Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of questions and answers with the Washington State legislative candidates whose districts include a part of Mountlake Terrace. We’re starting with District 32, House Position 2.
By Doug Petrowski
Mountlake Terrace resident Robert Reedy, a Republican, is running for state House Position 2 in Legislative District 32, which includes portions of the city west of I-5. His opponents in the Aug. 7 primary election are incumbent Ruth Kagi (D) and newcomer Eric R. Alvey (R). The top two vote-getters will face each other in the November general election.
Q: Why a run for state office?
A: I am running as we need new people in office; it is obvious that we will not be able to fix the broken vehicle with the mechanics we have.
Q: Did state redistricting influence your decision at all?
A: Redistricting had a huge influence on my decision as it put my neighborhood into the 32nd District.
Q: Do you think you can win?
A: ?I once talked with George Nethercutt (a former five-term congressman from Washington state’s 5th Congressional District); he told me that if he could beat the Speaker of the House (Nethercutt beat Tom Foley in November 1994), anyone can beat anyone else. But we must provide the voting public with a choice; otherwise they just become “we the sheeple,” and Americans are getting real tired of twiddle-dum and twiddle-dee as choices.
Q: What can be done to avoid the seemingly constant battle to bring the state budget into balance?
A: ?We will never end any battle to balance the budget nor stave the avalanche of super-spending. Most officeholders have sponsors and it is all for them; mix that with the public-be-damned attitude and you have the recipe for what we have now.
Q: Do you support Initiative 502, the legalization of small amounts of marijuana?
A: No. Marijuana is illegal for a reason, and it should stay that way. We don’t need kids having free access to it. Like booze there are restrictions for a reason.
Q: Do you support Initiative 1192, defining legal marriage in Washington state as between one man and one woman?
A: I support I-1192 and do not apologize for my support.