Letters to the Editor

Support Hansen for 23rd District state rep

The 23rd District state representatives race looks like a list of candidates for a 1930 Sons of Norway election, or maybe Sons of Denmark. It’s Hansen, Larsen or Olsen. The names may look the same: The candidates are not.

The district has had good representation over the years yet this year we may have the best candidate in the district’s history in Drew Hansen. When Rep. Christine Rolfes was asked to fulfill the term of Sen. Phil Rockefeller, there was good reason why our County Commission selected Drew Hansen to fulfill the term of Rolfes. It was not about geography. Rather, it was who can best respond to the needs of our people.

Drew Hansen is well honed as a Harvard grad, Rhodes scholar to Oxford in theology, and Yale Law School degree holder. He is young, energetic, has a young family and cares about schools. He is bright as the sun, principled, and is a good, clear, no-nonsense, common-sense communicator who respects all. He listens.

Those who hear him speak on any subject any time remark how well versed he is. He is direct and to the point. And how many candidates have written with the clarity, compassion and inspiration exhibited in his acclaimed book, “The Dream: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech that Inspired a Nation” (Harper Collins, 2003). His creativity and cooperation have already benefited us with educational, entrepreneurial and environmental opportunities.

We are blessed that he is dedicated to all the people of our county, state and to public service. Regardless of your party affiliation, one legislative candidate deserves your support — Drew Hansen!

Judie and Gerald Elfendahl
Bainbridge Island

 

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