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Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Health care, roads top issues in 44th House District

  • Mike Hope and Mary McNaughton, candidates for State Representative District 44 Pos 2.

    Mike Hope and Mary McNaughton, candidates for State Representative District 44 Pos 2.

Both Rep. Mike Hope and challenger Mary McNaughton describe themselves as problem solvers. They also share the same concerns. It is how they want to solve those issues that separates them.
Hope, a Republican, is seeking a third term as legislator for the 44th District in the Nov. 6 election. He is facing first-time Democratic candidate McNaughton, a nurse who works at Swedish/Edmonds.
Both Hope and McNaughton want to increase jobs, improve transportation and provide more access to higher education.
Hope wants to get rid of regulations that he said "make no sense."
He is in favor of bringing more health insurance providers to the state.
"Why don't we have more? The government has gotten in the way of competition by requiring mandates," Hope said. "Instead of what people need, the state is focusing on these mandates."
He also wants to allow small mom-and-pop shops to work with their local chambers of commerce to help share health care costs.
McNaughton said lowering health care costs is important to help create jobs.
"Bringing down health care costs will free employers to hire more people," she said.
She wants legislation stating that any company that receives taxpayer money as help, should stay in the community. She used Kimberly-Clark as an example of a company that left the city even though it received taxpayer dollars over the years. McNaughton said Kimberly-Clark should have returned the money.
Both listed opening a satellite branch university in Everett as a main priority.
Hope said the creation of the Everett Community College University Center has helped bring more four-year degrees to the area, and this needs to grow. He wants more courses that give degrees in engineering and other technical careers to prepare workers for the jobs of the future, he said.
McNaughton also wants more STEM courses. She also wants to bring a satellite college, such as Washington State University, to Everett, so people can get a four-year degree without leaving their communities.
On another issue, Hope said the current way to fund transportation is broke. He said he believes new revenue can be generated from user-type fees such as tolls. He wants to invest in roads and infrastructure around Highway 9 to promote development and businesses coming to the area.
McNaughton said heavy traffic is a deterrent for businesses. She wants more funding for public transportation and believes the U.S. 2 trestle needs to be expanded.
Both oppose charter schools and Tim Eyman's initiative.
They believed that legalizing marijuana can bring additional revenue to the state, but both have issues with the initiative on this ballot, one of them being it does not limit where the drug should be distributed.
Hope opposes the equal marriage initiative because of his Christian beliefs on traditional marriage. McNaughton said she is in favor because it is an issue where the state has to be separated from the church.

Alejandro Dominguez: 425-339-3422; adominguez@ heraldnet.com.
What's the job?
At stake is a two-year term as a state representative in the 44th Legislative District Position 2. The area covers the cities of Lake Stevens, Mill Creek, Snohomish and parts of Everett and Marysville. The annual salary is $42,106.

Mike Hope
Age: 37
Residence: Lake Stevens
Occupation: Full-time legislator and Seattle police officer
Party: Republican
Website: www.electmikehope.com

Mary McNaughton
Age: 56
Residence: Everett
Occupation: Registered nurse at Swedish/Edmonds
Party: Democrat
Website: www.marymcnaughton.com
Story tags » ElectionsLegislature elections44th District

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