Because of the growth he has demonstrated as a lawmaker and a demeanor that focuses upon solutions rather than rhetoric, Brandon Vick has earned a return to Olympia as state representative from the 18th District, Position 1.
Vick, R-Felida, is facing a worthy opponent in Vancouver Democrat Justin Oberg, as he seeks a third term in the Legislature. But his demonstrated interest in working for the benefit of constituents and his demonstrated diligence in taking the job seriously leave few valid reasons for removing him from office. Therefore, Vick has earned the recommendation of The Columbian’s Editorial Board. As always, this is merely a recommendation designed to foster discussion. The Columbian has faith in the ability and the desire of voters to examine the issues and the candidates before making an informed decision.
In examining this race, voters will find that Vick is a hard-working lawmaker who is attentive to the needs of his community. He has sponsored six bills that have become law, focusing primarily upon supporting the needs of small businesses — which is understandable given his experience with his family’s landscaping business. He serves on numerous committees plus the Legislative Ethics Board, and rightly boasts about never having missed a vote during his time in Olympia.
Oberg also is deserving of a close look from voters. A newcomer to politics, he presents ideological differences when compared with Vick and gives the electorate a reasonable alternative in this race:
• Vick supports Washington’s current system for determining the minimum wage, one that calls for cost-of-living increases each year. Oberg supports a large statewide increase.