REPLACING A NON-REPRESENTATIVE REPRESENTATIVE
The most perplexing instance I’ve seen of an elected representative whose views don’t match up with the views of their electorate is one I’ve watched for quite some time in my own backyard. It’s Jim Moeller (D), State Representative in Washington’s 49th Legislative District. Making this even more perturbing is that Moeller has been elected to this post six times, after sitting on the Vancouver WA City Council for two terms. The only logical explanation I can come up with for “Why has this been happening?!” is that he hasn’t had to face an opponent whose views are more in line than his are with those of the voters. However, this year Moeller is being more than matched by a candidate who, unlike him, is very much like the constituency of the 49th and who shares their views … Lisa Ross (R).
DOGMA WITHOUT COMMON SENSE
In order for a Career Politician to be elected repeatedly, he must do more than be lucky in drawing weak opposition, though. Added to this is that Moeller’s engaging intellect comes across in his presentation. The combination of these two things usually leads to it being overlooked that most of his positions reflect his own personal views (the views of an extreme ideologue), not those of his electorate and that they lack a key element … Common Sense.
OF THE PEOPLE
Lisa Ross, on the other hand, decided to run for State Representative, specifically, because she recognized that her views are most consistent with voters in the 49th while Moeller’s are not. Here’s Lisa statement on that:
“I am running to represent you in the 49th because the people of the 49th deserve a representative who knows many of the struggles that come with being a family in this day and age. You also deserve someone who makes budgetary decisions based on sound fiscal policy, the principles of smaller government, and the best interest of the constituents – someone who will treat you with respect and civility – even if you disagree with them.”
BEGINNING WITH COMMON SENSE
And, Lisa’s approach with each of the issues that concern those voters begins with Common Sense. As she puts it,
“Before I propose or vote for a bill, it must have a ‘Yes’ answer to three basic questions:
1. Is it something the state government should be doing?
2. Does it make fiscal sense?
3. Does it work? That is, could it accomplish what it was designed to accomplish?”
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