November 6, 2017
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Time to vote: ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday

Perhaps the most closely watched race on Tuesday's ballot is the 45th District Senate race. The special election to fill the seat of the late Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond, will determine control of the state Senate, which is currently run by the Republican-led bipartisan Majority Coalition Caucus with just a one-vote majority.

Republican Jinyoung Lee Englund and Democrat Manka Dhingra are competing for that seat. AWB has endorsed Englund, and The Seattle Times has endorsed Englund as well. A victory by Englund would keep split control of the Legislature. A win by Dhingra would give Democrats control of both sides of the Legislature as well as the governor's office.

Other races are on the ballot, including the Seattle mayoral contest. The Seattle Times has a rundown on other races in their area, and the Secretary of State's Office has a full list of elections on the ballot.

Ballots must be turned in Tuesday at a voting site, in a drop box, or have a Tuesday postmark to be counted in the election.

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Manufacturing Week Tour

Manufacturing is huge in Washington. Let's celebrate -- and invest in it

By Kate Lampson and Kris Johnson

Manufacturing has a long history in Washington and it has a great story to tell: In Benton County, careers in manufacturing pay an average annual wage of $55,701, $50,575 in Walla Walla County and almost $41,000 in Franklin County. Not bad for jobs that often require no more than a trade certificate or a two-year degree. It also has a multiplier of three -- for every one job created in manufacturing, another three jobs are created elsewhere.

That's a good return on investment, but the sector faces some headwinds.

As manufacturing comes on a national resurgence, Washington's sector has lost about 48,000 jobs since 2000 -- the vast majority of which are non-aerospace jobs.

Clearly, more can be done to support good-paying manufacturing jobs here and across the state.

Read the full column in The Tri-City Herald
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