A small business group today announced which incumbent legislators it’s backing for re-election, choosing 37 Republicans and conservative Democratic Sen. Tim Sheldon of Potlatch.
The National Federation of Independent Business is holding off on endorsing non-incumbents and challengers until after interviewing them (except one House member, Rep. Doug Ericksen, running for Senate) but its nearly one-party slate makes it clear whose side the group will be on this November. Unhappy with Democrats over the impact of taxes, workers’ compensation costs and unemployment insurance taxes on businesses, the lobbying group will be hoping Republicans take over the Legislature.
Sen. Pam Roach of Auburn and Reps. Bruce Dammeier of Puyallup and Jan Angel of Port Orchard won endorsements.
NFIB’s Patrick Connor said: “Small business owners know they can count on these lawmakers through thick and thin, and we hope the voters will join us in supporting them for re-election.”
The full list, including their rating by the group:
Endorsed Senate incumbents were: Sen. Jerome Delvin (Richland) 100%; Sen. Janéa Holmquist (Moses Lake) 100%; Sen. Jim Honeyford (Sunnyside) 100%; Sen. Bob Morton (Kettle Falls) 100%; Sen. Tim Sheldon (Potlatch) 95%; Sen. Pam Roach (Auburn) 89%; Endorsed for the open 42nd Senate District seat was State Rep. Doug Ericksen (Ferndale) 96%.
Endorsed State House incumbents were: Rep. Gary Alexander (Olympia) 100%; Rep. Glenn Anderson (Fall City) 100%; Rep. Mike Armstrong (Wenatchee) 100%; Rep. Barbara Bailey (Oak Harbor) 100%; Rep. Bruce Chandler (Granger) 100%; Rep. Cary Condotta (Wenatchee) 100%; Rep. Richard DeBolt (Chehalis) 100%; Rep. Susan Fagan (Pullman) 100%; Rep. Larry Haler (Richland) 100%; Rep. Bill Hinkle (Cle Elum) 100%; Rep. Mike Hope (Lake Stevens) 100%; Rep. Norm Johnson (Yakima) 100%; Rep. Brad Klippert (Kennewick) 100%; Rep. Joel Kretz (Wauconda) 100%; Rep. Dan Kristiansen (Snohomish) 100%; Rep. Jim McCune (Graham) 100%; Rep. Terry Nealey (Dayton) 100%; Rep. Ed Orcutt (Kalama) 100%; Rep. Kirk Pearson (Monroe) 100%; Rep. Jay Rodne (North Bend) 100%; Rep. Charles Ross (Naches) 100%; Rep. Joe Schmick (Colfax) 100%; Rep. Matt Shea (Mead) 100%; Rep. Shelly Short (Addy) 100%; Rep. Norma Smith (Clinton) 100%; Rep. David Taylor (Moxee) 100%; Rep. Maureen Walsh (Walla Walla) 100%; Rep. Judy Warnick (Moses Lake) 100%; Rep. Larry Crouse (Spokane) 92%; Rep. Bruce Dammeier (Puyallup) 92%; Rep. Kevin Parker (Spokane) 92%; Rep. Jan Angel (Port Orchard) 83%.