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Page 12 Free Press Thursday, October 22, 2009 continued from page 1 Regarding education, Fagan would like to see more empha- sis placed on the role commu- nity colleges can play in higher education, especially for stu- dents from rural communities, while Hailey has talked about improving training programs and vocational education as well. Both firmly believe levy equalization is vital to district schools. "We're very rural," Fagan Said. "We're dependent on levy equalization and it's important us to protect it." With both agreeing on many issues, it may be difficult for vot- ers to make a selection come Nov. 3. What may separate the candi- dates, both Republicans, may lie in the background details. Fagan is the former Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories direc- tor of public affairs. She resigned af- ter 10 years to focus on her cam- paign, and has 15 years of experience Susan Fagan working for former Idaho U.S. Senators Steve Symms and Jim McClure, and current senator Larry Craig. Fagan has experience in natu- ral resources through production agriculture and managing fam- ily-owned timberlands. She has served on numerous chambers of commerce and other organiza- tions, including her current posi- tion as chair of the Association of Washington Businesses Health- care Committee. Hailey is.owner of Hailey Company, the fourth-generation family farm/ranch near Mesa. She has served on the Franklin County School Board since elec- tion in 2005 as well as a past PTA presi- dent and sat on numerous boards and associations, including current posi- Pat Hailey tions with the Washington Cattleman's Asso- ciation and the Washington State Farm Bureau. Her late husband, Steve Hailey, previously held the position she is campaigning for. According to the state's Public Disclosure Commission, when it comes to campaign financ- ing, Fagan has raised the most, $98,014. Of that, $24,650 has come from businesses or organizations, including Avista, Premera, Wal- Mart and Idaho Beverage, Inc. She has received endorsements from Attorney General Rob McKenna, former gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi, as well as organizations such as the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs. Hailey has raised $65,224 in campaign contributions, $4,900 of which has come from some busi- nesses but mainly organizations such as Public School Employees of Washington, the Washington Cattle Feeders Association and the Washington Education As- sociation. She is endorsed by former 9th District candidate Art Swannack, 13 District Rep. Judy Warnick (Moses Lake), and the WEA, something that surprises Hailey since she is a Republican and the state teacher's organiza- tion typically leans Democrat. "There's areas we're going to disagree on and they know that, Servino M Wesl Plains Locally owned & operated Tank pumping & maintenance Baffle inspection System inspection for home sale License#602872994 cheneyseptic@gmail.c0m www.cheneyseptic.com but they feel I'm a stronger edu- cation candidate," she said. Hailey points to her focus on individual campaign funding as something that separates her from Fagan. Fagan defends her funding, noting that many organi- zations, like the Northwest Food Processors, represent people in the district and their concerns. "Those are people who pro- cess food grown in Washington," she said. Another area where there may be some separation is the issue of Initiative 1033. The initiative would limit growth of certain state, county and city revenues to annual inflation and population growth, and require excess revenue be repaid through lower property taxes. Hailey opposes the initia- tive, saying it cuts too deeply into local areas and smaller taxing districts, and could hurt public safety. But, it's the state government's fault it's on the ballot, she said, noting Washing- ton had a $1.6 billion surplus in 2007 - now all gone. "We know if the legislature had behaved itself,' not gone on a spending spree, roller coaster ride, we wouldn't have this ini- tiative process," she said. "Quite frankly, they blew it. For way too many years." Fagan agrees, but said she is struggling with her decision on 1033. On one hand there's the op- portunity to reduce property taxes, while on the other its passage will hurt small towns and taxing dis- cord," Fagan said. "They should tricts, and likely result in a loss of feel confident that I will work services people depend on. hard on their behalf. I'm confi- "It's unfortunate that this de- dent in my skills and the ability cision gets thrown to the people," to hit the ground running." she said. 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