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Bonamici outshines competition in HD 34

It is rare that Washington County voters have such a solid choice for a legislative seat as Suzanne Bonamici, who outshines her competition.

Bonamici, the Democrat running in the three-way House District 34 race, is a candidate who would bring the right combination of experience, drive and community dedication to the Oregon Legislature.

We urge Beaverton and Aloha residents to support Bonamici in the Nov. 7 general election.

Bonamici, 50, is a consumer-advocacy lawyer, mother of two children in the Beaverton School District and an active member of the Beaverton Education Foundation. She has worked in the Reagan administration's Department of Justice and in the Lane County Legal Aid office while a student at the University of Oregon.

She hopes to succeed state Rep. Brad Avakian, a Democrat who has represented the district for two terms and is campaigning for an open Washington County Senate seat.

We think Bonamici would step into the position and represent Beaverton and Aloha voters very well. She has a wonkish grasp of issues facing cities, the county and our schools. She also has experience working in Washington, D.C., with people who think differently than her on political issues. That could go a long way to easing partisan sniping that hinders progress in Salem.

Bonamici's opponents, Republican Joan Draper and Libertarian Greg Rhode, are good people, but they don't have Bonamici's knowledge of the issues.

Draper, 69, a former Bank of America executive, said she would bring a 'business perspective' to the Legislature. Rhode, 49, a designer at Lattice, is a very green candidate who often fumbles with facts and issues.

Voters should send Suzanne Bonamici to the Legislature by supporting her House District 34 candidacy.