#4ThePeople: Here are your candidates for WA’s 7th District Position 1 Representative

INLAND NORTHWEST — Washington’s 7th District covers Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan, Douglas and Pend Oreille Counties.

Running for re-election is Washington State House of Republican Floor Leader Jacqueline Maycumber. She is facing off against Lonny Ray Williams.

Maycumber has been in office since 2018. She helped pass a bill to cap the price of insulin in Washington and another bill to get more services to veterans. She says she now wants to tackle public safety and economic development in the next session.

“We need to make sure that we, number one, increase the amount of law enforcement officers in Washington state and in our community so they don’t go to call, but they’re able to do more community policing,” Maycumber said.

Williams hasn’t held public office yet, but says his main focus is to build a sense of community in his district to tackle issues.

“Because communities care best for their neighbors, and when we just say ‘I’m gonna hand government money and let them take care of it,’ the government is terribly inefficient, and really, we could do much better at solving the problems at a community level,” Williams said.

Williams is running because he wants a representative to be available to people in his district. He is proposing to host seven public meetings a month if elected.

“I am going to be available and have a town hall in every single one of those seven counties every month,” Williams said. “Now that commits me to seven public meetings. Everybody can tell me how they want to vote.”

When it comes to crime, Williams says communication with neighbors and a sense of community can solve a lot of problems.

“Because communities care best for their neighbors…we could do much better at solving the problems at a community level,” Williams said.

Maycumber says bringing down costs is a big issue she’d want to work on in the next session.

“It’s a struggle to buy bread and soccer shoes,” Maycumber said. “We forget about the $5, $10 dollars that add up for our families because that is the struggle right now —  making sure that we are not putting an extra burden on them.”

Maycumber also wants to tackle homelessness and says that’s part of working to bring down crime.

“Looking at the homelessness and mental health crisis, I mean we have people that are suffering and we’re saying ‘it’s ok don’t intervene’, absolutely intervene because they are suffering, they are in pain,” Maycumber said.

Williams says he doesn’t believe there is one set way to tackle crime.

“Crime is multi-faceted, it’s not as simple as someone makes a descision to do something,” he said.

Both candidates have it as items on the top of their list to work on.

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