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Candidates address questions during Olympic Place forum

Helen Starr, right, and other residents and friends of Olympic Place Retirement and Assisted Living listen Oct. 22 to a long list of candidates at the final candidate forum before the election. -
Helen Starr, right, and other residents and friends of Olympic Place Retirement and Assisted Living listen Oct. 22 to a long list of candidates at the final candidate forum before the election.
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ARLINGTON — A resident of Olympic Place, Holly Barto is still debating about who to vote for but high school senior Collyn Crichton has already decided, on one race anyway.

Crichton, of Snohomish, is fulfilling a high school requirement of four hours of election campaign service. She is campaigning for Kirk Pearson, incumbent for the state House of Representatives in the 39th District.

“I’ve been waving signs and came here tonight to show my support,” said Crichton, who was accompanied by her parents and a friend, Mariah McCarty.

“We’ve got a college-bound and a military-bound,” said her father, Robert Crichton.

Barto was busy reading brochures before the session began.

“I’m still wavering on some local positions, but I made my decision today for president. I decided based on the negativity of the campaign,” Barto said. “They are both guilty, but one is worse than the other.”

The long list of candidates who made it all the way to Arlington included the daughter of Chris Gregoire, and Rick Bart, the Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, who is running against Rick Larsen. Larsen sent a representative as did Dino Rossi.

Both Fred Walser and Val Stevens showed up — in the contest for State Senator in the 39th District.

Even state auditor, treasurer, insurance commissioner and the commissioner for public lands candidates, or their representatives, showed up.

The seniors’ questions were presented by Larry Mitsules, who described himself as “a local guy” from Weller Funeral Home.

Questions ranged from insurance and healthcare to transportation and, not surprisingly, elder law. Not all candidates answered all the questions, of course. It would have taken all night. Mitsules selected the candidates to answer each question.

One particularly interesting question was enlightening: “Where does the lottery money go? I thought it was for education.”

Turns out, after 62 percent goes to the winners, the lottery money goes toward economic development and Seattle’s sports stadiums.

At the end of the session, resident Helen Starr voiced her support of the forum.

“Forums like this are very important,” said Starr, a lifelong resident of Arlington.

A neighbor of Olympic Place, Dee Secher-Jensen walked from her house across the creek to hear the candidates.

“We moved here from Pierce County, so it’s nice to meet the candidates who represent this district,” Secher-Jensen said. “You can pretty much guess what they are going to say, but it’s good to see how they say it.”

How to vote

Ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 4 to be valid. They can be dropped off without postage at the Arlington Library, 135 N. Washington Ave., where it is also possible to vote electronically during limited hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Nov. 3 and 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Nov. 4.

Ballots will also be collected at Starbucks in Smokey Point, 3617 172nd St., and at the Food Pavilion/Thrifty, 146 Haller St. from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Nov. 1 and 3, and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 4.

Election Night Bash

Mirkwood and Shire Cafe, on Division Street and Olympic Avenue, has announced an election night bash for watching results on their big screen with live music provided by Sean Denton, Nora Denton and Jeff Nicely.

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