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A2 o:o The Arlington Times Wednesday, Continued from page A1 ther financed nor coordinated directly through either campaign, at least not legally. The two sides differed some- what on remedies. Larsen said the process -- and the large quantities of money that had to be raised -- confirmed his support for campaign finance reform. Larsen flew to Washington D.C. last week for a sort of fresh- man orientation. He said one of the first bills he would introduce or support would be campaign finance reform. Koster didn't quite agree. If any- thing, he felt that the individual limits should be adjusted up to match inflation, but he did sup- port full disclosure of donations. He preferred changing labor unions' status to hold them to the same restrictions that corpora- tions face. Koster's campaign manager said a more immediate preventive remedy could have been employed, but Larsen's campaign would not cooperate. "Early on, John Koster chal- lenged Rick Larsen to sign a cam- paign code of ethics, which Jack Metcalf and Grethe Cammermeyer did in '98," Richard said. The Republican, Metcalf, won that race, which Richard said was devoid of much of this year's ran- cor. "The only way to try to limit that [negativity] was to sign the pledge and tell outside groups to get out," Richard said. Lacking that, Richard said con- trolling outside interests becomes very difficult. With a positivity pledge, he said negative outside ads end up creating a backlash that reins in both parties more. "That's why the Metcalf and Cammermeyer code of conduct worked so well," Richard said. When Metcalf honored his com- mitment to term limits by giving up his seat this year, the advan- tages of incumbency were elimi- nated and the playing field was leveled. This drew the national (1~3-t3) 7:30 p.m. thru Nov. 24 thru 30 .2 p.m. Sat. & Suit. S2.SO "Men of Honor% "Rugrats in Paris"(°, Tues.: 2 for 1 ADM. to Capacity Larsen Koster spotlight, and with it, a lot of out- side money. "It didn't surprise me. It was a top targeted open seat," Larsen said. "There was a lot of emotion from both campaigns, but also from both of the [political] parties. Unfortunately, a lot of what has been said by both of the parties has been pretty negative." "I didn't want to believe that negative campaigning works," Koster said. "But if the voters will continue to elect people that cam- paign negatively, then candidates will continue to campaign nega- tively." When the mud started to fly, Koster said that Larsen's early fund-raising advantage was diffi- cult to overcome. Larsen's cam- paign had roughly $500,000 more to spend on advertising because it didn't have to deal with any seri- ous challenge during the primary, as Koster did. "We could have responded to those negative ads if we'd have had the money," Koster said. Both Larsen and Richard admit- ted that 2nd District voters had to sift through a lot of mail from both campaigns. Larsen said his campaign paid for 12 different mail ads, and another 20 supporting him were sent by outside interests. He added that his campaign had seen three or four mail ads from Koster's campaign, with another five or six done by outside groups. "That's a lot of mail in one cam- palgn," Larsen said. Larsen didn't apologize for some of the ads his campaign did pay for concerning Koster's stand against abortion.-Some of the marl ads played on the emotions of the issue, depicting a distraught cou- ple talking with their doctor. "Choice is an emotional issue for families and especially for women who might have to make that choice," Larsen said. "It's not pretty good about that." Koster took issue with the tone of+ some of the abortion ads, call- ing the assertion that he would change the U.S. Constitution "absurd." At least one ad claimed Koster encouraged a "crusade" that included his supposed oppo- sition to birth control, a claim he said is false. "I don't recollect whether that one came from Rick's campaign, but that is more than just stretch- ing the truth," Koster said. He added that he was "a little surprised" that Larsen's campaign highlighted abortion, especially because Congress might not have much say on the issue. "They continued to pound that issue, when there were many other issues that should have had a higher profile and a higher dia- logue on," Koster said. On the flip side, Larsen said he was also caught off-guard. "I was surprised at the tone of some of the ads run against me," Larsen said. Larsen admitted that the "pick- pocket" ad was "very frustrating." He said the TV station's adwatch program pointed out that the tax increases the ad mentioned were voted in by the County Council previous to his term. "We got a lot of feedback from people who were offended, because [pickpocketl is a term used for criminals," Larsen said. "1 think that really backfired." Koster said he supported one potential solution that was raised in the state Legislature with a bill that would have made lying in political ads illegal. But that bill was shot down because of First Amendment free speech consider- ations. "Unfortunately, it is legal to lie in campaigns," Koster said. One thing they both agreed on is that, ultimately, substantive issues still decide elections. "It still boils down to people getting involved in the political" process, finding out what those candidates stand for," Koster said. "If you can't speak to the voters about the issues that matter to them, the voters will recognize that," Larsen agreed. "That hasn't changed whether you're running for sewer district commissioner or Congress." And those voters who made the a decision for'government." time to attend the candidates' ~ : : °" He :aT~~i~d his a~fi~ ~tl~lS~at~: l~'’htii~d ~added, wer'e issue ads as factual. "We did a commercial on the issue of choice and KING 5 Adwatch looked at the claims made in the ad and concluded it was all true," Larsen said. "We felt treated to that kind of higher dia- logue. I thought the debates between John and Rick were quite good," Richard said. "They both tried to address the issues." THE ARLINGTON TIMES brings you local news coverage of the Stillaguamish Valley Phone 3(R),435.5757 W_ aj _ oks The Arlington "limes Curves vie EVERETT -- The general election might be over, but political wrangling within the $nohomish Coun- ty Democratic Party is just heating up. As of Monday afternoon, six candidates expressed interest in filling the Snohomish County Council seat being vacated by Rick Larsen as he prepares to leave for the other Washington to take his place in Congress, according to Kent Hanson, chair of the Snohomish County Democratic party. Hanson said that Fredda Smith of Lakewood, Jill McKinney of Arlington, Lefla Demspey of Darr'mg- "People come and ask to said. "They've all talked to me process will begin soon." According to Hanson, since rat, that party will supply the names to be considered as his replacement. "Now that we know Larsen is tion, the committee will set the position," Hanson said. "They'll figure out when they are going to tion at a meeting that will be Hanson said that after the process of campaigning for votes and reviewing candidate's ton, Mike Ashley of Silvana, Esther McDonald of begin. Arlington and Kevin Quigley of Lake Stevens have "We will look at their ability in all said they would like to represent north Sno- homish County constituents. Larsen currently rep- resents north Snohomish County on the council. Smith is a Lakewood School boardmember. She recently ran against Vat Stevens for the 39th Dis- trier Senate seat. McKinney is working as U.S.'--Senator Patty Mur- ray's regional representative and held a similar job for former U.S. Rep. A1 Swift. Dempsey is Darrington's mayor. Ashley, a Silvana dairy farmer is a member of the Snohomish County Agriculture Advisory Board. McDonald was a candidate for the County Coun- cil seat Larsen won in 1997. Arlington • The Arlington School Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27 in Pres- idents Elementary School's Roo- sevelt Building, 315 N. French Ave, Arlington. For agenda information call 360.435.2156. • The Arlington City Council meets at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Arlington School District's board room, in the Roosevelt Building at Presidents Elementary School, 315 N. French Ave. The agenda includes a public hearing on the 2001 budget. Copies of the budget can be picked up in the Clerk's Office at City Hall on Nov. 22. For information call 360.435.5785. • The Friends of the Arlington Library meets at 4 p.m. Dec. 13 at the iibrary, 135 N. Washington Ave. For information call 360.435.3033. • The Arlington Downtown Merchants' meet at ~ a.m: Wednes- days at the Arlington Chamber of Commerce office On N. Olympic Avenue. • The Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce meets at noon Dec. 13 at Oberg's Restaurant in the Hawthorn Inn and Suites, 16710 Smokey Point Boulevard. For infor- mation call 360.659.5453. Lunch costs $12. • Members of the Boyer Daniel Post #1561 Veterans of Foreign Wars and Auxiliary meet at 7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the VFW Hall on Third women "30 minute fitness & weight loss centers" Weight Loss Program Our Exclusive is tbe first wa#t " , Quickfit Circuit... loss program designed • .~. V" takes only 30 minutes around exercise. By." ~ ". V" burns body fat, not lean muscle protecting lean muscles " . el strengthens muscles and O~)elXs ~9, ~-a f coil Ted360.4 you lose body fat while " ~ ~'~:. cardiovascular system j~(~'X~gtOiX " 35.3794 =t in ng v" 326 N. Olympic Ave. P,,,=mt : ,/ desig, d fo, Arlington results, wltl~t " ~,~ 0~i " ~'1 Membership is honored at over ~ne~t dletin&. .aver based on first ~sit ~mro, ment& rein. 12 me. c.d. prt~ram 1000 Curves locations in 49 states & Canada! they have done previously and expressed support in the tic Party of Snohomish C "Those two things are the The fist, which now and Dec. 7, will be reduced to ! "The party will send the didates who receive the most party," Hanson said. "Whoever will move forward to the Those three candidate's given to the Snohomish County choose Larsen's replacement. expects that decision to be made in Street in Arlington. For informa- The council meets tion call Commander Larry Wednesday of Pumphrey at 360.435.2700. • The • The Arllngton Lions Club has rescheduled meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and ing to Nov. 29. third Mondays at the Steak House Restaurant in Arlington. For infer- Lakewood marion call Doug Merz at • The Lakewood 360.435.5424 or Randy Tendering at 360.435.3094. • The Arlington Kiwanis meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month in the community room of the Arlington Boys and Girls Club. This is a new time and new place. • Freedom County supporters meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Tim- berline Cafe in Granite Falls for a no-host dinner. Darrington • The Darrington Town Council meets at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at City Hall, 1005 Cascade St., Darrington: For information call 3602436.~1131,: meets at 7 p.m. Dec wood High SchOt information Snohomish • The Gay meets at 6 p.m. homish er Avenue Suite information call check out the web ties.corn • The Sno-Isle Board the fourth Monday ’ at the Sno-lsle Marysville. For 360.659.8447. ~,i Santa, firefJghter mixup ARLINGTON -- The Arlington firefighters are kicking off the holi- day season on Dec. 2 by escorting Santa to neighborhoods through- out the city, a project that is expected to take at least 12 evenings. Santa will hand out candy canes and the firefighters will accept canned food donations for the Arlington Community Food Bank. The Getchell firefighters of Sno- homish County Fire trict #22 are house at 6:30 p.m. at their station 99th Ave. NE. appearance and will be open for An article in this week's The incorrectly events. 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