On Nov. 5, voters is in the 26th Legislative District face a special election for the state Senate seat between Nathan Schlicher, D-Gig Harbor, and Rep. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard.
This election is hotly contested because of the narrow Democrat majority in the Senate.
Lots of outside money is being spent to try to sway the result. The attack ads have been vicious.
I fear that the real issues are being ignored. Our health care system is in the midst of a tide of change. Washington State’s Health Benefits Exchange has opened. Medicaid expansion is real. Hospitals are merging left and right. Who is paying attention to these changes and what they mean to citizens who are seeking health care?
I would offer that, in such times, having a physician in the state Legislature is crucial. Schlicher is a practicing physician and, therefore, has a better understanding of how the health care system works than almost anyone in Olympia. He has done a wonderful job of pursuing thoughtful and cost-conscious improvements in our health care system during the past year. Keeping his voice present could not be more important.
Angel already has a seat in the House and will continue to represent the 26th District, whether she wins this election are not.
As such, I would encourage all voters to seriously consider voting for Schlicher in November.