City: 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.
|Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R)||167,791||63.70 %|
|Daryl Romeyn (D)||95,632||36.30 %|
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.