The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a forum Wednesday night for the candidates for the 6th Congressional District. But will 16-term incumbent Norm Dicks be there?
His challengers plan to be there: Republican Doug Cloud of Tacoma and Democrat Paul Richmond of Port Townsend tell me they’ll attend. I’ve left a message with the campaign of Green Party candidate Gary Murrell of Hoquiam.
Exit133 reported yesterday that Dicks had not yet accepted the invitation to appear. I’ve left a message with his campaign manager to find out more. His campaign web site only shows one event in August – the Aug. 19 primary.
Update: A League of Women Voters representative says the Dicks campaign sent its official regrets today.
Update No. 2: Here is the reply from Dicks’ campaign manager, Hart Edmonson:
Norm has always campaigned hard for re-election and is running once again on his record of service for his district. Congressman Dicks has had a longstanding policy of scheduling a mutually agreed upon joint appearance with his opponent before the general election and we expect to continue that this year. He looks forward to running on his record of accomplishments for his constituents in the upcoming primary election and in November.
Update No. 3: Murrell’s campaign manager says he’ll be there, too.
The event will be held Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. at the University of Puget Sound’s Trimble Hall.
As we reported last month, Dicks usually wins re-election by huge margins. Around here, he has higher name recognition than Ichiro. But the challengers say there’s discontent out there. In Grays Harbor County, Democrats who oppose the Iraq war were balking last month at endorsing Dicks. Richmond recently touted the endorsement of William Jamie Nixon, a Dicks campaign field coordinator in 2006. Murrell rails against Dicks for being too cozy with the Bush administration and lobbyists.
More information about all four candidates is available here on our Voter Guide.