October 15th – The Mirror recommends re-electing Adam Smith to the U.S. House of Representatives. Smith, a moderate Democrat, faces a formidable challenger in Dick Muri, a Republican currently serving on the Pierce County Council. The term “earmarks” is often used as a pejorative, when in fact they are essential to delivering federal money to local constituents. Muri vows to stop all earmarks, but as good as that sounds, it can be interpreted as a vow to not score money for District 9. Smith has had direct involvement with local issues such as the I-5 Triangle Project and potential flooding of the Howard Hanson Dam. Smith’s position on the House Armed Services Committee and his influence on national security are assets for District 9. The district includes a large retired military population, as well as U.S. Army and Air Force bases in Pierce County. Despite today’s anti-incumbent sentiment, Smith has earned another term for his contributions specific to the Federal Way area, as well as for holding a more realistic view of what the job entails.