In 9th District race, campaign trail and John Wayne Trail intersect

From The Spokesman-Review

This year’s campaign trail in Washington’s 9th Legislative District may intersect with an actual trail, and the controversy surrounding it.

A botched legislative proposal to close a stretch of the John Wayne Heritage Trail through parts of the district angered some townspeople along the trail. It also prompted a crowded town hall meeting in Tekoa and led to the creation of a task force of farmers and townspeople to re-examine the whole plan. To folks outside this mostly rural district in the southeast corner of the state, it may seem like a minor skirmish that can be worked out, smoothed over and easily forgotten.

But it gave challenger Richard Lathim a chance to criticize appointed Rep. Mary Dye for not being upfront with residents about things the Legislature does. Read the rest of the story here.