In about a half hour, Mark Mays is going to announce his candidacy for the congressional seat now held by U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers.
(No, it’s not the football-player-turned-TV-commentator.)
Mays, 59, (he’ll be 60 in April) was just on his way to make the announcement when I reached him on his cell phone.
Mays is a Democrat. So was former U.S. Rep. Tom Foley, who represented the 5th Congressional District for 30 years or so until he was unceremoniously dumped in the Republican Revolution of 1994. Made no nevermind that he was Speaker of the House for all of America.
Here’s the news advisory that was sent out over the weekend.
ADVISORY FOR MONDAY, MARCH 31
Mark Mays to Announce Candidacy for Congress
Longtime medical professional, community leader, former Air Force psychologist and former EWU Trustee pledges to bring real change to Congress
SPOKANE—Dr. Mark Mays, a psychologist who started his career at Fairchild Air Force Base more than 30 years ago, will formally announce his candidacy for Congress in the 5th Congressional District against incumbent Cathy McMorris Rogers at a Monday lunch meeting of the Spokane Democrat Business and Professional Group
Mays, who has five grown children —raised in Spokane —and his wife, a physical therapist, live in rural Spokane County.
"I’m running because I want my children—and all the kids of Eastern Washington — to have the economic opportunity to raise their families here," said Mays. "I’m excited to kick off the campaign and bring the promise of solution-focused leadership from Walla Walla to PendOreille."
Mays, who also served as Chair of the Eastern Washington University Board of Trustees, believes stronger economic policies that help lower and middle income families, combined with improved investments in job growth and access to education and health care, will improve the economy of the region.
"There are times that demand the sacrifice of our soldiers and our wealth to keep us safe," says Mays, himself a veteran, "but the mistaken war in Iraq is not such a time and does not make us safe. For a fraction of what we spend every day in Iraq, we could provide free higher education to every deserving graduate of our district’s schools," said Mays. "It’s time for new ideas, better priorities, and policies that help families succeed. We need to find new solutions to the crisis in health care and help the hard working families who are struggling in these difficult economic times "
Mays has been encouraged to run for months by local Democrats, business leaders and others in the medical profession. He will make a speech outlining his experience and priorities at the Monday luncheon series he helped found more than five years ago.
What: Mark Mays Campaign Announcement
Where: Spokane CenterStage Theater located at 1017 West Avenue, Spokane. (This is a one-way street heading east, and the theater is located on the south side of the street between Madison and Monroe Streets.)
When: 12:00 Noon, Monday, March 31st, 2008