35th District (Mason County, WA) candidates vie for spots I & II as State Representative. Kathy Haigh admitted opposing the super majority mandate, perennially popular with voters whenever it appears as an initiative, for tax increases She characterized the idea as a minority holding the majority hostage. Haigh was unable to draw the parallel to the 3/4ths super-majority of states necessary to amend/ratify changes to the U.S. Constitution. When reminded of the voter sentiment consistently supporting a super-majority mandate for net tax increases, Haigh conceded she'd abide by the will of the people for the 2-year minimum period mandated by law before legislators gut the law as they've done repeatedly, according to Haigh, with prior passed initiatives--most, according to Representative Haigh.
Dan Griffey repeatedly based his appeal to voters on a them of getting government 'off people's back". The stark difference between this fiscal conservative and his opponent (Kathy Haigh) was dramatic. Haigh concedes people interested in keeping taxes low will not be happy with her voting record. She invited the audience to believe her views were inconsequential since she only has ONE vote in the Legislature. Griffey rightly demurred that a Representative's task was to form coalitions of like minded elected officials in order to serve their constituents while in office. The two disagreed on whether regulations had become onerous to small business or were vital to protecting the public.