Political Buzz

2:08 pm August 23rd, 2012

Kim Wyman, a Republican candidate for Washington secretary of state, is scheduled to speak at the Sept. 5 meeting of the Second and 29th Districts Republican Club. The meeting, open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. at Weeks-Dryers Fellowship Hall at 220 134th St S. in Parkland.

Wyman, who is the Thurston County auditor, was the top votegetter in the primary election. She’ll face Democrat Kathleen Drew in the general election.

Republican candidates for other offices also are scheduled to speak at the meeting. An open question-and-answer session will follow each presentation, a club spokesman said.


Business group planning forum


Graham Business Association is planning a candidates’ forum for its Sept. 19 meeting. Candidates planning to participate haven’t been announced. The association meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:15 a.m. at Graham Fire and Rescue’s fire station 21-4 at 23014 70th Ave E. The fee to attend the breakfast meetings is $10 for members and $20 for non-members.


Seniors group calls Reichert ‘true friend’


U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Eighth District) has received the 2012 Standing Up for America’s Seniors award from RetireSafe, a national advocacy organization for seniors.

The group praised Reichert, who is seeking re-election, for his efforts in Congress on Medicare, related healthcare issues and access to government programs for seniors living in his district..

“Seniors have a true friend and leader” in Reichert, said Thair Phillips, president of RetireSafe.


Independent isn’t giving up on ‘new thinking’


A candidate who is out of the race for U.S. representative from the Eighth District hopes voters some day will rally en masse around independent candidates like himself.

James Windle, a former Washington, D.C. federal bureaucrat, ran as an independent in the primary election. He finished fifth in a six-candidate field with about 5,000 votes.

“We can fall into group-think at times, but independent thinking has brought this country to its prominent place in the world today,” Windle said in a prepared statement last week. “This is what I challenged voters and supporters to do – think for yourself. The voters decided to stay with the political parties. Their decision is not surprising. The two parties have been the only serious alternatives for decades with vast organizations and trust. Still, our country would benefit from new leadership and a return to independent thinking in politics. Independents can win.” He vowed to “keep fighting” for a change from “the policies and politics that will lead us toward national decline and mediocrity.”

Rep. Dave Reichert, a Republican, and Democrat Karen Porterfield finished first and second, respectively, in the primary. They’re facing off in the general election that ends in November.

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