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ELECTION: Kilmer is ready for Congress

Letter by Ellie F. Sternquist, University Place on Aug. 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm with 10 Comments »
August 21, 2012 2:23 pm

I am a small business owner in Pierce County. With pluck and humility I have ridden through the recent recession and the one of the early 1990s. When I learned of Derek Kilmer’s campaign for Congress, I became involved.

Kilmer was born and raised on the Olympic Peninsula, the son of teachers. Watching friends and families suffer the debilitating effects of the timber industry failure, he had a vision to create jobs, support economic development, protect the environment, and ensure that community and our veterans could thrive. Kilmer respects the balance between small business and broader community concerns.

Kilmer has pragmatically worked at job creation; he helped create a new hospital and 450 jobs. He works across the aisle, acknowledging that all people need to work, and his success is measured by accolades from many prestigious organizations.

When Norm Dicks announced his resignation from the 6th Congressional District seat, an opportunity was created for Kilmer to seek that seat. Dicks, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and organizations supporting middle-class values have endorsed Kilmer. I know that he will fight for what’s right to keep our economy moving forward.

My retirement beckons. Kilmer is committed to expanding opportunities for people like his grandmother, me and eventually his two small children to have meaningful work and retire in modest comfort.

Kilmer has economic vision, planning and policy experience. Our military, workers, businesses, and our families will be the winners with him representing the 6th Congressional District.

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  1. GHTaxPayer says:

    Kilmer is a bold-faced liar and a spendaholic. In his last campaign he promised to help fund education, but as soon as he was re-elected he sponsored a bill that CUT school funding by almost 10% !

    Kilmer also put into place a block of refinancing to the Narrows Bridge that ensures rising tolls and huge profits to the bridge contractor. He then supported legislation that would keep the tolls at high rates forever.

    Kilmer twice voted for Gregoire budgets that put our state in a $100+ Million hole, over stern advice from economists that we could not fund such runaway spending.

  2. aislander says:

    More Democrat wallpaper…

  3. truthbusterguy says:

    GHtaxpayer is right again. Hope the Republicans can expose Kilmer for the way he sold us all down the river by setting up his union buddies with a sweet deal if they buy the bonds that built the bridge.

    There is a good reason these bonds are locked and can’t be refinanced. It’s a guaranteed 5 3/4% tax payer payback to unions in exchange for their support of Kilmer.

    Kilmer will be able to do nothing to help the military establishment. As a rookie in the minority party he will be relegated to dump Pelosi’s garbage cans after meetings. Kilmer means a lose of jobs to our milatary establishment.

  4. Why must we endure these phony LTE’s?

    And why are they placed at the front of the line?

  5. GHTaxPayer says:

    I hope Bill Driscoll comes out swinging.
    I know Kilmer personally and I would love to smash him in the face – if it wouldn’t land me in the clink!
    He refused to stand up for our school children and forced a levy on us that cost Peninsula Schools $104,000.

  6. SuperSteve says:

    Gotta love how these Republican cranks rail against Derek Kilmer because they don’t like the Tacoma Narrows Bridge financing – which was put in place Before Kilmer Was Ever Elected!

    And how does a State Legislator force a school levy on anyone? Those are put on the ballot by locally-elected school boards, and voted on by the public.

    These guys would try to attach the exact same phony, empty complaints against Any Democratic Candidate – while offering nothing positive about the Republican opponent.

    Derek Kilmer has shown that he can collaborate with responsible people of both parties – including colleagues like Republican Senator Linda Evans Parlette (who was chosen by Republicans to co-write the state Capital Budget alongside Kilmer) and with local Republicans like former Pierce Councilman Terry Lee on issues that concerned the Peninsula area.

    That’s exactly what we need more of in DC to help break the grid-lock – not someone endorsed by partisan cranks like Bill Driscoll.

  7. truthbusterguy says:

    What we need in DC is obama out of there and give the GOP control of BOTH houses so we can get something done.

    It was you liberal friends like pelosi that caused gridlock. Gridlock is the ONLY tool we have to stop the obama agenda and he still ends run congress with his unlawful excessive orders from his administrative.

    What we don’t need is more liberal in congress we need many fewer. No on Kilmer.

  8. BigSwingingRichard says:

    Everyone should take the time to investigate the candidacy of Bill Driscoll. He is a moderate on social issues, fiscal hawk, with a collaborative management style. A former Marine, with business and timber industry experience who understands the 6th district and how to grow jobs.

    Bill is a non-politician and a better alternative than the politician Kilmer.

  9. SwordofPerseus says:

    Oyster0 said; (in numerous threads)
    Why must we endure these phony LTE’s?

    And why are they placed at the front of the line?

    Why, just to pi$$ you off of course! Lol ;-)

  10. tree_guy says:

    While Kilmer was in elective office somehow his wife got a really good government job at the museum. That sounds like something Norm Dicks would do.

    Let’s wipe the slate clean and try Driscoll instead. Anybody else with me?

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