Northwest NEWS

October 26, 1998

Local News

State Representative - 44th District

Position 1

   Dave Schmidt
   Party: Republican
   Personal: age, 44; occupation, personnel administrator; hometown, Mays Pond; family, married, two children
   When it comes down to it, Dave Schmidt says his experience in the legislature is why you should re-elect him.
   "I've been there," he said. "I work hard to be respected on both sides of the aisle. That's what makes you a good legislator."
   Chair of Government Administration, and a member of the Appropriations Committee, Schmidt was elected to the house in 1994.
   His goals, if voters send him back:
   Schmidt also says that no question about it, transportation will be the big issue this next legislative session.
   He supports Referendum 49, adding there is a lot of misinformation circulating on the $2.4 billion transportation measure.
   He said there is a list which contains projects that "across the board agreed need to be done" include widening State Routes 9, 527 and 522.

Eric Goodrich
   Party: Democrat
   Personal: age, 40; occupation, free-lance paralegal; hometown, Everett; family, lives with and cares for father.
   Goodrich bases his run for the Legislature on his ability to see the bigger picture and plan for the future.
   With 20,000 families a year moving into Snohomish County, Goodrich faults the Legislature for failing to fund education in order to lower class sizes and build and staff new schools.
   As far as transportation is concerned, Goodrich looks to the long-range need for rapid transit, perhaps making use of existing Park and Rides along I-5. He also sees the need for innovative ideas to serve more communities.
   Goodrich targets increased criminal justice funding with an emphasis on prevention of juvenile crime, rather than the "drive it 'til it breaks" attitude.
   After being involved with Head Start, Goodrich sees a great need for more funding for preschool programs.
   A better partnership between business and education is also high on his list.
   Goodrich sees himself as a rural Democrat who owns guns and enjoys hunting. But as a businessman, he is fiscally conservative.
   He adds, I am also a maverick, but "if you want to make the community better you have to make waves and butt heads with the Democratic Caucus," he said. "We're the red-headed step-children of the party."
   He has lived in the district for 28 years
   Position 2

Bill Thompson
   Party: Republican
   Personal: age, 61; occupation, retired Air Force Lt. Col., former manager; hometown, Silver Lake; family, married, two children
   Bill Thompson has his eye on Y2K, the computer chip problem that may affect the economy Jan. 1, 2000.
   Thompson is known for his wetlands banking and marriage bills. The former would cut the cost of wetlands mitigations.
   Thompson said he did the latter to keep male-female marriages separate from homosexual unions. While he said homosexuality wasn't a behavior to support, he felt rehabilitation was possible.
   Asked why voters should re-elect him, Thompson said there were two reasons: "I'm going to look at issues objectively and have given up a good job to work in Olympia, and I'm willing to work with everyone to get results."


John Lovick
   Party: Democrat
   Personal: age, 47; occupation, Sergeant, Washington State Patrol; hometown, Mill Creek; family, married, three children, two step-children
   Like many others running for office this fall, John Lovick sees transportation, education and criminal justice as the big issues.
   He said legislators took the "easy way out" when they sent Referendum 49 to the voters, rather than making the decision themselves.
   On education, Lovick says, "first of all, we need to pay our teachers better."
   He added that bottom line was "schools should be the safest area of the community all of the time."
   He takes credit for putting an officer in an area high school, "a very popular program." Lovick, who is a 25-year veteran of the State Patrol, also feels strongly about criminal justice and what he calls "unfunded mandates" from tough-talking legislators.
   Lovick adds that while rehabilitation must remain an option, there also must be swift punishment for even small crimes.
   Lovick said he got into politics because people in his neighborhood wanted a voice on the council.