Trump, taxes, Seattle politics debated as state Senate candidates meet in Redmond

45th District state Senate candidates Manka Dhingra, Democrat, at left, and Jinyoung Englund, Republican, listen to a question during a debate Tuesday at Microsoft in Redmond. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times)
45th District state Senate candidates Manka Dhingra, Democrat, at left, and Jinyoung Englund, Republican, listen to a question during a debate Tuesday at Microsoft in Redmond. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times)

Just weeks away from the November election, state Senate candidates Democrat Manka Dhingra and Republican Jinyoung Lee Englund squared off in a debate Tuesday.

The question dominated a state Senate election debate between Democrat Manka Dhingra and Republican Jinyoung Lee Englund in Redmond on Tuesday.

Should voters elect a Democrat to the Eastside’s 45th District and hand that party control of both chambers of the Legislature, or should they select a Republican and maintain a divided and sometimes contentious state Legislature?

Just weeks away from the November general election, the candidates made their cases to voters in an auditorium at Microsoft’s Redmond campus.

A victory by Dhingra, a senior deputy prosecutor for King County, would give control of the state Senate to Democrats, who already hold the governorship and…

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