Vote Campbell and McCune back to
The Olympian, 2006
Voters in the 2nd Legislative District should return Rep. Tom
Campbell, R-Roy, for another two-year term in the state House of
chiropractor has spent 12 years in the state Legislature, first as a
Democrat and now as an independent-thinking Republican.
He has a refreshing attitude about
partisan politics, pointing out that he's seen the best and worst of
both parties, and refuses to vote the party line with his GOP
His allegiances lie with the
residents of the 2nd District, which, geographically speaking, is
the third-largest district in the state, covering the Yelm-Rainier
area and eastern
His top priorities
remain health care, transportation, public health and job creation,
all critically important in the rapidly growing district. As someone
who works in the health care field,
he brings a level of expertise to
health care issues confronting the Legislature that few of his
colleagues can claim.
He was instrumental in securing
$33.5 million in state funding for the Yelm Bypass project, which
will go a long way toward relieving traffic congestion in the city.
He vows to work on shrinking the timetable for the project, not
slated for construction until 2012, and finding a link between the
bypass and Interstate 5.
Democratic challenger is Jeff Stephan, a union carpenter who ran
unsuccessfully for Eatonville Town Council last year and decided to
run for the Legislature after a back injury derailed his carpentry
Stephan, 41, said his
focus as a legislator would be on education, the environment,
employment and energy, insisting the state is well poised to become
more energy independent, a position in keeping with his support of
Initiative 937, the renewable energy measure.
Stephan talks the talk
of a liberal Democrat, calling for a progressive state income tax,
charging that the health care industry is held hostage by drug
companies and supporting state funding for mass transit, bus service
and other ways to get people out of their single-occupancy vehicles.
But he talks in
generalities, which won't lead to legislative remedies of the
problems he outlines. Stephan is not ready for the responsibility
that comes with being a state legislator.