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By Susan Svensson
White Salmon 

Missing In action


Klickitat County is the furthest east in US Congressional District 3 which includes 655,000 people in eight counties. The district also extends from Pacific County on the western edge through Lewis, Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania, and a small sliver of southern Thurston County.

The 3rd District is considered highly competitive for the November election. The 2010 redistricting extended the district further east and made it slightly more Republican after 11 years of Democratic representation.

We now have missing-in-action Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler in 2011 as our CD 3 Rep. Herrera Buetler has missed more than 15 percent of votes in Congress. She hasn’t had a Town Hall since 2011 and has instead started having ‘coffees’ by invitation only.

Jim Moeller, Democratic challenger for the 3rd,has promised to hold open Town Halls and to be on the House floor to vote. He has been a popular State Legislative District 49 (Central Vancouver) Rep. for 14 years and is currently Washington State Speaker Pro Tem. Jim has visited Klickitat on numerous times and we expect to see more of him.

Herrera Beutler, a strong conservative, received a 9 percent favorability score from the League of Conservation Voters. Her request for hazmat operations grants for the inevitable oil train explosions doesn’t reflect needed leadership in stopping the oil terminal and oil trains from travelling through the region. She voted for the bill which would lift the United States’ 40-year-old ban on exporting crude oil and would increase oil production by as much as 500,000 barrels per day, which has been part of the draw for the oil terminal and trains. If she had a few Town Halls she might have heard of our concerns.

Jim Moeller received a 93 percent favorability score with the Washington Conservation Voters.

He opposes oil by rail that will increase the already soaring number of oil trains down the Gorge.

A vote for Jim Moeller is a vote for the safety of the Gorge.


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