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Kreidler seeks 3rd term as Washington Insurance Commissioner

Post by Joe Turner on March 27, 2008 at 12:15 pm with No Comments »
March 27, 2008 12:15 pm

Yes, the announcement you’ve been waiting for is finally here: Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler Announces Re-Election Bid.

I remember when Kreidler was the very first congressman from Washington’s 9th Congressional District, the new one that runs from Burien to Bucoda. And two years later he got beat by Randy Tate. I wonder what ever happened to Randy Tate. Anybody know?

Read about Kreidler’s new campaign in his (or his campaign manager’s) own words:

OLYMPIA, Wash. — State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler announced today that he will ask voters to return him to office for a third term.

Washington consumers deserve a strong and independent leader to protect their right to prompt and fair treatment by insurers at reasonable costs. I am proud of our accomplishments over the last seven years and pledge to continue the progress we have made.

Kreidler highlighted some of the accomplishments during his first two terms as Insurance Commissioner, including:

Cut excessive insurance rate increases by $200 million

Helped individual consumers recover over $107 million in delayed payments on their insurance policies

Restored bankrupt malpractice and health carriers to financial solvency

Blocked the attempt by Premera/Blue Cross to abandon non-profit status

Regained national accreditation for the office

Successfully fought attempts by big out-of-state insurance companies to take away consumer legal protections

Kreidler said that a primary focus of his campaign will be to educate voters on his proposal for a guarantee of quality affordable health care for every Washington resident. The people of our state have a right to a guaranteed level of financial security in the event of a health crisis, Kreider said. With my proposal we can save money and protect our freedom of choice while preserving the private marketplace.

Kreidler was elected Insurance Commissioner in 2000 and re-elected in 2004. He holds a master’s degree in public health and a Doctor of Optometry. Kreidler worked in private practice as an optometrist in Washington for 20 years and was the owner of a successful small business. Kreidler is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves who was recalled to active duty during the first Gulf War. He and his wife, Lela, have three grown children and three grandchildren.


Mike Watson, campaign manager, 360) 704-8313

Web Page: http://www.mikekreidler.com

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