I have known both candidates who are running for the state Senate for the 42nd district for many years. Both are fine men who have worked hard for Whatcom County, doing the best as they see it from their perspective. That’s why I cannot vote for Doug Ericksen. We need representation in Olympia that’s above reproach, since so much of what happens there goes on behind closed doors. I believe that while Ericksen’s double-dipping —getting over $2,000 in free meals while still collecting his per diem expense check from the state — may seem like a small matter, an honest person does the right thing even when no one is watching. What other corners did he cut, and if so, how are we to know? We need a change here for reasons that go well beyond partisan politics.