In an area where many of the voters are either military or retired military, the two legislative candidates in District 3 looking to represent them are both retired from the Air Force. So what are the differences in this race representing a good chunk of Bellevue?
Scott Price is the incumbent state senator and wants four more years. “You have to learn a lot about different capabilities, particularly if you're going to be an NCO or a leader in the military. You learn budgeting and management, but more important you learn to work with people."
Suzanne McNamara is his challenger. She became an attorney after the military and is now getting into politics. "It was a novel new thing for me because I got the chance to put factual scenarios, such as the history of an airman, when it comes to behavior into an argument for the commander."
What's interesting about this race is the issue that got McNamara in is also one in which Price does much of his hand-wringing. What to do about truancy?
"They took a decision away from the schools that the schools should have been able to make whether to call the county attorney on absences and things like that,” says McNamara.
“I like what we did in the end when we amended it and that is what happens with bills, sometimes you put it out there and you support it and then you find out where the holes are,” says Price. “It's not a one and done."
In retirement, both are proud of the work they've been able to provide for veterans. Their backgrounds have helped get through the red tape easier. “I am more than willing to make sure the government is there when they need it,” says McNamara.
“The ability to get into the veterans homes was a little bit complicated and we eased that process so that a veteran and their family can access those services a lot easier now,” says Price.
One of them will be representing District 3 in the Unicameral.