The News Tribune
We endorse: Jones for K-12 schools chief, Franz for public lands and Kreidler for insurance

Washington schools get critical funding from state trust lands, which is why public lands commissioner might be the most undervalued position on the ballot.

The next commissioner, who will replace incumbent Peter Goldmark, must fight to preserve Washington’s natural resources while maximizing public revenue from millions of acres of state-owned forests, shorelines, farmlands and commercial properties.

Both candidates, Democrat Hilary Franz of Bainbridge and Republican Steve McLaughlin of Seabeck, display an even temperament, lifelong commitment to resource preservation and knowledge of the office’s demands, including the danger of wildfires.

But Franz’s political skills and holistic viewpoint, which goes beyond forests to include shorelines and salmon recovery, make her the right choice.

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