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May 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

King County exec race

Consequences of top-two primary

It’s amusing to see The Seattle Times squirm at the consequences of the top-two primary and nonpartisan election of King County officials [“County exec primary deserves voter attention,” Opinion, editorial, May 3). “By some calculations,” we are advised, the one known Republican in the race “has sufficient name familiarity to survive the primary,” thanks to her former career as local TV news anchor. The foremost assumption of such calculations must be that no other Republicans will enter the race.

Under the old system, GOP voters would not have to rely on “calculations” to be able to have a standard-bearer in November, but the phony drive to have politics without parties means that now we get backroom deals to limit the field instead of an open nominating process.

For myself, I’m happy to have a range of experienced, talented Democrats to choose from to lead King County. But voters who think the main contest of ideas should be on the general election ballot should take note of what they have put at risk, and perhaps lost, at the behest of The Times.

— Tyler Page, Kent

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