In the first TV ad prepared for the coming campaign, 6th District Republican Bill Driscoll compares his decision to reenter the military while in his 40s to his entry into the campaign for Congress.
Driscoll, who has worked in the timber business and in real estate, asked to be recommissioned in the U.S. Marines and served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He compares the reaction he received from friends – that he was crazy – to the reaction he received when he entered the campaign.
“Now people say I’m crazy to be running for Congress,” he says, “but someone’s got to fix it and the career politicians aren’t going to.”
While the ad doesn’t mention the only Democrat in the race, state Sen. Derek Kilmer, the line could be aimed at him since he is the only candidate who has held public office. Kilmer has represented the 26th Legislative district in Olympia – first in the House and now in the Senate – since 2005.
The other Republicans in the race are Jesse Young, Doug Cloud, David “Ike” Eichner and Stephan Andrew Brodhead. Eric Arentz filed as an independent. The two candidates who win the most votes in the primary, regardless of party, move on to the general election.