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Send a Letter!

Sorry, it’s been awhile.  I was down at the capitol for a week.  Will tell you about it later.

Right now, I encourage you to take a minute and write your legislators an encouraging note.  There’s only 3 weeks left for the session (ends April 19th), and things get hectic as the session gets closer to its end. 

“I urge then, first of all, that requests, prayers,  intercession,  and thanksgiving be made for everyone, for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good and pleases God our Savior…” (1 Timothy 2:1-3, NIV)

To get a ball park idea, here’s an example.  You can write to encourage, but also can inform them of an issue that you are concerned or feel strongly about.

The format is being really wacky when I paste stuff, so sorry, I’ll try and fix it, but for now, just focus on the letter and realize that you have you address, and then your legislators before your letter.

Betsy R.

12345 Dirt Road SW

Dead End, WA 98765

e-mail: betsydeadend@yahoo.com

The Honorable Tim Sheldon

Washington State Senate

412 Legislative Building

Olympia, WA

 Dear Senator Sheldon: 

      My paging experience two weeks ago at the capitol was phenomenal, and I am actually returning for a week long government class the week of April 16th called TeenPact, which is a Christian based course.  As an assignment, I’m writing to encourage you and share an issue with you that I feel strongly about. I know that the last week of session is very busy, trying to pass bills and going to a lot of meetings, so I would like to encourage you.  Being a Senator isn’t an easy job.  You have to represent thousands of people, listen to their opinions, and then do what you think is best.  That’s a nerve racking job!  So, please be encouraged and finish this session strong, remembering the opinion of the people you are representing, and doing what is best for them as your top priority.      

     One issue that has been on my mind is the requirements of a primary election.  I think they should change the rules of the primary election to make it so you don’t have to vote by party lines. That way, you can vote for whomever you want on either side.  Especially if you have an undesirable candidate running in your party, it would be nice to vote for the other party’s candidate.  Right now, if a voter did this, they wouldn’t be able to vote for the other candidates in their party because they had to cross party lines to vote for the more desirable candidate.  It is like your bill, SB 5994, changing the state primary system to nonpartisan, but I wouldn’t want it to be nonpartisan.  I would just make the primary not require voters to vote by a party line.  There would still be all the political parties and the top person in every party that received the most votes in the primary who go on to the general election.  Making it nonpartisan would be great if the majority of Washington citizens were involved in politics and would research all the candidates.  But, this is not the case.  Removing party lines would make it harder to vote, because they would have to research each candidate.  But most citizens won’t take the trouble.  It’s just enough to get them to vote, let alone having them research the candidates.  With no party lines, they won’t have a ball park for what the candidates’ views are.  By looking at past voting history, I think the number of voters will decrease, or some voters will just randomly guess. “His name sounds responsible” or “he looks like he’ll do a good job”.  I have unfortunately witnessed this.  But, maybe this action will revive Washington voters and cause them to research and become more involved so they vote in the right people that would represent their views.  I highly doubt this though.  From my view, the majority of Washington is asleep, and I don’t know what will wake them up to see the importance and how impacting the government is to their lives.   What are your thoughts on this?  Do you think this is a good/bad idea for the primary? If so, why?       If you’re interested, I run a political blog at www.rightorprivilege.wordpress.com.  Feel free to check it out and comment!  Thank you for your time.  Sincerely, Betsy R.Envelope:

Senator Tim Sheldon

412 Legislative Building

PO Box 40435
Olympia, WA 98504-0435

For a Representative it would be:

The Honorable William Eickmeyer
Washington House of Representatives

328 John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA 98504 

and Representatvie William Eickmeyer… for the envelope.

Have fun! 


April 8, 2007 - Posted by | Politics


  1. I’d like to see the response to that letter when you get it. 🙂

    Comment by Jahothanan | April 10, 2007 | Reply

  2. Will do mildew. What are you thoughts on it? Do you think it’s a good/bad idea and why?

    Comment by Betsy | April 11, 2007 | Reply

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