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~=~ .... ~ 4 ~ t ow/ino ;eek to un;eat incumbent Sheldon By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncounty com State Rep. TimSheldon (D-Pot- latch), who has represented the 35th District since 1997, said his bipartisan efforts have helped pass state budgets and educate urban legislators about the importance of such rural issues as farming. But Irene Bowling, the Silverdale Democrat who is seeking to unseat him, says Sheldon is failing to repre- sent the values of district residents while focusing on legislation to make big corporations even more profitable. The two are competing to represent the 35th District, which includes all of Mason County. The 67-year-old Sheldon, who is also a Mason County commissioner, was elected to the state House of Rep- resentatives in 1991 and to the state Senate in 1997. His Swedish grand- father immigrated to Mason County in 1918, when Potlatch was a logging camp. Sheldon was voted by his colleagues to serve as president pro tempore of the Senate, vice chairman of the rules committee and vice chairman of the en- ergy, environment and telecommunica- tions committee. Sheldon said his efforts reaching across the aisle in the state Legislature helped pass bipartisan budgets with Sheldon Bowling a 44.4 vote in 2013 and 48-1 vote this year, without raising taxes. "During the last two years, I've brought a sense of bipartisanship to the Legislature," he said. "My opponents will call me a traitor and a turncoat." Sheldon added, "A lot of the opposition is emotional ... pay- back or emotional an- ger because I'm not a party clone. I'm not a person who can vote straight party line." The biggest issues facing the state are funding education, and "living within our means" when it comes to overall state spending, Shel- don said. The Legislature also needs to rec- ognize the drastic differences between rural and urban counties, Sheldon said. The city of Shelton struggles to pass budgets and fund its infrastruc- ture, while Seattle is flourishing as the fastest growing city in the country, he said. Sheldon calls his re-election effort "a very intense campaign" because of money being donated to Bowling from groups utside the district, including unions in Seattl and outside Washing- ton. Sheldon said he will not seek a fourth term onthe Mason County Corn- AT A GLANCE: 35th Legislative District Senator Tim Sheldon Prefers Democratic Party Incumbent For more information, go to votetimsheldon.com or email senatortimsheldon@gmail.com Irene Bowling Prefers Democratic Party Challenger For more information, go to irenebowling.com or email info@irenebowling.com mission in two years. Bowling, 57, said she entered the race because "I'm very disappointed with my opponent. I don't think he rep- resents our values in Mason County and Kitsap County." Bowling said she also was prompted to challenge Shel- don "when he joined the Republican caucus and still has the nerve to run as a Democrat." Bowling's family moved from Kan- sas to Kitsap County in the 1930s. She started teaching piano lessons at age 13, and earned a doctorate degree in music from the University of W.ashing- ton. Bowling has owned and operated Bowling Music Studios Inc. for 34 years. Her experience owning and op- erating a small business, and listening to and communicating with hundreds of her students, are traits that will help her as a legislator, she said. "I'm honest," she said. "I'm hard working. I'm a fighter ... I'm very am- bitious for our state." The challenges in the 35th District include a shortage of jobs and the need to improve educational opportunities, Bowling said. The mother of three teenagers said she likes programs such as the Early Learning program in the Pioneer School District that engage children before they enter kindergar- ten. Bowling said she has knocked on more than 10,000 doors while cam- paigning. She said she hears from seniors worried about their pensions and the parents of young children concerned about the quality of educa- tion. - "The 35th (District) can be much better economically, educationally and environmentally," she said. Bowling said her campaign is being financially fueled by working class in- dividuals. Dear Friends and Neighbors I am running for reelection this year for PUD 3. as your commissioner in District 2, I have worked hard for all of us now; and I have worked hard to create a path for our future. Your PUD 3 is managed well and I will continue to work to keep our rates low and our power reliable. I ask for your vote this November. Experienced Commissioner 50 Plus Year Resident of Mason County 30 Year Business Owner in Mason County -- Respec fully, Tom Farmer Paid for bythe re-elect Tom Farmer PUD 3 Campaign. PO Box 214 Allyn, WA 98524