17th District candidates go doortodoor

first_imgState Rep. Monica Stonier had been knocking on doors for about 30 minutes in the Sifton neighborhood when she heard what every candidate going door to door is after. “I’ve been in the state of Washington 10 years this month, and you’re the first person to ask for my vote,” said Linda Pheifer, 65, who thanked Stonier for coming to her home. Stonier, sporting running shoes and a navy T-shirt that reads “This teacher loves her Seahawks,” moved swiftly from one house to the next. To defeat her Republican challenger in a swing district, Democrat Stonier knows she needs to knock on a lot of doors. She is on a mission to find people such as Pheifer, who don’t vote lock-step with a particular party and are impressed when someone rings their doorbell.In 2012, Stonier won her bid for election to the state House by only 140 votes. In the primary, she was the only local incumbent in a two-way race who trailed; Stonier garnered 48.35 percent of the votes to Republican challenger Lynda Wilson’s 51.65 percent.The Democratic incumbent said she realizes people in the 17th Legislative District tend to vote Republican.“Unless you give them a reason not to,” Stonier said, “they are open and can be persuaded.” Stonier has a few factors in her corner. Those who show up to cast their vote in the primary are generally more engaged, ideological voters. In the general election, more undecided and independent voters show up.last_img read more