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Governor Hart's Platform
Made Up of Official Acts
Gubernatorial candidates attempt to confuse and mislead voters by
statements that they will do "so and so", most of whick already has
been done or is being done by the governor himself.
GOV. LOUIS P. HART
Candidate to Succeed Himsalf as Governor of the State
That some of the candidates in the gu
bernatorial primary campaign are either
deliberately attempting to confuse and mis
lead the voters, or are themselves ignorant
of some conditions about which they are
speaking and publishing platforms and
newspaper articles, is the declaration made
at Governor Louis F. Hart's King County
headquarters in the Alaska Building.
"When <i candidate for Governor of this
great state says in his campaign utterances
that he favors a budget law," said one of
Governor Hart's strong supporters, "he
cither insults the intelligence of the voter
or displays a serious lack of knowledge
about Stale affairs—because this state has
had a budget law for many years. Gov
ernor Hart has already proposed to put
some extra teeth in it to make it more ef
"The same may be said of the candidate
who declares he favors the 'enactment of
legislation to define sedition and make
seditious utterances a crime against the
state.' Such ;i measure was passed years
ago. Scores of prosecutions have been had
under it. the measure having been sus
tained by the Courts."
To show that Governor Hart's rivals are
making their campaigns chiefly on promises
1o do what Governor Hart is actually do
ing, or has already done, the Governor's
friends call attention to the promises made
by two or three of the candidates, to the
effect that if they are elected they will
have a survey made to determine how to
■consolidate the work of state boards and
commissions, for the purpose of eliminat
ing duplication and improving efficiency.
The facts of the matter are, of course, that
Governor Hart has had survey in progress
since last October.
In his message to the extraordinary ses-
sion of the legislature in January, 1920,
Governor Hart pointed out the desirability
of materially simplifying and coordinating
the present machinery of State government.
The Governor called attention to the multi
tudinous number of Boards and Commis
sions that have been created by the legis
lature since Statehood, to cope with vari
ous problems arising from time to time,
and emphasized the fact that there has
never been an accurate survey of the State's
governmental machinery with a view to
eliminating Boards and Commissions whose
functions have come to overlap and cause
duplication of work and expense. Acting
upon his request and recommendation, the
legislature adopted a resolution requesting
and authorizing the Governor, in co-opera
tion with the Attorney General, to make a
survey of the State's governmental machin
ery with a view to making recommendations
to the regular session next January, which
will enable to enactment of an administra
tive code under which the State's govern
mental plant will be thoroughly overhauled,
modernized and simplified, in keeping with
approved business practice: which will abol
ish present duplication and needless Boards
and Commissions, fix direct responsibility
for administrative acts, and reduce the cost
for State government to the taxpayers
while at the same time enhancing its effi
Extensive progress has been made by the
Governor in the making" of this survey, and
it should be patent to every voter and tax
payer that the work should not be inter
rupted nor delayed. Governor Hart has
given the survey his close personal atten
tion and study, and as a result is prob
ably better fitted than any other man in
the State to see it to a successful conclusion.
If there is any real virtue in an honest.
GOVERNOR HART HAS MADE GOOD
Governor Hart is broad-minded and efficient.
As our governor he has been conscientious and
Governor Hart is not the candidate of any fac
tion, group or creed—he has been and is the gover
nor of ALL the people.
Governor Hart's official acts have been con
sistently prompted by a single motive—humane,
practical, economical administration of the state
Governor Hart's appointments have been in
spired, not by political expediency, but solely by
the desire to render the rgeatest benefit to the
state. Tlis guiding thought has always been the
greatest good to the greatest number.
Qovernor Hart's watchword is "Humanity".
ITis principal concern in the conduct of the state's
several institutions has been the welfare of the
state's wards, his prime purpose being to convert
the wards into useful, law-abiding men and women.
Governor Hart's conduct of the affairs of his
office has been safe. sane, constructive and pro
Governor Hart is mentally, morally, physically
fit. He is of the people. Courageous and unbiased.
he insures a square deal for all. He is worthy of
secret, state-wide straw vote, Governor
Louis F. Hart's nomination at the coming
primaries is assured.
"It's all over but the shouting," de
clared Lee Johnston, manager of Governor
Hart's campaign in King County, " if the
results of the state-wide straw vote as con
ducted by the Spokesman-Review can be
depended upon to indicate the general
sentiment of the voters. This Spokane pa
per has certainly undertaken to get the
real sentiment of the state and the final
result, which has just been announced, is
surely significant and should lend encour
agement to the Governor's friends every
where. The final count gives Governor
Hart a clean lead of practically 800 votes
over his nearest rival."
Following is the tabulation of the final
East West Total
Hart 993 1,785 2,785
Hartley 410 1578 1,996
Coman 1,110 182 1,299
Gellatly 433 418 866
Lamping 149 703 857
Stringer 35 205 242
Bridges 270 772 1,061
Black 307 356 669
Mathes 33 286 323
Todd 83 54 144
JVidd 18 95 114
Jones 14 36 51
3,855 6,470 10,407
Among the colored citizens of Seattle
Gov. ITart has many ardent advocates who
are not leaving a stone unturned to bring
about his nomination. Among 1 the number
are found John F. Cragwell, John Green,
Dr. Hamilton, John T. Gayton and others.
■Mr. Cragwell, for many years a leading
business man of the city, is active in the
support of Gov. Hart and predicts his nomi
nation. John Green, one of the court house
employes, says Gov. Hart, in my opinion,
has made good and I am for him. Dr.
Hamilton says, "put me down for Gov.
Hart." Mr. Gayton, bailiff at the Federal
Court says, "I am for Hart."