Washington Republicans were lifted by a national tide in Tuesday’s elections, one that cost Democrats at least one of the state’s congressional seats and left a key U.S. Senate seat in doubt. Early returns indicate the tide will carry more Republicans into the still solidly Democratic-controlled Legislature in Olympia, and to the already Republican-dominated courthouse in Spokane. Because Washington votes will continue to arrive in the mail for more than a week, close races might not be decided until right before Thanksgiving. Read more
Age: 55City: Greenacres, WA
On this race: Elected Experience: I am not a professional politician. I see a need for strong leadership in the 5th Congressional District.
Other Professional Experience: Romeyn’s Domain was my outdoor show at KXLY-TV, Spokane. I also did the weather there and at KREM-TV. I’ve worked in the local news business through the years. Born 10-8-58 in Detroit, Michigan, I headed west after college and landed my first TV job in Medford, Oregon. I was the agriculture reporter in Yakima when Spokane called in 1985. I’ve been organically farming for several years. I’m currently self-employed.
Education: University of Michigan, BA Film, 1980 Eastern Washington University – weather
Community Service: Farm food donations
Statement: This season I’m hitting the campaign trail instead of the hiking trail. After years in the television news business, I’m now able to express my views and run for office. My issues are federal ones, so the Congress of the United States is where the work needs to be done representing the people of the 5th Congressional District.
Let’s focus on the economy here at home. I see little being done in our district's national forests to prepare for catastrophic wildfire. I propose mobilizing crews to build “light on the land” firebreaks providing wood, jobs, and contracts. With the ever increasing demand for water, it doesn’t make sense to let our watersheds burn. Green, healthy forests offer more.
Our children’s health hits close to home. Let’s grow local food on local farms to feed the federal school lunch program. Kids and farmers thrive. And let's position the Spokane-Cheney-Pullman area as a research center for green technology, working on problem solving and encouraging innovation on the energy front.
People want their Congressman to address the tough questions that face our nation. We need a return to fiscal discipline to pay for our wants and needs. We need to treat all people with fairness, dignity, and compassion. We need to bring the troops home. My father took a Purple Heart wound in World War II. I know how that hits a kid. Veterans will not be forgotten on my watch.
I’m out in all 12 counties of the district listening to you. Let’s pack up, break camp, and get moving on real world solutions. If you want new frontiers with a man of action, elect Daryl Romeyn to Congress.
Last updated: Nov. 12, 5:37 p.m. Election results
|Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R)||167,791||63.70%|
|Daryl Romeyn (D)||95,632||36.30%|
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DOUG’S 5th DISTRICT DEBATE DIARY: Tuesday, 6:59 p.m. – Here I am, flopped on the couch in front of my big Sony HD flat screen. The off again/on again drama between U.S. Rep. Cathy “Big Mama” McMorris Rodgers and her Democrat opponent, Daryl “Raindrops” Romeyn, is over. The candidates finally stopped making up stories about their imaginary scheduling commitments and are about to square off for a televised debate. Read more
Democratic challenger Daryl Romeyn tried to paint Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers as a do-nothing incumbent who has no solutions for federal deficits, illegal immigration, high school dropouts or childhood obesity. McMorris Rodgers suggested Romeyn was someone who didn’t understand complex forest issues and would tax small businesses out of existence and set off a trade war with China. Read more
Democratic challenger Daryl Romeyn painted Cathy McMorris Rodgers as a do-nothing incumbent who has no solutions for federal deficits, illegal immigration, high school dropouts or childhood obesity. … Read more
In what may be the most anticipated 5th District Congressional debate in years, Republican incumbent Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Democratic challenger Daryl Romeyn go head-to-head tonight on television.They’ll be answering questions from a panel that includes Spokesman-Review reporter and Spin Control contributor Jonathan Brunt, public radio’s Doug Nadvornik, and KXLY-TV’s Robin Nance. … Read more
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Democratic challenger Daryl Romeyn will debate tonight after all. The televised debate, which last week was listed as off, then on, then off again, was on again Monday as the two candidates finally both said yes at the same time. Barring some new last-minute change of heart, it will be taped this afternoon and appear at 7 p.m. on KXLY-TV and 8 p.m. on KSPS-TV. Read more
The candidates in Washington’s 5th congressional district will debate after all, on Tuesday. Read more
Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Daryl Romeyn will debate after all on Tuesday, it seems.The incumbent Republican congresswoman and the Democratic challenger, who each at one point turned down an invitation to debate for scheduling reasons, reportedly have cleared their respective calendars for Tuesday afternoon. They’ll tape a debate in the afternoon that will be aired at 7 p.m. … Read more
First she won’t. Then she will. And now he won’t? Read more
Just days after saying Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ refusal to debate was denying him a voice, congressional challenger Daryl Romeyn refused to debate when she changed her mind and offered to debate next week.Whether the two candidates will meet face-to-face before the Nov. 2 election seems doubtful, but one thing seems sure. There will be no televised debate next week on KSPS-TV and KXLY-TV.McMorris Rodgers’ campaign contacted debate organizers on Friday,saying she wanted to withdraw her withdrawal from the Oct. … Read more
A few days after saying they couldn’t fit a debate into Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ schedule, the Republican incumbent’s campaign has shifted course and asked if she could debate Daryl Romeyn after all.The campaign called KSPS-TV producer Jill Johnson this morning, asking if the offer to debate on Channel 7 and KXLY-TV next week was still open. … Read more
For the first time in decades, there will be no debate or face-to-face forum for Eastern Washington’s 5th Congressional District race because the incumbent is refusing to participate. U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ campaign said Wednesday she will not be able to debate Democratic challenger Daryl Romeyn “due to scheduling constraints.” Read more
For the first time in decades, there will be no debate or face-to-face forum for candidates in Eastern Washington’s 5th Congressional District race because the incumbent is refusing to participate.U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ campaign said Wednesday she will not debate Democratic challenger Daryl Romeyn “due to scheduling constraints.”McMorris Rodgers, seeking her fourth term in the House where she holds a GOP leadership position, declined this week to participate in the one proposed televised debate, a one-hour question-and-answer session next week on KSPS-TV and KXLY-TV, after more than a month of discussions. … Read more
Republican incumbent Cathy McMorris Rodgers faces Democrat Daryl Romeyn. Read more
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers would like a fourth term in Congress, and Democrats in the 5th District aren’t putting up much resistance. They threw their support behind little-known candidate Clyde Cordero in the primary, but he was defeated by Daryl Romeyn, who is best known for forecasting the weather on local TV stations. He gave up that profession a while back and is now a full-time organic farmer. However, when it comes to the important issues in this race, he is partly cloudy. Romeyn is sincere in his quest to join Congress, but too often his response to questions is: “Again, I don’t have specifics.” Romeyn lobs the tired “career politician” label at McMorris Rodgers but says the district’s best-ever representative was Tom Foley – and we don’t disagree – but Foley was as entrenched as it gets. Romeyn correctly notes that a representative’s task is to listen, learn and legislate, but it is a candidate’s task to get past the first step in formulating his own ideas. We’re not sure who he was listening to in making trail breaks in national forests a centerpiece of his campaign. Read more
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was among congressional Republicans making a “pledge” Thursday to change the way the federal government works if they regain control. But her campaign opponent, Daryl Romeyn, said she and other Republicans should skip the grandiose statements and take some responsibility for things they did when they were in charge. Read more
Thousands of votes are still to be counted from Tuesday’s primary, but along with most races, some lessons are clear. Read more
Thousands of votes are still to be counted from Tuesday’s primary, but along with most races, some lessons are clear. Lesson 1: It may be uncomfortable to be an incumbent this year, but it’s not fatal. Few incumbents were eliminated in the state’s unusual Top Two primary, but some clearly have their work ahead of them.Count among them state Sen. … Read more
Sen. Patty Murray will face Dino Rossi in the November general election, continuing the fight for a U.S. Senate seat that started even before the Republican former legislator got into the race in May. With hundreds of thousands of ballots still to count, Murray was pulling down the most votes Tuesday night in the state’s top-two primary, and Rossi was a somewhat distant second, but far ahead of tea party favorite Clint Didier, a former NFL player turned Eltopia farmer. Bellingham businessman Paul Akers ran a distant fourth. Read more
Spokane County Elections Manager Mike McLaughlin said he expects to post election results around 8:15 p.m. and doesn’t expect further counting until Wednesday.Check spokesman.com for election updates. We’ll get them posted as soon as we get them.One-third of ballots have been returnedThe county received more than 14,000 ballots in the mail today. … Read more