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Eatonville farmer and former airline pilot Bruce Lachney announces campaign for state senate

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Feb. 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
February 6, 2012 3:35 pm

Bruce Lachney said today he will run as Democrat for the state Senate seat representing the 2nd District. Republican Sen.Randi Becker is the incumbent.

The Eatonville cranberry farmer and former airline pilot will be making his second run to represent the district in Olympia. He ran against Rep. Jim McCune in 2010.

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“Olympia fails to understand our economic future is directly tied to our schools, our colleges, and our universities,” Lachney said in a campaign announcement. “Olympia is dismantling our education system. Students are being turned away from higher education opportunities.”

Lachney is a Northwest native, born in Seattle in 1960 and graduated from the University of Washington in 1980. He was a Marine Corps flyer who served two tours of duty to the Far East and a deployment as part of Operation Eastern Wind to Somalia. He was an airline pilot for Delta Airlines, is currently a trustee for Clover Park Technical College and is a former Eatonville School Board member.

Lachney ran against Roger Bush for a Pierce County Council seat in 2008 and has served on the county’s planning commission.

Here is the text of his announcement:

Bruce Lachney, College Trustee, Airline Captain and Eatonville Cranberry Farmer, Announces Campaign For 2ndDistrict State Senate Seat

Eatonville- Local farmer Bruce Lachney announced today he will run for State Senate from the 2nd District. He will challenge incumbent Sen. Randi Becker who has held the position since 2008.

“Olympia fails to understand our economic future is directly tied to our schools, our colleges, and our universities. Olympia is dismantling our education system. Students are being turned away from higher education opportunities. Senator Becker sits on the Higher Ed and Workforce Development committee. She has failed to help more of our students graduate high school, much less enter college. She has refused to participate in real job creation for the citizens of the 2nd District. I want to take my experience as a businessman, a former school board director, and a technical college trustee and bring a new focus on results to our state capitol,” said Lachney.

Bruce Lachney is a lifelong northwest native. Born in Seattle in 1960, he graduated from the University of Washington in 1980. His service in the United States Marine Corps was spent serving as a jet pilot with two tours to the Far East and a deployment as part of Operation Eastern Wind to Somalia. Bruce is a former Captain with Delta Airlines. He is also on the Board of Trustees forClover Park Technical College, as well as, a former Eatonville School Board Director.

One of only 850 Ocean Spray cranberry growers in America, Bruce and his family also produce rhubarb, cattle, timber and hay for local markets. Bruce has a first hand understanding of the opportunities Senator Becker has failed to act on as a member of the Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Committee.

Too many legislators in Olympia are too scared to make the tough decisions. The Marine Corps taught me many important lessons. The first, and most important,…Lead,…Follow,…or Get Out Of The Way. It’s time for tough decisions…it’s time for leadership.

Bruce lives on his cranberry farm in Eatonville with his wife, Ann and their two children.

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