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New endorsements for McKenna, Inslee, Drew, Sanders, et al

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on June 22, 2012 at 2:49 pm with No Comments »
June 22, 2012 2:49 pm

Endorsements are pouring in, and many candidates are sharing the word. A few of the recent ones:

  • Kathleen Drew announced Gov. Chris Gregoire endorsed her Democratic candidacy for secretary of state. Drew worked as a policy adviser to Gregoire for six years, including on the major agency-merger bill of 2011. In a news release, Gregoire said: “Kathleen’s experience in the Legislature and in the Governor’s office make her well suited to be Secretary of State. She has my support and my vote. … During that time she showed great leadership on a range of policy issues, including efforts to streamline government.”
  • Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna reported that the 1,250-member Seattle Police Officers’ Guild endorsed his campaign. In a news release he quoted Sgt. Richard F. O’Neill, guild president, as saying: “Your proven leadership and commitment to law enforcement and public safety will serve the citizens of Washington well. … The men and women of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild look forward to your continued support of law enforcement and working closely with you in the future.”
  • Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee reported the endorsement of the Black Collective of Pierce County, saying his education plan would help close “the opportunity gap that persists among the African-American community” his jobs plan would “strengthen some of Pierce County’s most critical industries such as military, maritime and trade.” In a news release, the campaign quotes the group’s chairman, Harold Moss, who in 1970 was Tacoma’s first African American city-council member, as saying: “We had an opportunity to meet with both the candidates. … The choice was clear. We’re proud to be supporting Jay Inslee to be our next governor.”
  • Former Supreme Court justice Richard Sanders announced the Washington State Farm Bureau endorsed his bid to return to the bench – one of several endorsements Sanders has logged; others include the Association of Washington Business, Washington Realtors, Associated General Contractors, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, the Libertarian and state Republican parties, and Human Life PAC. Sanders quoted Dan Wood of the Farm Bureau as saying: “Richard Sanders has a proven record on the Supreme Court standing up for citizen’s rights to initiative and for an open and responsive government … His dedication to our civil liberties and property rights is a needed bulwark against the creeping erosion of our freedom. We are pleased to endorse Richard Sanders and are eager to see him back on the Court standing up for us.”
  • Reagan Dunn, Republican candidate for attorney general, won endorsement from WACOPS, the Washington State Council of Police and Sheriffs. Jamie Daniels, executive director of WACOPS, said: “Reagan Dunn has the experience and temperament to be the top law enforcement officer in the state … His background as a criminal prosecutor will give law enforcement a strong ally in Olympia. His support for the men and women in uniform is unquestioned – from his leadership in the Remember Lakewood campaign to passage of the Blue Alert law, he’s been there fighting for us.”

Some organizations endorsed multiple candidates:

  • As was reported widely last week, the Association of Washington Business said it is endorsing Republican  McKenna for governor. It also endorsed Republican Dunn for attorney general, and Democratic state Treasurer Jim McIntire, who is running unopposed for a second term. In comments attributed to its president Don Brunell, AWB’s press release said McIntire “has managed the state’s finances well despite difficult times.”
  • AWB also endorsed Initiative 1240, which seeks to allow up to 40 charter schools. Backers just began collecting signatures ahead of a July 6 deadline.
  • Service Employees International Union Healthcare 1199NW endorsed Democrats  Drew for secretary of state,  Ferguson for attorney general, and state Sen. Craig Pridemore for state auditor. The union represents nurses and healthcare and mental health workers. In a news release, the union said: “SEIU Healthcare 1199NW members cited Drew’s breadth of experience, Ferguson’s advocacy on working class and mental health issues, and Pridemore’s commitment to transparency with state resources in making their decision.”
  • The Initiative 502 proposal to legalize and tax marijuana sales to adults age 21 or older won the backing of three African American church leaders – Rev. Leslie Braxton of New Beginnings Christian Fellowship, Rev. Carl Livingston of Kingdom Christian Center, and Rev. Steve E. Baber of Skyway United Methodist Church. In a news release, Braxton said: “It’s no longer enough to say the War on Drugs has been a failure. We have to recognize that it has done damage, especially to black Americans, and we have to change course. Marijuana law enforcement has become a pretext for pushing people into the criminal justice system where they get branded with criminal records that turn them into second-class citizens facing additional barriers to education and employment.”
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