√ Judy Clibborn | Editorial

August primary ballots should be in hand. But what do they mean this time around? Should we bother?

Washington’s Secretary of State Sam Reed said last week that he forecasts a 38 percent voter turnout for the 2010 mid-term Washington state primary now underway. Surely we can do better than that — and Islanders usually do, sending in their ballots without fail. But it is August. And just what is it that cannot be dealt with in the November general election? There is really only one political race that needs voters’ attention here and now. It is the race to determine who will be on the November ballot for State Representative Position #2 in our 41st Legislative District. Incumbent Judy Clibborn, an Islander, has served us well and deserves our vote once again.

Clibborn is smart, studied and well-prepared. She is focused and present. Since her election to the state house in 2003, Clibborn has missed just 52 votes out of 6,100 roll calls — an eight-tenths of one percent absentee rate. She has championed causes and laws both big and small that have benefitted not only Islanders, but people throughout our state. And she chairs the all-important Joint Transportation Committee — a very powerful position and a good one for those here worried not only about preserving I-90 access but expanding transit as well. With all of these accomplishments no doubt, Clibborn will make it through this first round without a hitch. So then again, why should we bother to vote?

Because we can and should practice this right whenever we have the opportunity. Let’s show our children and neighbors and the world that no matter what the topic, our right to vote counts.

We tip our collective hats to Islander Megan Hand (see story on page 15), whose idea of how to keep kids engaged in art at Island schools combines many concepts creatively. Her idea to re-purpose a school bus into a mobile art studio and classroom is both simple and elegant. Bravo!

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