Jan Angel, Nathan Schlicher debate at Gig Harbor forum
Democratic Sen. Nathan Schlicher and Republican Rep. Jan Angel debated at a breakfast forum Thursday, fielding questions about out-of-state contributions, campaign ads, education and taxes.
Schlicher was appointed to the 26th District Senate seat in January. The state Senate is controlled by a coalition of 23 Republicans and two Democrats, and a victory by Angel would shift more power to the coalition.
The candidates were asked about the influence of outside money in a race has drawn more than $500,000 in independent spending.
One of the largest donors is Thomas Steyer, a hedge-fund manager and environmentalist from California who donated $300,000 to an independent committee opposed to Angel.
Angel said she was “shocked” at the amount of Steyer’s donation. “I’m an environmentalist too, so this man doesn’t even know me,” Angel said. “But he is putting all this money against me in this race.”
Schlicher said there is a “clear environmental difference” between his voting record and Angel’s record. He pointed to his 100 percent voting score by the Washington Conservation Voters, compared to 11 percent for Angel.