A Time for Choosing
As we approach the 58th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s speech, “A Time for Choosing,” it may be worthwhile for those familiar with it to watch it again. For those who have never seen it, I highly recommend you do an Internet search for it and watch it. It amazes me how many issues are still relevant and saddens me how many of the problems still exist.
We have lost considerable ground in the effort to control not just the size of our ever-expanding government, but also the government’s intrusion into our daily lives. Yet we remain, for now, humanity’s last and best hope. Judging by the crush of people crossing our southern border our country is still a place worth escaping to.
Voters will soon cast their ballots for a number of offices. At the federal level voters will either ratify the economic policies of the past two years that have given us record inflation or demand a course correction. In the state legislature voters will signal their approval of continually increasing taxes coupled with declining services and additional dismantling of our criminal justice system or demand increased government accountability and increased public safety.
At the local level voters will cast ballots in one of the most consequential, yet often overlooked, offices that has a direct impact on your quality of life: County Prosecuting Attorney. The prosecutor very much sets the tone for law enforcement in our county. If the prosecutor signals that they are soft on crime we will get more crime, by way of repeat offenders and those drawn by the perception of easier targets. Conversely, by taking a firm stand against crime we will reduce the amount of crime you see and experience when offenders are taken off the street and others opt to seek a path of lesser resistance.
In the race for Snohomish County Prosecutor, I have put forth plans and strategies to tackle the out-of-control crime we are all seeing, while ensuring that everyone is treated fairly. Everyone should be held to the same standard and should have the same access to justice, regardless of what they look like or any other personal characteristic.
My opponent has not indicated that he will deviate from the status quo. He has said that he will use his “prosecutorial discretion to best serve our diverse community.” It seems that his decision to charge a person with a crime or to seek justice for a victim would hinge on the color of that person’s skin or their national origin, or other personal factors. That is not justice.
In the coming weeks you will choose who you want to set the tone for law enforcement in Snohomish County. You will choose how safe our schools, parks, and neighborhoods are. Your vote will determine whether we take back our communities or we continue the current trend of increasing crime and disorder. Note well: not voting is a vote for more of the same. Choose wisely.
Thank you for your kind consideration.
God Bless America,
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