Candidates for 26th District House, Position 2

State Representative Michelle Calder, the current Republican who has served four terms in the House of Representatives, will face Democratic contender Matt McClain in the 26th District race for a second-place seat in the House.

Calder, a dentist who won her seat in 2014 after defeating incumbent Democratic President Larry Sequist, will face McClain, the attorney and licensed nursing home manager.

Kitsap Sun asked the candidates to answer seven questions. Their answers follow:

Michael Calder

age: 46

current occupation: state representative

Previous elected experience: Country Representative: 2015 to date

party, party: republican

Campaign contributions: 128205.58 USD

Michael Calder

Q: Inflation is a challenge for many. What should the legislature do to help those struggling with the rising cost of gas and food?

a: Reverse recent policies (which you voted against) that have been put in place to increase the cost of gas and energy. Food costs are directly proportional to the costs of moving and cooling goods, which is why our grocery bill has increased significantly.

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