Candidates reflect the issues during final days of campaign
Last updated 11/1/2018 at Noon
Mill Creek City Councilmember Jared Mead hopes to ignore the temptation to check early returns while he participates in the City Council meeting scheduled for the same night as the general election next week.
Mead plans to wait until he gets home to be with his wife before he checks on results from voting in the 44th Legislative District where he is challenging incumbent Republican lawmaker Mark Harmsworth for Position No. 2 in the state Legislature.
“Nov. 6 will tell us if voters in the 44th District will support candidates who talk about the issues and listen to the voters, or if they want more of the partisan politics that my opponent represents,” Mead told The Beacon.
The 26-year-old graduate of Jackson High said he has knocked on tens of thousands of doors since he launched his campaign in March. He said his opponent has utilized a negative mail campaign in an attempt to retain his seat in Olympia.
One mailer, according to Mead, shows him shirtless during a family vacation several years ago to claim he is too young to represent the interests of the residents of the district. Another mailer claims that his campaign has caused him to neglect his duties as a member of the Mill Creek City Council.
“Public records make that claim easy to disprove,” Mead said. “I was excused from the only council meeting that I have missed since being elected because I was literally holding my dog in my arms while she was being euthanized.
“That is just plain wrong. And beyond cruel.”
Rep. Harmsworth did not respond to numerous attempts to be interviewed for this article.
Incumbent lawmaker John Lovick claims to have personally knocked on more than 30,000 doors in all 161 precincts in the district in his attempt to win re-election to a fourth term in Position No. 1 in the 44th District.
The veteran lawmaker, who has lived in the community for more than 40 years, said he will carry the message from the voters he spoke with to fight for lower property taxes and relief from the high cost of automobile license tabs.
“Have been enthused by the number of young people who have volunteered to work on our campaign this year, “ Lovick said. “We’ve had well over 200 volunteers that have come from events like the Super Saturday we held at Snohomish High School.
“We have more young people registered than ever before. We are counting on them to come out and vote on Nov. 6.”
The incumbent is opposed by former Snohomish County Councilmember Jeff Sax, who has campaigned against tolls on the Route 2 trestle that connects Monroe and Lake Stevens with Everett, as well as transparency in government.
“It is important to have alternative voices to the majority in Olympia to represent our district, to be sure we get our fair share of tax revenues from the state,” Sax said. “We should not have to wait for citizens to sue our state to fund education. The same can be said for issues like lost accreditation for our state hospital and authorities who refuse to enforce the law.”
In the race for the state Senate in the 44th District, Retired Navy Capt. Doug Roulstone is talking about tolls and the undue burden of taxes on the elderly in his attempt to oust incumbent Steve Hobbs.
“In this economy, we should be able to find a way to fund our schools and our public services without an unfair tax on commuters in the form of tolls,” Roulstone said. “We need two additional lanes on the trestle and more lanes on I-405. And we need to find a way to fund the projects with existing funds before imposing new taxes.
“Tolls are illegal.”
Hobbs told The Beacon he has taken the high road against the $330,000 in negative ads that have been used against him in the primary campaign and the general election. Hobbs topped his opponents by 15 percent in the August primary.
“I will continue to work as I have always done to represent the residents of this district in Olympia.”
The senator continued to serve the district during his deployment by communicating with his staff during his deployment with the National Guard in Estonia this past summer. He hopes to resume his leadership role as chairman of the senate Transportation Committee.