Three days before the election Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee and congressional candidate Denny Heck are making another swing through South Sound this afternoon, joined by the state’s two U.S. senators in Tacoma near the end of a 26-stop state “Tour for Jobs.”
The Tacoma stop is at 12:15 p.m. at IBEW Local 76’s hall, 3049 South 36th Ave. State Democrats say the focus is on tax credits and training programs that have put veterans to work. Among speakers are Inslee, U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, retiring 6th district Congressman Norm Dicks and 6th district candidate Derek Kilmer. Kilmer is fending off a well-funded challenge from Republican Bill Driscoll.
The next stop is in Olympia at 2:30 at the Thurston County Democrats’ campaign headquarters, 423 W. Fourth Ave.
Inslee is headlining that event along with Heck, and speakers include insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler, attorney general candidate Bob Ferguson and secretary of state candidate Kathleen Drew. This event is putting a focus on veterans and policies that help local businesses.
The tour finishes later in Edmonds.
Recent public polling shows Inslee with a thin edge inside the margin of error over Republican Rob McKenna. Heck is opposed by Republican Dick Muri in the state’s new 10th Congressional District that runs from Shelton to Thurston County and north to Puyallup and University Place.
Kreidler faces another challenge from John R. Adams, whom he beat by more than 22 percentage points four years ago. Drew has a tougher challenge against Thurston County auditor Kim Wyman. Ferguson is in a tight race with Republican Reagan Dunn.
Ballots must be returned to drop boxes or postmarked by 8 p.m. Tuesday in order to be counted.