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Newcomer Bill Driscoll enters race for Norm Dicks’s seat

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on April 30, 2012 at 11:16 am |
April 30, 2012 6:01 pm

The announcement could reshape the race for the open 6th Congressional District seat. Driscoll joins several other Republicans vying to take on state Sen. Derek Kilmer, the lone Democrat, but the newcomer immediately showed off a potential advantage: He can spend plenty of his own money.

Driscoll, a Republican and Marine Corps veteran, said he would immediately donate $500,000 to his own campaign.

Driscoll comes out of the timber industry. He said he is the great-great grandson of Frederick Weyerhaeuser, who founded the Weyerhaeuser company in 1901. He worked in that and other forest-products companies.

Here’s his news release:

Bill Driscoll to Run For Congress in 6th District

TACOMA, WA – Bill Driscoll, a Marine Corps veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, a leader in the forest products industry, and a lifelong Republican, today announced his candidacy for Congress in Washington’s 6th District.

“Career politicians have had their chance and failed,” said Driscoll.  “It’s time for new leaders who’ll rise above partisan bickering and demand results.”

In 2006 Driscoll set aside his business career, volunteered to rejoin the U.S. Marine Corps, and served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.  18 Years after leaving the Corps, Bill chose to put his uniform back on because he saw the toll repeated long deployments were taking on the men and women of our armed forces, and he knew he could help.

This same commitment to step up and serve is why Bill Driscoll is running for Congress.

“In Congress, I will focus on real job growth, balancing the federal budget, providing a strong national defense, and keeping our promises to those who’ve served our country in uniform,” said Driscoll.  “Politicians talk about these issues all the time, but I learned in business and the military that results are what matter.”

Driscoll explained his decision to invest some of his own money in his campaign.

“Senator Kilmer has a head start in this race.  By the end of March he had already raised more than $350,000 in special interest money, and at that rate we estimate that he’s approaching half a million dollars by now,” said Driscoll.  “I’m investing $500,000 in my campaign, which should bring us even with Senator Kilmer.  The rest of my campaign will be funded by individual donations, but now that we’re on equal footing let the best candidate win.”

The great great grandson of Frederick Weyerhaeuser who founded the Weyerhaeuser company in 1901, Bill is proud to have worked in the company and other forest products firms over the last 20 years.

Bill and his wife Lisa live in Tacoma.  Lisa is a professor at University of Washington Tacoma, specializing in China and teaching in the Urban Studies Program as well as serving as Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Community Engagement.  The couple has two children, John Saul age three and Anna, almost 3 months old.

The campaign website is www.electbilldriscoll.org

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