Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Carlene Walker vs. Karen Morgan in Senate 8: bummer of a race

It is unfortunate that two capable, likeable women who want to be a state senator both happen to live in District 8. Most other senate races that we're following don't have two candidates for whom we could comfortably vote.

Carlene Walker is relatively moderate, and sometimes does nutty things like focus on practical issues such as identity theft and drunk driving rather than peeking in bedroom windows. She runs a good committee meeting, doesn't automatically dismiss competing views, and is intelligent.

Karen Walker is also smart and focuses on issues that actually matter, such as education. She is compassionate but practical, and is not afraid to think outside party lines on issues such as immigration.

The tie-breaker for us? Vouchers. Walker caved to party or other political pressure and voted for vouchers, even though it was directly contrary to Utahns' wishes and detrimental for public education. Still, she says she won't do it again, and we believe her.

So basically, this bites. Senate 8 has two good candidates and only one slot. We have an idea, though: Morgan wins the race. The legislature then gerrymanders Walker into another district. The current senator in District X is caught buying "Nailin' Palin" with a state credit card, resigns in disgrace, and moves to Sandy. Gov. Huntsman appoints Walker to fill out his term. Voila! Election gods, please make it so.

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