Eye On Olympia

THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2008, 12:30 P.M.

Carder files against state Rep. Wood

Undeterred by her 33 percent showing against Democratic state Rep. Alex Wood two years ago, Spokane Republican Laura Carder has filed campaign paperwork for a rematch.

She said she'd really like to see someone challenge state Sen. Lisa Brown, who's running for re-election in the same central-Spokane district.

"But I would like somebody with a little more clout to run against her," said Carder. "And, frankly, I still have all these signs that say `state representative.' That's the main reason."

The former computer programmer and community volunteer describes herself as a Ron Paul Republican. Her campaign website -- which she says she'll update soon -- is here.

She acknowledges that the district tilts heavily Democratic, but says she's hoping to win by campaigning against property tax increases, for proper nutrition, and "getting rid of the indoctrination" in schools. On that last item, she said, she questions that humans are causing climate change -- or even that it's changing -- and would like to see "creation science" taught in schools along with evolution. She'd also like to give hiring priority to U.S. citizens over non-citizens.

She said she ran in 2006 mainly so that the District 3 choices would include at least one non-Democrat. "I didn't expect to win," she said.

And this year?

"Well, it's possible," she said.

Hat tip: Chris Mulick.

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