City: Spokane Valley, WA
Education: Earned a GED after dropping out of high school in Arizona. Attended some classes toward a registered nurse’s certification at North Idaho College.
Work experience: Mental health technician at Eastern State Hospital. Previously served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army. Worked in assembly at Columbia Paint and Coatings, as a maintenance worker for Quality Inn and a weld machine tech operator at Netseal.
Political experience: First run for public office.
Family: Married. Has two children.
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.
Congressional candidates to represent Eastern Washington have major disagreements on some foreign policy questions.
Colbert businessman joins Eastern Washington’s congressional race.
Number of Senate candidates continues to grow as other races fill out.
Well-armed gun rights advocates rally at the Capitol where politicians urge them to register and vote.
“Come on out, bring your firearms and your family and let’s talk of freedom and have a blast shooting some targets,” Jered Bonneau wrote in Facebook promotion for his “Shooting with the Candidate” event, which features a photo of the bearded 31-year-old posing with a Kalashnikov rifle in a room draped with “Don’t Tread on Me” flags.
Two of the three congressional candidates vying to represent Washington’s 5th Legislative District, Democrat Lisa Brown and Republican Jered Bonneau, disagreed on health care and gun control, but found common ground on immigration reform in a Pullman public forum Thursday.
Jered Bonneau has been homeless, rallied for the Bundy family in their standoff with federal officials and will now run under the GOP banner for Eastern Washington’s congressional seat. “I think that we have a very politically stagnant district,” the 31-year-old mental health technician at Eastern State Hospital said in an interview Tuesday, a little less than two weeks after filing to unseat Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. “Cathy’s not a bad person. She’s actually a pretty good person. A lot of people like her, she’s very personable. But there’s just this stagnant political feel about what’s going on right now.”