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Governor's eyes on Goldendale

 

Contributed, Miland Walling

Booth Gardner, Washington’s 19th governor and one of its most popular chief executives, died March 15 of complications arising from Parkinson’s disease. Gardner was governor from 1984 to 1992. Gardner struggled with Parkinson’s since his retirement from public life. Gardner was Pierce County Executive and little known elsewhere in the state when he entered the governor’s race in 1983. His campaign team adopted the signature slogan Booth Who?, and he went on to upset incumbent Republican John Spellman in the general election. Gardner disliked many of the public speaking aspects of campaigning and governing but was known for his casual approach both on the campaign trail and in Olympia. Although he had an MBA from Harvard University, the charismatic and popular Gardner liked to refer to his management style as MBWA– Management By Walking Around. Left, Gov. Gardner is seen entering the Goldendale aluminum plant, with a sign welcoming him, and (below) talking with workers at the plant.

Contributed, Miland Walling

 

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