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Candidates get new endorsements


Candidates in various races reported new endorsements last week.

Gina McCabe, running for state representative, received endorsements from Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust (SAFE Trust), the political action committee of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in Washington state); the Washington State Farm Bureau PAC; and the Association of Washington Business (AWB).

AWB president Kris Johnson said in the group’s endorsement, “Voters will have an opportunity this fall to help shape Washington’s economic future. Some parts of the state are emerging from years of recession, but the recovery is uneven and too many counties continue to struggle with high unemployment. Employers need representatives in Olympia—from every corner of the state—who understand the issues they face and the impact that legislative decisions have on small, medium and large businesses. The endorsed candidates demonstrated, through interviews and surveys, an understanding of employer concerns and a strong commitment to improving Washington’s business climate.”

SAFE Trust wrote to McCabe, “As you may know, small business represents nearly 96 percent of all businesses in our state and employs nearly half of the state’s private sector workforce.  Small business truly is the economic engine of the state of Washington. Your responses to our candidate questionnaire demonstrate a strong understanding of the importance of small business to our state’s economy and your willingness to fight to protect our free enterprise system.

“It is my pleasure to inform you that the Washington State Farm Bureau PAC has endorsed your campaign for the Washington House of Representatives in the 2014 General Election,” wrote Scott Dilley for that organization. “This decision by the Farm Bureau PAC Board of Trustees was based on the recommendations of your local county Farm Bureaus.”

Candidate for Prosecuting Attorney David Quesnel last week secured the endorsement of Union Local No. 1533 DC, Employees of the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Emergency Management. “Our union is made up of four very distinct groups of law enforcement professionals that work together, and with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, to deliver law enforcement services to Klickitat County,” wrote union president Robert Bianchi. “It includes Dispatchers of the Department of Emergency Management; the Sergeants and Deputy Sheriffs of the KCSO Patrol Division; Sergeants; Corrections Officers; and Control Board Officers of the KCSO Corrections Division, as well as KCSO Clerical Staff. Together, we perform a variety of jobs that involve significant interaction with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. You have many strong supporters among our members. Our membership discussions culminated in a vote over the past week by the membership body (41 participants out of 42 members) regarding a statement of support of your candidacy. A significant majority of our members voted in favor of issuing such a statement. The membership of the [union] supports you in your bid to be elected Prosecuting Attorney of Klickitat County in the 2014 election, as we believe you are the most qualified candidate.”


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