Candidates for 26th District House, Position 2

State Rep. Michelle Caldier, a Republican incumbent who has served four terms in House, will face Democratic challenger Matt Macklin in the 26th District race for the Position 2 House seat.

Caldier, a dentist who won her seat in 2014 after defeating longtime Democratic incumbent Larry Seaquist, will face Macklin, an attorney and licensed nursing home administrator.

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

Michelle Caldier

Age: 46

Current occupation: State representative

Previously elected experience: State representative: 2015-Present

party: republican

Campaign contributions: $128,205.58

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 the recent policies (which I voted against) that were put in place to increase the cost of gas and energy. Food costs are directly proportional to the costs in transporting and refrigerating goods, which is why our grocery bill has drastically increased.