Like me, you've probably heard plenty of rhetoric during this campaign, and been bombarded with wild accusations from out of state special interests. I've received multiple phone calls from organizations trying to convince me that Jan Angel is an extremist.
But what is the truth?
I decided to examine both candidates' voting records — the reality is far different from what the special interests claim. When comparing Angel's and Nathan Schlicher's votes this year, Angel broke with the majority of her party more often than Schlicher did opposing the majority vote of her party 53 times.
In comparison, Schlicher broke rank with Democrats only 25 times. When you examine each vote, the difference between candidates becomes even clearer. When Schlicher broke rank, 12 of 25 votes were in opposition to successful bi-partisan bills.
In contrast, 43 of Angel's 53 votes against her party were in support of successful bi-partisan bills.
Clearly, Angel is more open-minded when it comes to legislation. Voters can go to
WashingtonVotes.org and check for themselves.
With a narrowly divided state senate, it's important that we have a Senator who is willing to listen to good ideas coming from both sides of the legislative chamber, rather than just towing the party line.
I will be casting my vote for the candidate who has done just that, Representative Jan Angel.
Brenda Petrick | Port Orchard