OLYMPIA -- The Association of Washington Business endorsed Jeff Baxter Friday in the race for the state Senate seat in Spokane Valley's 4th District.
The AWB is meeting this week at Suncadia lodge -- a resort near Cle Elum -- for its annual "policy summit". Among the policies are endorsements...mostly for initiatives in this odd-year election.
But with a contest between two Republicans in the 4th, the group went with the incumbent Baxter, who was appointed to the seat this winter after Bob McCaslin retired for health reasons. He faces another Republican, former state Rep. and County District Judge Mike Padden in November because no Democrats got into the race.
The AWB said it was backing Baxter because of his business experience. "The private sector needs to lead our economic recovery efforts," the group said.