RENTON REPORTER EDITORIAL: Make your voice heard on ballot, send letter to editor

You no doubt have received your primary election ballot in the mail by now. If not, contact the elections office. Every election is an important one.

There’s been a spirited debate on rentonreporter.com about the candidates running in a Renton City Council primary and in a Public Hospital District Commission primary. And, as you can see, we’re running a boatload of letters today, too. We’ll run letters next Friday, but only if they don’t make a strong charge against a candidate that would require a rebuttal. The deadline to submit letters for the Aug. 12 print edition is Monday, Aug. 8.

Just a little fact-checking from those conversations.

• Mary Alice Heuschel isn’t giving up her job as Renton schools superintendent to run for the hospital district commission.

• Lakeridge Elementary School hasn’t been taken over by the federal government because of low test scores. In fact, the school district is working with the state to improve scores in math and reading at an accelerated pace.

Unfortunately, we had an error in our editorial on the hospital district commission race last Friday, despite our efforts to get the information correct, including an e-mail to the elections office. Everyone in the hospital district gets to vote in the primary election, and, of course, in the general election. We had indicated that only those residents in this commission subdistrict, centered around Renton, could vote in the primary.


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