For a geographically and economically diverse region, Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, remains the best person to represent Washington’s 3rd Congressional District. The Columbian’s Editorial Board recommends that voters support Herrera Beutler in her contest against longtime state representative Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver.
As always, this is merely a recommendation. The Columbian trusts voters to examine the candidates and the issues before casting an informed ballot. In a high-profile race with two candidates who long have been in the public eye, there is no shortage of information through which to assess the contenders. In addition, Herrera Beutler and Moeller have agreed to a pair of debates — Oct. 10 and Oct. 25.
Herrera Beutler has steadily grown into the job during three terms of representing a district that extends from the Pacific Ocean across Southwest Washington to the eastern edge of Klickitat County. Judging by bills she has sponsored, her thoughtful and reasonable approach to addressing the concerns of constituents has focused primarily upon health care and the use of public lands and natural resources — items of vital importance to this region.