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Everett Herald endorses Koster for Congress | U.S. House of Representatives, District 2

The Everett Herald has endorsed Snohomish County Councilman John Koster for U.S. House of Representatives, District 2.

The district includes the San Juan Islands. Koster, a Republican, is running against Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett.

The Herald made the endorsement in its Sept. 12 edition:

"In a decade as the 2nd District's congressional representative, Rick Larsen has kept a relatively low profile. The cerebral Democrat has focused appropriately on key local issues, including anything involving the Navy or Boeing, and helping to connect small exporters with potential customers," The Herald editorialized.

"His position on the Armed Services Committee has been helpful to Snohomish and Island counties, and he scored a victory, along with Sen. Patty Murray, with the designation of the Wild Sky Wilderness.

"Still, after five terms in the House, Larsen lacks the get-it-done reputation of other members who have assumed greater leadership roles, or who have had a major impact on the nation's legislative agenda. We're left thinking that the 2nd Congressional District can do better.

"This year, Republican John Koster represents a highly capable alternative. He has earned our endorsement for his varied experience, in business and government, and a get-it-done attitude that seems well suited to the economic challenges the nation faces."

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