Bentley is much more informed than Corry Rick George, White Salmon Oct 23, 2018 To the editor —I’ve interacted with both Sasha Bentley and Chris Corry, the two candidates for Position One in the Washington State 14th Legislative District, and they both seem like nice people. But one candidate, Sasha Bentley, is more informed about the issues that affect us locally. For two years, she’s been out knocking on doors and showing up at local events. She’s listened to a lot of people. She knows the state legislature needs to fix an unfair funding formula it imposed on our schools. She understands skyrocketing housing costs are making it almost impossible for hard-working individuals to afford to rent or buy a home, a situation that makes it difficult for businesses and schools to recruit employees. She realizes that tariffs are creating difficulties for our farmers. Bentley is determined to tackle these problems. On the other hand, Chris Corry doesn’t even list these issues on his website. He doesn’t suggest a single solution. Instead, he’s written a bunch of slogans. He might be well-meaning, but slogans aren’t going to get the job done. Let’s vote for a candidate who goes out and listens to folks and who understands our challenges. Let’s vote for Sasha Bentley.
Bentley is the trustworthy choice Maia Middlestaedt, Selah Oct 24, 2018 To the editor — Sasha Bentley is not a tax-and-spend liberal. She is fiscally responsible and understands what government is and what it’s meant to do. She wants government to work for us. If Sasha is elected, I expect I won’t always agree with her decisions, but I will respect them because I know she will work with others to come to the best outcome. I trust Sasha Bentley.
Bentley offers a fresh approach in the 14th District Helen Hinman, Yakima Oct 16, 2018 Facebook Twitter Email Facebook Twitter Email Print Save To the editor — Just because a candidate believes people should be engaged and heard, does not make the candidate a westside liberal, an elitist or want to raise taxes. Believing people should be engaged and heard is the best way to make sure Central Washington values are heard in Olympia. Sasha Bentley actually wants to lower property taxes, champion state and private investments making sure our legislative district has “the resources it needs to thrive.” Sasha’s business experience is about problem solving and being an entrepreneur, not a life working only as an employee of large corporations. I’m voting for Sasha as state representative. We need a fresh approach, not someone’s stale slogans and worn-out chants.
Bentley is open to all ideas Roger Carlstrom, Yakima Oct 11, 2018 To the editor — I concur with letter writer Joel Heinzen’s suggestion that “all voters, particularly centrist Republicans and independents ... look closely at the two candidates” running for state representative District 14, Position 1. The Republican candidate appears to be relying only on “slogans” and an absence of policy proposals. Mr. Heinzen correctly observes that Sasha Bentley, on the other hand, “explains her positions on a variety of issues including health-care, education, immigration, employment and economic development.” Like him, I have found that she is “not ideologically driven,” that she “is open to the consideration of competing ideas,” and that “she will be able to work with others in Olympia to the benefit of Central Washington.” I’m prepared to vote for her, and I urge other voters in the 14th District to do the same.
Where does Corry stand on the issues? To the editor — Anyone worth their salt knows that planning is vital to success. Benjamin Franklin is attributed the quote, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Confucius said, “A man who does not think and plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door.” Then there is Yogi Berra, “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” So, would you vote for someone who has not articulated any type of plan for those he would represent, someone who does not seem to know where he is going? Chris Corry is hoping you will. I have scoured the web looking for anything of substance from this man regarding how or even what he intends to address in Legislative District 14. Nada. Nothing. Zip. However, head over to Sasha Bentley’s website (sashaforstate.com) and you will find well-researched, well-articulated solutions to a myriad of current concerns and ideas for expanding good work. Chris Corry: Trite, canned, ambiguous politics as usual or Sasha Bentley: Organized, strategic, problem-solver. Choose wisely; you don’t want to end up someplace else. Vote for Sasha Bentley, LD 14 Representative, Position 1. ANGIE GIRARD Yakima
Bentley is more open about her positions To the editor — The primary election for Washington State Representative District 14 Position 1 saw the defeat of a well-known and respected Republican candidate. I have visited the remaining Republican candidate’s website and as of Oct. 1 find only slogans, no policies or proposals, and no blog entries since May 18. In contrast, Sasha Bentley’s website (sashaforstate.com) explains her positions on a variety of issues including healthcare, education, immigration, employment, and economic development. She is not ideologically driven, is open to the consideration of competing ideas, and will be able to work with others in Olympia to the benefit of Central Washington. I urge all voters, particularly centrist Republicans and independents, to look closely at the two candidates. Elections are about ideas and a candidate cannot fairly ask for your vote if unwilling or unable to express his positions in writing or engage in open debate. JOEL HEINZEN Yakima
Break the mold and vote for Bentley To the editor — Too often we have legislative candidates who talk about same old tired issues with the same old tired rhetoric, while they sound conservative it’s really about protecting interests of large corporations. Over time nothing really changes we have same old frustrations election after election. The 14th has a long history of supplying representatives in the minority party and have no real voice representing Yakima in the majority party. This year we have a breath of fresh air. Someone who actually has lived in Eastern Washington for a long time and has been engaged in community issues. She believes in strong schools, including trade schools and apprenticeships. Advocates strengthening our local economy making investments in internet access, supporting agriculture and increasing incentives for small business. Wants “a review how we can ensure every Washingtonian has life-long healthcare coverage from prenatal care to a dignified retirement.” Let’s break the mold and vote for Sasha Bentley to represent us in the 14th District. More importantly the two counties who know her best gave her the majority votes in the primary. She really believes in and lives the promise, “Democracy only works if the people are engaged and heard…” DON HINMAN Yakima
Sasha Bentley is the right choice for District 14 - To the editor — My choice to fill the seat of Norm Johnson in the state legislature is a young, well-trained and focused young woman who has chosen a life of community service through politics. Sasha Bentley was not sought out, recruited and vetted to run in the 14th LD. She chose her education in Political Science. She is educated in the issues which are in front of us in Eastern Washington. Just ask her. She has prepared herself for political office. Ask her to come and speak to your community organization. Look at her website for her positions on issues. We have a real chance to be heard in Olympia if this articulate, committed young woman represents us there. My choice is for the 14th Legislative District Representative, Position 1, is Sasha Bentley. ELAINE SMITH, Yakima.
Bentley takes stands on the issues To the editor — I am writing in support of Democrat Sasha Bentley for the Washington State House of Representatives. Really, this is a simple decision. The GOP candidate in this race offers very little information on his website. He quotes Ronald Reagan. He says he believes in conservative principles, like upholding the Constitution, and lower taxes. He says his priorities are families, businesses and Central Washington. He has no discussion of specific issues or policies and no actual suggestions of solutions. His website is all slogans, no substance. Sasha’s website, by contrast, is thought-provoking. On the page titled “Solutions,” she offers up specific actions to address wide-ranging issues that affect us in the 14th district, including reform of the Washington State tax system to lower the burden on wage-earners. We need civic engagement and collaboration, also among Sasha’s priorities. We need a thoughtful representative who looks for solutions, not slogans. As voters, it is our pleasure to be well-informed and cast our votes based on reason and information. I urge you to look at both candidates’ websites. Your choice will be clear. Sasha is the thoughtful, effective, collaborative person who will best represent all of us in Olympia. PATRICIA ARNOLD Trout Lake, Wash.
Bentley offers solutions Janet Holen, White Salmon Oct 4, 2018 To the editor — I am voting for Sasha Bentley to be our representative to Olympia. She listens to the people in Legislative District 14, identifies problems, is calm, well-organized and offers solutions, which can be found on her website: sashaforstate.com. Check it out, then vote for Sasha.
Bentley will provide solutions To the editor — As an independent voter, I choose to ignore party rhetoric, ads and slogans and instead learn as much as I can about the candidates, what they believe in, what they have identified as important issues and their ideas about potential solutions. I want to know that they know who their constituents are and what we are thinking. I also look for evidence of hard work, dedication and integrity. After looking at Chris Corry’s website, I have to wonder why he even bothered? Where are the solutions, the ideas, the details? What is his understanding of problems that all residents face in our mostly rural district? What is Chris Corry’s plan? His website doesn’t even have a schedule of his candidate events, no endorsements and his last blog post was May 18. His opponent, Sasha Bentley, has done her homework! She has identified specifically many of the issues of concern to both our district and our state. She provides a long list of solutions and values about economic growth, education, healthcare, homelessness and housing, small business, farmers and ranchers, civic engagement, immigration, criminal justice and public safety, environment and agriculture, open and efficient government and the Yakama Nation. Vote for solutions! SUE KUSCH White Salmon
Bentley is right choice to replace Johnson. To the editor — Thanks to Norm Johnson for his service as House Representative for District 14. He took the job of representing his constituents seriously, responding promptly and personally when I contacted him. Soon we’ll choose Norm’s replacement, Chris Corry or Sasha Bentley. Chris seems to have fallen asleep since the primary. What are his positions? When will he be in my area? He gives no hint on his amazingly-vague website. Chris thinks taxes are fine the way they are, per his interview with the Yakima Herald. Or maybe he wants them lower, per his website. His most recent (May 2018) blog post worries about Seattle’s dead-on-arrival head tax that was proposed for companies with more than $20 million in gross revenues, like Amazon. Amazon paid zero federal tax in 2017 and is expected to claim a $790 million windfall from the recent federal tax cut. That’s who Chris Corry worries about. Washington’s tax revenue is low compared to other states, making it hard to pay for things like after-school programs and vocational training, and it’s coming from those who can least afford it. Sales taxes hit lower income households the hardest, with the poorest 20 percent of the population having 16.8 percent of their income sucked out by state and local taxes, versus the top 1 percent paying a mere 2 percent. Wealthy investors pay no state taxes on investment income. The B&O gross receipts tax hits start-ups and struggling companies even when they’re losing money, but is lower for industries like aerospace that have well-funded lobbyists. On Sasha Bentley’s website I can see her policies to reduce taxes for workers and retirees, specific changes to shift the burden of B&O taxes away from start-ups and small mom-and-pop businesses, to make the real estate excise tax progressive, easing the burden on seniors selling a long-time personal home. There’s the difference. Sasha is already thinking about her constituents, all of them, and is out there listening to them and thinking through policy issues. Where is Chris? “Vote Chris Corry does not have any upcoming events,” says his Facebook page. Sasha’s shows she will be in Wapato, Selah, and Bingen, and spent much of last week in Yakima. If like me you’re sick of party politics and want solutions and real representation, check out Sasha Bentley. BARBARA BAILEY, White Salmon
Bentley for State Representative: Pat Arnold, Trout Lake. Published 8/2/18 To the editor — I am writing to express my wholehearted support for Sasha Bentley in the race for Washington State Representative in our district (Legislative District 14, Position 1). Her slogan, “engaged and energetic leadership,” describes her well. Sasha is deeply and sincerely engaged in the democratic process. As our representative in Olympia she will seek to serve all her constituents, working for the common good, not for the good of one set of interests. Sasha will bring her enormous energy and intelligence to the task of serving our district and all of us. Sasha cares, not about abstractions, but about the well-being of the people she will represent. A vote for Sasha is a vote for the best legislator we could hope for. Please join me in voting for Sasha Bentley.
Bentley for Representative: Barbara Bailey, White Salmon. Published 8/3/18 To the editor — In a time where strong opinions are dividing us within our communities, and even within families, my vote goes beyond issues and political parties. We all need our voices heard, our needs understood, our values respected. I don’t expect to agree with my representatives on every issue and will not vote for a politician strictly adhering to a party line. I vote for those who will represent the needs and values that we share, despite our differences. When segments of our community feel disregarded, the resulting hurt and hostility make it impossible to pull together for our mutual benefit. Two candidates who stand out as reaching across party lines are Sasha Bentley, candidate for the 14th District, and Carolyn Long, candidate for Congress. They have been traveling throughout their districts, listening, not just where the most or likeliest voters are found, but to the far and sparsely-populated corners. Sasha and Carolyn understand what representation means in districts where widely divergent views are held. They are looking to focus on the values and needs we do share. Give them a close look. I hope you will vote for them, but more than that, I hope you will vote!
In praise of Bentley: Jessica Hernandez, Yakima. Published 8/03/18 To the editor — I would like to take this time to show my support for Sasha Bentley who is running to be the representative for the 14th legislative district. She is a strong candidate that works with her community hand-in-hand. She has shown up to support local actions organized by community members and local organizations. I know that if she is elected, she will represent Eastern Washington very well! She understands that we need to improve our education. She knows that the constituents of our district care about safety in our communities. Most importantly she knows that in order to have an effective government, we must have a transparent one. She will work all year, not just the few months that the legislature is in session, to ensure that we are represented.
Bentley will find common ground: Candi Didier, Bingen, Wash. Published 08/02/18 To the editor — I am writing to encourage you to join me in voting for Sasha Bentley to represent us in the 14th legislative district. I have known Sasha since early 2017 when she became chair of the Klickitat County Democratic Party. That was a challenging time for Democrats with many voices to be heard and challenges coming together following the loss of the election. I have found Sasha uniquely qualified to serve our party and she demonstrates traits and skills that qualify her to represent us in Olympia. Sasha listens to people and hears what their concerns are. She is consistently respectful and takes the time to understand. She has quietly led our county party to come together and find common ground and I am confident she can do that in Olympia. I find she is dedicated to the values of caring for those vulnerable to lose healthcare, those concerned for personal safety and those with housing and economic challenges which are consistent with my own Christian values. Please join me in supporting Sasha Bentley who is committed to listen, care for all of the people she serves and to work hard to improve our communities.
Bentley a breath of fresh air: Susan Walsh-Enloe, Washougal, Wash. Published 8/2/18 To the editor — I encourage all to support Sasha Bentley to be our Representative of District 14. Sasha is a breath of fresh air focused on improving economy and living conditions for all throughout our diverse district. She has a track record of listening to ideas, respecting the needs of all, and working together to solve problems. Leveraging these skills will provide a new tone of collaboration in Olympia to drive prosperity and benefit our district as well as our state. I can’t imagine a better candidate to represent us. Please vote for Sasha Bentley, Representative District 14.
McLeary Funds Need Fixing: Alan Reitz, White Salmon. Published July 24, 2018 To the editor — “There will be winners and losers.” That is the story of the massive “McCleary education fix” bill passed during the last legislative session, as told to me and others by the Ranking Member of the House Education Committee. The 14th Legislative District is full of K-12 funding losers, like White Salmon, Goldendale, Stevenson-Carson, Naches Valley, Klickitat, Yakima West Valley, Trout Lake, Glenwood, Lyle, and Centerville. Washingtonians read headlines touting McCleary money pumping into our schools, but there’s not an equitable funding formula. The losing schools will see more money, but have even greater, sometimes budget busting costs. It’s not the schools’ bad planning, but the way McCleary was written. It desperately needs revision next year. Every school district has unique circumstances that make it a winner or loser, and it’s confusing to sort through the complexities. Your school’s superintendent is your local expert. Ask him or her about McCleary’s financial impact. Then, call your legislators. Tell your school’s story and how it affects your children. Don’t rely on vague assurances everything will be fine, because they aren’t expert in the details. Finally, vote. I’ve found candidate Sasha Bentley for District 14’s vacated House seat willing to listen and eager to act.
Bentley has grassroots experience: Joyce Hernandez, Yakima. Published July 28, 2018 To the editor — I am writing in support of Sasha Bentley, a candidate for state representative for the 14th Legislative District. I believe Ms. Bentley is a highly qualified candidate for this office by virtue of her extensive experience as a grassroots organizer and her ability to listen to people and respond to the needs of the community. She has demonstrated effective leadership and communication skills in her service to the Democratic Party and the Columbia Gorge Women’s Action Network. I believe she would serve the interests and needs of District 14 with energy and dedication. She deserves your vote.
Bentley has experience: Maia Mittelstaedt, Selah, Published July 15, 2018To the editor — Finally, there is a viable Democratic candidate for state representative, Position 1, Legislative District 14. Her name is Sasha Bentley. She is young, well-educated, and experienced in working with a diversity of people and opinions. She is a consultant and a small-business owner and is able to be a pro-business and a pro-labor candidate. Sasha’s priorities are encouraging civic engagement, working to ensure we have strong schools with trade schools and apprenticeships as well as college after high school, investing in strengthening our local economies with universal Internet access, supporting agriculture, increasing incentives for small businesses, working to solve the housing crisis (homelessness, safe, quality housing, and affordable senior living), and ensuring that every Washingtonian has life-long healthcare coverage. Please vote for Sasha Bentley to represent us to guarantee that everyone in our state has the opportunity to succeed and live out the American Dream.
Sasha Bentley for Legislature's 14th District Angie Girard, Yakima , Published July 12, 2018 To the editor — Having the best representatives in office is more important to me now than ever before. And I feel so incredibly optimistic about the possibility of having Sasha Bentley represent those of us in the 14th Legislative District. I have been fortunate to spend quite a bit of time with Sasha over the last six months. I’ve seen her interact with all walks of life and have spent time with her one-on-one. She is the real deal, never wavering in her authenticity, never a snide remark, always thinking about others. And dang, this girl is smart! Go to her campaign website (www.sashaforstate.com) and take a look at her solutions page. It’s obvious she listens and has done her research. She didn’t just wake up one day and decide to run; she’s been planning for this her whole life. In Sasha, we have someone who is deeply passionate about building community and already has a track record of civic accomplishments. She is by far the most qualified candidate. Your vote for Sasha Bentley, Legislative District representative, Position 1, is a vote you will not regret.
Bentley a fresh alternative to Coffey for 14th District Tom Bothwell. Yakima. Published Jul 9, 2018 To the editor — Vote for Sasha Bentley for 14th District state house. After the primary, she may be running against Kathy Coffey, the current mayor of Yakima and a longtime member of the City Council. During these past years, she and the city have overspent the budget — for example, by wasting millions of dollars in the legally indefensible fight against the gerrymandering of Yakima voting districts, which a federal court judge properly found to be unconstitutional. Also, she’s hardly provided good leadership with respect to the on-again, off-again saga of the downtown plaza project. Coffey doesn’t need to be “promoted” to statewide office. Sasha Bentley offers a fresh, intelligent voice to help drain this bit of a swamp thing we’ve got going in our neck of the woods.
Bentley for 14th District: Giovanni Severino, Yakima Herald, Published: June 24, 2018. To the editor — Sasha Bentley is strong candidate to represent your voice. Sasha Bentley is running for the 14th Legislative District Position One to be your representative. She has worked hard to increase civic engagement in her community by organizing community events that educate people about our political system. She has been on a listening tour where she goes from town to town in the legislative district to listen to what the people want our state government to focus on. She is strong on improving our education, on job security, civic engagement and more. In fact, to educate the community about civic engagement, she created a board game about our political system. She believes that the Washington Legislature should work for the people all year and not just for a session that lasts a couple of months. She is energetic and is ready to work for you. If you have any questions about the campaign, visit her website www.sashaforstate.com or feel free to contact her field director at email@example.com. Don’t forget to vote Aug. 7.
Bentley for 14th District: Becky Miles, White Salmon, Yakima Herald, Published: June 21, 2018. To the editor — Sasha Bentley is running for the state House of Representatives in Legislative District 14. I have worked with Sasha as a co-lead on a local action committee as well as on her campaign and have seen her in action first-hand. After working for decades as a sales manager for a Fortune 500 company, I have a good radar on productivity. Sasha is top-notch at getting things accomplished with solution-oriented tenacity. More importantly, Sasha leads with compassion and truly seeks to understand the needs of her constituents and, if elected, will do everything in her power to make positive change where needed. If you want a candidate who will listen, consider all sides of every issue and how those issues will affect the entire district, Sasha Bentley is your best choice for District 14, Position No 1. For more information on Sasha’s platform, check her out at www.sashaforstate.com.
Letter: Support Bentley in 14th District By Rebecca Keith, Camas Published: June 3, 2018, The Columbia, 6:00 AM Sasha Bentley brings a positive pragmatism and a unifying vision for progress in the 14th Legislative District. Recently she founded Klickitat Advocacy and helped organize the 2017 Connect to Your Cause fair. She is committed to making a positive difference in her community. Because of her varied experiences, Bentley is uniquely qualified to represent the diverse views in our district and focus on achieving goals that will promote our shared desires to improve our community, including strong schools, universal internet access, support for agriculture, and incentives for small businesses, lifelong health care and a government that is accountable to us.