[Article by Chad Magendanz- Issaquah, WA. Views expressed are those of the author, not the Living Snoqualmie website. You may submit letters of support for your candidate to email@example.com]
You may remember that I challenged Mark Mullet in 2016 for the 5th LD senate seat and ended up with 49.7% of the vote. Mark and I share much common ground as moderates, and contrast pieces were difficult in a race between a socially-progressive Republican and fiscally conservative Democrat who both earned Outstanding ratings from the Municipal League. However, the balance of power in the Senate was at stake, and I decided that maintaining a bipartisan legislature was important enough to take one for the team, rather than play it safely running for reelection to the House.
To my surprise, even after the election, Mark continued to collaborate with me on legislation, and we testified together to oppose efforts to turn the McCleary levy swap into a levy hike. He’s consistently opposed capital gains and income taxes, as I would have done, and he’s been a voice of moderation and reason inside the Democratic caucus room…something I could never have been. He’s stuck to his principles in the face of fierce partisan pressure from the extreme left, which has taken considerable political courage
He’s earned my endorsement for a third term.
Jay Inslee announced that he’d be endorsing Mark’s opponent, joining the new party leadership that’s spending obscene sums to unseat one of their most respected and accomplished elected officials. Now chair of the powerful Financial Institutions, Economic Development & Trade Committee, Sen. Mark Mullet has attracted attention by consistently refusing to rubber-stamp their tax agenda. Despite his Outstanding Muni League rating and consistent Seattle Times endorsements, they’ve decided to take him out this year because he’s dared to represent the best interests of our district. Their party is driving out its independent thinkers in the same way that BLM mobs are screaming down people in the streets who refuse to raise their fists in the universal symbol for the Marxist revolution.
Look, if anyone has earned the right to hold a grudge against Mark Mullet, it’s probably me. At this point, though, I’m much more concerned that if he loses this reelection that Olympia will soon be adopting new income taxes that we’ll likely never be able to roll back. While Mark and I may still disagree on some policy issues, we share much more common ground than I do with his opponent, who was primarily selected for how she would vote on new taxes. Mark has served with integrity, independence, and a dedicated work ethic. He’s a local businessman who knows firsthand how devastating this COVID recession is going to be too small businesses and their employees, and he’s consistently been willing to stand up to political bullies to ensure no further damage is done. He deserves your vote.
Chad Madendanz, Closing the Skills Gap