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Tag: Schalk Leonard


Independent label is popular, but sometimes it’s just a typo

At least seven candidates have registered for office this week calling themselves independent or stating no party preference.

In Washington’s top two primary, candidates can pick any party — or decline to pick one.

“The parties are not serving Americans,” said Schalk Leonard, a retired Navy judge advocate from Poulsbo running for U.S. Senate. “The parties are engaged in a type of tribal warfare which distracts them from producing benevolent and useful results.”

Leonard doesn’t see himself as fitting in either party, with his call for making sure gays can serve openly in the military that inclines him toward

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More candidates jump into Senate race

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray made it official this morning, sending a representative into the Secretary of State’s office to file paperwork for her re-election campaign.

Also filing are two newcomers, Republican Norma Gruber of Walla Walla and Schalk Leonard of Poulsbo, who will be listed on the ballot as having no party preference.

I can’t find a campaign Web site for either, but Gruber wrote a long and colorful post on Sarah Palin’s Facebook page in May. She takes fellow conservative Clint Didier to task for his campaigning style. The post begins:

Miss Palin: I want to point out

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