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November 8, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Anti-liquor initiative leader: Costco has a decent reputation

Over chicken skewers, mushroom tarts and a glass of white wine, Alice Woldt, longtime Democratic activist and current co-leader of an association of Washington churches, tried to temper her dismay at the way the No on 1183 campaign was outspent this year.

“Obviously, for churches, it’s a moral issue,” said Woldt, co-director of Faith Action Network.

She fears the effort to privatize the state’s liquor business will make it easier for young people and others to get access to booze, and she also fears the loss of good state jobs. But she also feels spending on initiative campaigns is out of control, and she sees the yes campaign as the prime example.

But she also was quick to acknowledge that her opponents have a decent reputation.

“Costco has been a fairly good employer,” she said between bites. “But I wonder how long it will be (if the measure passes) before they’re down at the Legislature saying ‘All these liquor taxes are just too high.'”

Then, at 7:59 p.m. – seconds before polls closed, Woldt pushed out her chair to leave.

She’s also been a big supporter of some challengers in the school board races. She had another gathering to attend.

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