Party: Trump Populist Party
City: Colbert, WA
Education: Attended high school in Hawaii. Earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Chaminade University of Honolulu in 1970. Earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Washington in 1978.
Work experience: Enlisted in the Army in 1970. Discharged as a captain. Worked for 23 years at Boeing in human resources and production.
Political experience: First run for public office.
Family: Married. Three children and eight grandchildren.
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The contest between the high-ranking congressional Republican and the Democrat with years of experience in state political leadership has drawn national interest and big local spending as the parties vie for support in the first midterm election since President Donald Trump took office.
The seven-term congresswoman reached out to state Rep. Matt Shea this year, a legislator seen as a mouthpiece for the libertarian, constitutionalist wing of the Republican Party. Lisa Brown, the presumptive Democratic challenger for McMorris Rodgers’ seat, says the spate of negative ads in the campaign are distracting from the real issues facing the district.
Recently, I had an opportunity to speak at a candidates forum in Waitsburg in Walla Walla County. I received positive feedback about my speech. But one gentleman very politely said that I was interesting but a little crazy. I took that as a compliment. I jokingly told him that my parents also said that same thing about me. (He admitted he did not vote for Trump.) Am I a little crazy? Perhaps in a good way. I am the only 5th Congressional District candidate who trusts in President Trump 100 percent. I trust Mr. Trump’s instincts, keen situational awareness, and his superior business acumen. The man knows what he is doing. He is a once-in-a-century president. And I thank God daily.
Congressional candidates to represent Eastern Washington have major disagreements on some foreign policy questions.
Colbert businessman joins Eastern Washington’s congressional race.