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Candidates differences on display at forum

first_imgLegislative candidates faced off Thursday evening at the Vancouver Community Library at a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters, touching on a wide range of topics from how to fund the state’s public schools to the future of medical marijuana. The two contenders for one of the more competitive races, Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, and challenger Lynda Wilson, vying for the 17th Legislative District, Position 1, fielded questions from the moderator first. Wilson, a Republican and co-owner of DeWils Industries, said she’s “genuinely concerned with the direction of our state.” Wilson promised that, if elected, she would work to create a business-friendly climate in the state.She blasted her opponent for not supporting the charter school initiative, which was on the ballot in 2012, and for voting against a measure that would have required a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to raise taxes. “There are places where (Stonier) would be a better fit,” Wilson said. “Like maybe Seattle.” Stonier, an educator who was vice-chair of the Education Committee during the 2013-14 Legislative session, said her background will be crucial in the upcoming session as lawmakers tackle how to fund the state’s public schools. Stonier also touted her background in being “willing to work across the aisle.” When it comes to the challenge of funding schools, it’s an issues she’s intimately involved with, Stonier said, adding “I live it every day.”last_img read more