SEATTLE (AP) — The two men competing to be Washington’s attorney general are co-workers, but that’s about as much King County Councilmen Reagan Dunn and Bob Ferguson will admit to sharing.
Dunn, a Republican, and the Democrat Ferguson have been trying to draw differences in their quest to succeed incumbent Rob McKenna, the GOP’s candidate for governor.
Ferguson appears to have an advantage. He garnered more votes than Dunn in the August primary, and recent polls show him ahead. But Dunn expects leads to flip flop until Election Day. He put $100,000 of his own money into his campaign in September.
Ferguson has offered himself as an independent-minded lawyer who is not afraid to leave party politics behind, while Dunn has touted his experience as a U.S. prosecutor.
A fourth-generation Washingtonian first elected in 2003 to the County Council, Ferguson was an attorney a a prominent Seattle law firm before entering politics.
If elected, Ferguson said, he’d create a task force to look into an environmental crimes unit, seek remedies for gangs and continue the practice of consumer protection.
“It’s one of the most important functions,” he said. “Folks are struggling. When you think about it, we’re all consumers.”
Dunn has pitched a jobs angle, saying he’d like to create a task force to ease regulations on businesses. Dunn also says he’s a moderate Republican who supports gay marriage and abortion rights.
Dunn, though, had to backpedal in August when was asked about an Olympia pharmacist’s refusal to provide the morning-after pill. Dunn, in a radio interview, said he hoped the pharmacist would win the court case challenging a state rule that pharmacies must provide the pill. He later said he was talking about his personal view.The state Board of Pharmacy requires pharmacies offer the pill, a rule that’s in a court challenge.