City: Newman Lake, WA
Occupation: operations engineer and former saddle shop owner
Career: Crane operator at Hite Crane and Rigging. Created and produces the “Constitution Minute” radio program on the American Christian Network. Wrote self-published book based on the program. Former owner of saddle shop.
Education: Graduated from Kamiakin High School in Kennewick in 1972. Learned saddle making at Spokane Falls Community College.
Political experience: Ran for Congress as Constitution Party candidate in 2008 and 2010.
Family: Married. Has three adult children.
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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.
Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers formally began her congressional re-election campaign Wednesday with no Democrat showing a strong desire to oppose her but a challenger on the right from the Constitution Party. She said she wants to return for a fourth term to fight “reckless federal spending.” As a member of House Republican leadership, she has opposed the bailouts of banks and automakers, last year’s economic stimulus package and all versions of health care reform proposed by President Barack Obama or congressional Democrats.