Caitlin Ross has more to offer than her ageLet's round up Ms. Ross's "qualifications" for public office, shall we?
As Chair of the Democrats of Whitman County I am proud to have Caitlan Ross as our candidate for State Representative of the 9th legislative district. My counterpart, the Chair of the Republicans of Whitman County had much to say about this candidacy in the Sept. 12 Daily Evergreen. Wes Taylor’s issue seems to be Miss Ross’s lack of experience. I need to point out that none of the candidates for this position have experience as legislators.
He says, “You can’t rely on youthfulness ...” Indeed, if that were all Caitlin had to offer she would not have garnered our support.
Besides her intelligence and sincere desire to serve, her youth brings to the table a fresh outlook, a thirst for finding new ways to solve old problems and competency in new technology.
Caitlin Ross will be a Representative who will search out ways to make every county in the 9th a vibrant place to live. If she is elected, she will be part of the majority in the statehouse, and thus be part of the team from Eastern Washington affecting changes which will bring about growth throughout the region.
chairwoman, Whitman County Democrats
Again, I applaud Ms. Ross's enthusiasm, misplaced though it may be. But it takes a certain amount of chutzpah for this Janey-Come-Lately and the local Democrats to think that she can represent the voters and interests of this district better than farmers, business people and educators who have lived here for decades, regardless of previous legislative experience. What understanding of the issues important to us could she possibly have? A "fresh outlook" and "thirst for finding new ways to solve old problems" are not enough.
And for that matter, what connections to this district does Ms. Ross have? Her candidacy is not about age, it's about carpetbagging. Does she even have a permanent home in the 9th District?
As I said before, the Democrats owe us a serious candidate to replace someone of Don Cox's stature, not someone pursuing a post-graduate politics project.