The Olympian – October 23, 2018
BY THE OLYMPIAN EDITORIAL BOARD
… “Olympia has been crying out for more county leadership on a public health emergency that is more regional than local in nature. More importantly, Menser has been clearest — for longer — about that need. He may be better suited to build the regional approach to fighting homelessness than Blake.”
… “Menser also brings superior knowledge of — and concern for — environmental protection in a time of heavy population growth. He is badly needed on the commission to bring a counter-balance to the conservative- or right-leaning commission over the next four years that, like Blake, sees land-use deregulation as the main way to promote the local economy.
“Menser is also bright, articulate and transparent and served on a regional water advisory board that helped him grasp the complexities of that tricky environmental policy arena.”
…”But as we look ahead at a fast-growing county that borders Puget Sound, Menser is the one more likely to protect the environment as our county absorbs a predicted 100,000 new residents over the next few decades. We trust Menser to hold firm on urban growth boundaries that steer most growth into core areas rather than open up large pockets of land outside the county’s urban growth areas. If elected, Menser can serve as a better minority voice for moderation if the conservative commission majority goes too far in the direction of deregulation.”
“Menser also has experience in criminal defense, which is hugely valuable for a county whose general fund budget is given over heavily to the cost of jails, courts, and other criminal justice-related activities. Looking for ways to get justice while looking for efficiencies makes a lot of sense.”
“And Menser is proving to be more accurate — or less prone to offering rose-colored assessments — about the county’s budget deficits. Reserves are running well below the targets set by the county budget director, but they have gotten better this year due to a roaring economy and heavier than expected sales tax revenues.”