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Candidates for State Representative, 16th District, Position Two

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WALLA WALLA, Wash.--As the country attempts to recover from an economic bailout, efforts to address Washington state's proposed budget deficit are in full swing.

"We're $3.2 billion dollars in debt," says Republican challenger Terry Nealey. And we were $3.0 billion dollars surplus only a year-and-a-half ago. It's going to take some real leadership and some real work to fix that budget and I intend to do it without raising taxes."

Nealey is running against Democrat incumbent Bill Grant for position two in the 16th District.

Both candidates agree business growth is essential for stability.

"I'm really big into economic development," says Grant. I think that is an issue that helps this state create more jobs, more dollars into the state to pay for those programs that indeed we need."

"We need to look at perhaps encouraging entrepreneurship and startup businesses," mentions Nealey. We've got one of the largest failure rates of startup businesses in the United States. One way we can help do that is to reduce the Business and Occupation (B & O) tax on startup businesses. And then phase that in over a two or three year period."

As an attorney and former prosecutor, Nealey understands law.

Though, if elected, Grant feels he'll struggle as a freshman.

"My opponent however would be a newcomer in the minority party and it would be very difficult for him to get anything accomplished," admits Grant.

"I have dealt with the law which is of course mostly statutory and the legislators write those laws so, it would be a unique and nice for me to go over there and help deal with the laws, says Nealey."