On local issues, I’m pretty much a single-issue voter. That’s why Goldy’s post on Friday disheartened me:
Word is that state Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond is planning to vote against putting a revised Sound Transit rail proposal on the November ballot. Hammond reports directly to Gov. Chris Gregoire, and is thus her surrogate on the Sound Transit board.
Based on our own analysis and some statements by Executive Ladenburg, Hammond switching over would be good enough by itself to get ST on the ballot in 2008. The Governor, presented with an opportunity to deliver rail as soon as possible, has apparently opted not to do so.
Of course, we’ve pointed out before that Dino Rossi’s transportation philosophy goes beyond pro-SOV and anti-transit, into the realm of the unconstitutional and delusional. In the Governor’s race, there really is no choice on whom to vote for on transportation and other progressive issues.
However, when deciding where to send your finite contribution dollars in this and other years, might I suggest anyone listed as a strong YES vote in this post. Also, U.S. Senator Patty Murray has been instrumental in delivering federal dollars where the state has been MIA. They’re all leaders who are moving forward the pro-rail agenda. I might also suggest the Transportation Choices Coalition, who have been out in front on getting light rail built. In very local races, small contributions can make a big difference.