the 41st District.
In her first two terms in the state House of Representatives, Maxwell, a Democrat, has proven herself a valuable and influential leader and thinker on issues important to the Eastside. In particular, she has shown leadership in education and the needs of small business.
Her opponent, Republican Tim Eaves of Issaquah, is running in part because he saw that no one was stepping up to challenge Democrat Maxwell in her re-election bid. Eaves is new to the 41st District — before redistricting, he was in the 48th Legislative District in northeast King County.
He told the Municipal League he’s running because Rob McKenna will need a like-minded House and Senate to advance his agenda if he’s elected governor. That seems pretty lame to us. We want our lawmakers to advance the agenda of their constituents and not merely serve as a vote in the Legislature.
Also troubling is his view on early childhood education in particular — he wants proof that it’s necessary. Anyone who pays attention to education issues knows that a key to a child’s success in school is getting them ready to learn.
Eaves is an experienced and successful engineer and business owner. But he does not seem tuned in to the scope of economic disparity across the district. Maxwell, on the other hand, has invested a great deal to know the people and their issues in all her district’s cities. She is often on the Island — from Chamber luncheons to Summer Celebration to Rotary functions and more. She understands that some families need help. She understands that education, starting in early childhood, is a key to success in the future. She is serving on committees that will ensure that basic education is fully funded.
She and Eaves also diverge on Initiative 1240, which if approved would allow for charter schools, something Washington’s voters have already rejected three times. Eaves supports the initiative; Maxwell wants our tax dollars spent to ensure that all students succeed, not just a select few.
Maxwell is leader on a number of broad issues, including quality of life, that are important to her entire district — and the state. We need her compassion and leadership in Olympia.