City: Spokane, WA
Occupation: Retired nurses aid
Education: Graduated from North Central High School in 1963. Bachelor’s degree in economics from University of Washington, 1968.
Career: Retired nurse’s aide.
Political: Has run for office every year since 1996. She also has run for City Council, county clerk, county auditor, county commissioner, U.S. House of Representative, U.S. Senate and other offices.
Family: Single. No children.
More about Barbara Lampert
To allow readers to compare and contrast the congressional candidates for Eastern Washington’s 5th District on several issues, The Spokesman-Review asked all six the same five questions: • What changes, if any, would you support for the health care reform that passed this year?
Consider the plight of the Democrats trying to take back Eastern Washington’s congressional seat, a spot they once held for 30 years. Until a few days before filing week opened June 7, they had no announced candidate and no hope of wresting the seat from three-term Republican incumbent Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a former state legislator who advanced rapidly into GOP leadership circles within the U.S. House of Representatives.
Last week, Democrats had no one to run against Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers for Eastern Washington’s congressional seat. Monday they had two – a novice from Spokane Valley and a perennial office-seeker from Spokane. Clyde Cordero, an advertising salesman for a Web publication, announced Monday that he would run for the seat that has been reliably Republican since the GOP knocked off the sitting speaker of the House in 1994. Cordero is originally from California, and moved to the Valley about 4 1/2 years ago with his wife and two children to be close to her family.
I’m always relieved to get past a primary. The only point of a primary election is to weed out those less-popular candidates who, if elected, might actually do the public some good.