Agree with him or not, Jim Moeller rarely leaves any doubt about where he stands on the issues. Moeller, D-Vancouver, is straightforward and thoughtful while working toward solutions for the state’s problems, and the people of the 49th Legislative District have elected him six times as a state representative.
The Columbian recommends a seventh trip to Olympia for Moeller, who has proven to be a strong, curious and engaged legislator. As always, this is merely a recommendation. The Columbian has confidence in the ability and the desire of the electorate to become knowledgeable of the issues and the candidates. In studying the race between Moeller and political newcomer Lisa Ross, R-Vancouver, voters will find a vast difference in the candidates’ knowledge, philosophy and presentation.
Moeller, who served as speaker pro tempore of the House of Representatives during the 2013-14 legislative session, is a firm believer in the ability of government to improve the lives of citizens. Putting that belief into action, he was the primary sponsor for 35 bills over the past two years.
Yet, he is not prone to sloganeering or political posturing, instead adopting a nuanced approach that leads to a deep understanding of the issues. On the idea of unearthing money for K-12 education, as mandated by the state Supreme Court, he said, “We are not going to be able to get there, with an additional $3 billion, without raising taxes. The argument next year is going to be, is it 1 cent or 2 cents?” he said, referring to the state sales tax.
Moeller’s solutions, to a fault, often involve tax increases. Yet his views have long played well in the progressive-leaning 49th District. “Hopefully, my colleagues, both Ds and Rs, will give us more than slogans like ‘fund education first,’ ” he said during a meeting with The Columbian’s Editorial Board.