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By Lou Marzeles

First cop to challenge 1639 runs for governor


January 29, 2020


A SERIOUS CHALLENGE: Loren Culp, left, shown speaking with voters in a movie on the Culp for Governor website. Culp is in Goldendale this Saturday for a meet-and-greet fundraiser.

There are times when being first to do something can transport you from small-town obscurity to international renown. It helps when what you're the first to do involves a hot issue like gun rights in America. For Loren Culp-chief of police in a tiny town near the Canadian border-being the first was also sufficient to propel him into a Republican run for governor of Washington.

A brief reminder: Culp was the first law enforcement official in the state to say he would refuse to enforce I-1639. He preceded Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer on that stand by a day. The two went on to become quoted in news media across the country and even abroad.

Culp and Songer obviously share a passion for...

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