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Group accuses Lynda Wilson of ignoring voters and being rude

The Middlewilsonandstonier Class Alliance gave its stamp of approval to Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver. But that didn’t stop their editorial board from first making a few comments about her opponent, Republican Lynda Wilson.

The Middle Class Alliance, a relatively new group of about 300 people from both sides of the aisle, had an editorial panel of two Republicans and one Democrat endorse legislative candidates. The alliance was created by former Democratic lawmaker Tim Probst.

The panel endorsed people from both parties. In the 49th Legislative District, Position 1, the panel endorsed both Rep. Sharon Wylie, D-Vancouver and her opponent political newcomer Republican Anson Service.

But back to the 17th Legislative District, Position 1.

Here’s what they wrote about Wilson:

“Lynda Wilson is passionate about the conservative causes she champions, and we respect her passion. But in the closest race in Clark County, Lynda Wilson is avoiding questions from moderates, independents, and middle class voters. Members of the the Middle Class Alliance reached out to Lynda repeatedly: calling, emailing, and even stopping by personally to ask for her. Lynda did not reply, not even just a courteous, ‘I can’t meet with you right now.’ Standing up openly for what you believe in is one thing, but avoiding tough questions and ignoring the voters is just rude.”

Something about this sounds familiar.

Oh right, here’s an email I received from Bill Sterr of the Faith Action Network in early October. Sterr was trying to organize a candidate forum with legislative candidates.

“Well, after after 11 emails (the first on Aug 22nd), seven phone messages (I don’t have a date on those), a visit and written message left at the Republican headquarters, and a visit and verbal message left at her DeWils office on Fourth Plain, I finally got an answer this morning: her schedule is filled,” Sterr wrote.

The Middle Class Alliance issued a challenge to reporters to “get a straight answer from Lynda on what specific cuts she would make to shrink government or ‘fund education first,’ and whether her proposed cuts add up to match the McCleary requirements.”

I sent Wilson an email yesterday at 3:30 p.m. asking, “Do you know where you will be on election night?”

I have yet to hear back.

Lauren Dake

Lauren Dake

Lauren Dake covers politics for The Columbian. You can reach her at 360-735-4534 or lauren.dake@columbian.com. Follow her on Twitter .

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