North Kitsap Herald


Springsteel gives his final endorsements

October 6, 2012 · Updated 12:54 PM

I’ve enjoyed giving my two cents worth, twice. Before your ballots arrive in mid-October, I seek that free speech privilege once more.

Here I’ll just list the better candidates for remaining offices; the numbers represent the percentage of votes they received in the primary.

Open seats, statewide
— Secretary of State: Kim Wyman (41).
— State Auditor: Jim Watkins (47).
— Attorney General: Reagan Dunn (38).

Incumbents, non-partisan
— Lands Commissioner: Peter Goldmark (51).
— Superintendent of Public Instruction: Randy Dorn (54).
— Insurance Commissioner: Mike Kreidler (54).

Most of the above positions are technical. In some states I’ve lived in, they’re appointed by governors — a “spoils system.” I’m glad our forefathers made us vote on each of them.

For Kitsap County Commission, I agree with the pluralities in the August primary: Position 1, Rob Gelder (62) and Position 2, Linda Simpson (38); they are of different parties.

However, I also strongly agree with the Herald’s view that they should NOT approve labor contracts in a consent agenda, on an up-or-down no-discussion vote!

For judge positions, the voters found the quality candidates; one Supreme Court race will be on your ballot: Sheryl McCloud (33) edged out my preference, Richard Sanders (30). Either could do the job well; Sanders has done it before but was defeated last time by a Kitsap Countian.

Court of Appeals was wide open: six candidates got more than 10 percent. I’ll go with Pam Loginsky (27). For county Superior Court, Jennifer Forbes (49) mobilized the superior candidacy.

That’s it. On initiatives and referenda, you should not listen to anybody. You should read and study them closely; they affect your life. Your independent vote is the essence of democracy.

Oh, I forgot — president and governor? After 50 years voting, I cannot outguess the people, even though I have studied political science. This is a crucial election for America; are we going to fire an historic president? Hmm. I’ll make side bets that on these two races, this state, historically, will again split its votes.

Dr. Fred Springsteel


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