Representative Christine Kilduff (D-University Place) joined her Republican challenger Maia Espinoza in opposing the carbon emission fee initiative, I-1631.
The measure will be on the ballot this November. Espinoza, a Lakewood resident, is running against Kilduff. Espinoza had previously stated her opposition to the initiative.
The divisive issue came up Thursday at the Lakewood United Candidate Forum. When asked, “Do you support a carbon tax?” Kilduff responded, “No.”
Her current seatmate, Dick Muri (R-Steilacoom), was also at the event and reiterated his opposition to I-1631. Democratic challenger Mari Leavitt also joined the other candidates in opposing the measure.
“I’ve long opposed a carbon tax because it hurts middle-class families,” said Espinoza. “A carbon tax will not do much to reduce carbon emissions, reducing traffic will.”