Mr. McClain comes to us with his own unique history, as we all do, but the real question here is: Should he be our new prosecutor? I think the voters in Kittitas county answered the question - a resounding no. After serving in the Kittitas county Prosecutor's office, in 2006 Mr. McClain was elected to a term as a county commissioner as a Republican. At the end of that term, in 2010, Mr. McClain announced his decision not to seek reelection to the county board, but to run against his former boss, Greg Zemple, for the post of County Prosecutor. In a newspaper article in April 2010 he said, in part, "An antiquated office structure, policies which hamper the dedicated and capable staff, a focus on misdemeanor offenses rather than felony crimes with prison sentences, and an elected prosecutor absent from the courtroom, are at the heart of the issue and must be changed in order to protect and maintain the safe community which we enjoy."
Sound familiar? And how did this play with the voters in Kittitas county? With his record as an assistant prosecutor and a one term county commissioner, he got 23% of the vote, finishing third in a three candidate race. Now he wishes to be your prosecutor and the chief legal adviser to our county government here in Pacific county.
With all of the turmoil in this race, it's starting to have the feel of us collectively raising our foot and taking aim. Let's not pull the trigger! David Burke has proven he can do the job, and do it well. Vote to reelect David Burke as our county prosecutor.