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Editorial: Larry Springer, Joel Hussey for Washington state's 45th Legislative District

Voters in the 45th Legislative District should choose Joel Hussey and Rep. Larry Springer for pragmatic and independent-minded leadership in the state House.

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In the two state House positions in the 45th Legislative District, voters should return Rep. Larry Springer for a fifth term and elect Redmond small-business owner Joel Hussey.

The district includes parts of Kirkland and Woodinville, Redmond, Duvall, Carnation and the Upper Snoqualmie Valley.

For Position 1, Hussey is a Republican whose budget and finance skills make him the better choice over the incumbent, Democratic Rep. Roger Goodman. Goodman is bright and likeable, but he has not embraced critical fiscal and governance reforms. Hussey better grasps the need for change. He would be a powerful advocate on public education, including the need for reform and building a better system from early learning to higher education.

Hussey has not served in public office before, but he has a compelling civic resume, including successfully leading the Lake Washington Youth Soccer Association, a 6,500-youth sports organization, through a period of financial and legal tumult.

In Position 2, Democrat Springer is known as a smart policy wonk on jobs and economic development. A member of the House leadership, Springer has a proven ability to work across the political aisle. He worked with Republicans to rein in pensions and other long-term costs, and voted for transparency for the billion-dollar-a-year health plan for teachers. Springer has considerable public-service experience, having served on the Kirkland City Council and as mayor of Kirkland.

Hussey and Springer offer 45th District constituents strong, pragmatic and independent-minded leadership in Olympia.

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