Letter: Ardinger’s misstep
I am writing in response to the unwarranted concerns Kass Ardinger expressed recently during a candidates forum for Senate District 15.
The State Employees’ Association/SEIU Local 1984 chose to endorse Dan Feltes over Ardinger in the Sept. 9 primary. During the candidates forum, Ardinger used that endorsement to question whether Feltes would make his own independent decisions on issues that affect working people.
The State Employees’ Association/SEIU Local 1984 endorsed Feltes based on his alignment with established criteria for all of the organization’s political endorsements. We look at a candidate’s support of many policy strategies and issues.
We met with both Feltes and Ardinger before making an endorsement in the race. We are endorsing Feltes based on his prior work experience and the policies he supports. He is young and bright, and he possesses good judgment and integrity.
To suggest that someone with Feltes’s strong track record would be given to undue influence in any setting is unfair. We are disappointed with Ardinger’s comments, and believe they were an unfair to Feltes and his supporters.
This demonstrates a distinct difference between Ardinger and Sen. Sylvia Larsen, who is leaving the Senate seat that is at the heart of the race. Larsen understood that labor endorsements are the result of thousands of workers who have come together to express a shared vision of economic and social factors that are required for families to thrive.
We sincerely hope Ardinger’s comment can be attributed to political inexperience.
(The writer is chairman of the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 political education committee.)