Northwest NEWS

May 17, 1999

Editorial

Secretary of State leaves impressive legacy of service to citizens

   I want to add my voice to the chorus of adulation paid to Washington's soon-to-be retired Secretary of State, Ralph Munro. Over the past three decades, Mr. Munro has defined to all of us what it means to be a true and honest public servant.

   When he leaves office next year, he will leave an impressive legacy of service to the citizens. He brought integrity, innovation, and increased participation to the elections and voting process. He displayed grace and diplomacy while engaged in international trade and cultural relations. And, he consistently showed concern and compassion while advocating various causes like developmentally disabled children or the environment.

   With an impressive list of professional and personal accomplishments, it will be nearly impossible to adequately replace Ralph Munro. Yet, in announcing his retirement so many months before the 2000 elections, Munro ensures that the contest to succeed him will be worthy of his legacy.

State Rep. John Lovick, 44th Legislative District