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The Times recommends: Re-elect Rep. Ruth Kagi, Democrat, 32nd Legislative District, Position 2
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Return Rep. Ruth Kagi to Olympia to make tough budget decisions and serve the 32nd Legislative District.
ruth-kagiDEMOCRATIC state Rep. Ruth Kagi is the solid choice for re-election from the 32nd Legislative District, which covers Northwest Seattle, Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, south Edmonds, Woodway, Lynnwood and unincorporated Snohomish County.

Kagi, who chairs the Early Learning and Children's Services Committee, helped implement child-welfare reforms and early-learning programs in one of the leanest budget years ever.

Her ability to work across the aisle was demonstrated by her work with state Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, on Senate Bill 6386, which sought to reduce fraudulent activity in public-assistance programs, including electronic benefit cards. She guided the bill through her committee and the House.

The lawmaker has also worked to maximize the return on state dollars put into housing programs for struggling families. She led efforts to improve truck-safety requirements for intrastate trucking and general safety, such as covering loads.

As the Legislature looks at lean revenues and seeks to accommodate legal imperatives to fully fund education in Washington, Kagi's skills and expertise will be all the more valuable.

Kagi's two opponents, Robert Reedy and Eric Alvey, are not prepared to replace a seasoned, effective voice in Olympia from the 32nd.



Testimony before House Ways and Means Subcommittee
Thursday, July 29, 2010

  • House Ways and Means Subcommittee
 

Ruth's testimony before...

The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support.



Originally posted on: waysandmeans.house.gov

Read PDF transcript which provdes full detail



Seattle Times Gives Strong Endorsement to Ruth Kagi Friday, July 30, 2010

An outstanding legislator with expertise in early learning issues...

Seattle Times Gives Strong Endorsement to Ruth Kagi

"An outstanding legislator with expertise in early learning issues and two candidates with local-government experience are endorsed for the 32nd District legislative races.

In the race for Position 2, incumbent Democratic state Rep. Ruth Kagi is the only choice. Kagi, who chairs the Early Learning and Children's Services Committee, is an outstanding legislator. She has developed respected expertise on issues related to the education and care of Washington's youngest citizens.

Her advice and leadership on tough budget choices, especially for the state's most vulnerable populations, could not be more timely or valuable. Republican challenger Gary Gagliardi and Democrat Stan Lippmann are not credible options."



Kagi gets top Municipal League rating Saturday, July 24, 2010

Incumbent Democratic State Rep. Ruth Kagi has won an “Outstanding” rating from the Municipal League of King County. Kagi is the only one of the nine 32nd Legislative District candidates on the primary-election ballot to get the League’s highest rating....

Kagi gets top Municipal League rating

By Evan Smith (ShorelineAreaNews Politics Writer)

Incumbent Democratic State Rep. Ruth Kagi has won an “Outstanding” rating from the Municipal League of King County. Kagi is the only one of the nine 32nd Legislative District candidates on the primary-election ballot to get the League’s highest rating.

 The league announced its ratings of legislative, judicial, municipal and county candidates in contested races a few days ago. The League rated candidates as “Outstanding,” “Very Good,” “Good,” “Adequate” or “Not Qualified,” using four criteria: Involvement, effectiveness, character and knowledge. The League uses questionnaires, interviews with the candidates and information from references to determine its ratings.

The League lists the ratings without comment or explanation. 

Municipal League Co-Chair Gabe Meyer told me Friday that voters should use the League ratings as only one tool in evaluating candidates. He said that he has often voted for candidates with lower ratings than their opponents because of the candidates' stand on issues. He said that the League had neither a liberal nor a conservative bias, but, rather, a “bias for competence.”

Kagi, who is running for a seventh two-year term in 32nd District representative position 2, has two opponents in the August primary: Republican Gary Gagliardi, who won an “Adequate” rating, and Stan Lippmann, running as a Democrat, who was rated “Not Qualified.“
In the State Senate race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Darlene Fairley, Republican David Baker and Democrat Patty Butler both won “Very Good” ratings, and Democrat Maralyn Chase got a “Good” rating.

In the contest to replace Chase in representative position 1, Democrat Cindy Ryu was rated “Very Good,” Republican Art Coday won a “Good” rating, and Democrat Doris McConnell had an “Adequate“ rating. Ryu’s ratings continued on a roller-coaster ride. The League had rated her “Very Good” in a losing bid for Shoreline City Council in 2003, “Outstanding” when she won election to the Council in 2005 and “Adequate” when she lost a re-election bid in 2009. Neither Coday nor McConnell has a record of past League ratings. When McConnell won election to the Shoreline Council in 2007, the League didn’t rate Shoreline candidates.

In the Senate race, Chase got the same “Good” rating she had in re-election bids to the State House of Representatives in 2006 and 2008. She had a “Very Good” rating in 2002 and was unrated when she ran unopposed in 2004, Baker’s “Very Good” rating was a step up from the “Good” rating he had when he challenged Fairley for the Senate seat in 2006. Butler’s “Very Good” rating also was a step up from the “Good” ratings she had when she ran successfully for the State House in 1996 and unsuccessfully for re-election in 1998.

For Kagi, this is the fourth time that the League has given her an “Outstanding” rating. She twice got” Very Good” ratings, and once was not rated when she ran unopposed.


In the one contested election for a position on the Shoreline District Court. a contest that will be on the general-election ballot but not the primary ballot, the League gave an "Outstanding" rating to appointed incumbent Marcine Anderson and a "Very Good" rating to challenger Dennis J. McCurdy.


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New strategy in war on drugs Tuesday, April 2, 2002




Drug courts make sense Friday, February 15, 2002




Background checks needed at gun shows Monday, January 28, 2002




Getting smarter about some drug offenders Friday, January 25, 2002




Fostering stability for kids at school Tuesday, January 22, 2002




Change is blowing in the wind for child welfare Saturday, May 26, 2001




Smart on crime with drug courts April 03, 2001



Legislators to vote on bills to improve foster-care system March 22, 2001


Fix gun-show glitch Tuesday, January 25, 2000




Lessons of Wenatchee  Friday, March 19, 1999




More training for investigators OK'd Saturday, March 13, 1999







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