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Sunnyside man selected for Romney's leadership team

LaDon Linde of Sunnyside has been tabbed as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's Yakima County Chair for the Lower Yakima Valley area.

Linde, who has been active in Republican circles locally for more than 20 years, said his primary role will be to get the word out to Romney supporters about the Republican caucus taking place this Saturday morning.

"I'll be calling people, talking to friends and have them talk to their friends," said Linde. "We're trying to find people that are willing to back him (Romney) and give them information about the caucus."

Linde's local political background dates back to working with the 1988 George Bush presidential campaign, including organizing Barbara Bush's visit to Yakima.

His experience also includes serving as campaign manager for state representatives Barbara Lisk and Bruce Chandler. His home has also served as a caucus site when his family lived in Outlook.

As for why he's supporting Romney in 2012, Linde says it's about the former governor's fiscal experience.

"Really it has to do with his track record. He's been able to put fiscal houses of both government and private businesses in financial order," said Linde. "My biggest concern under President Obama's leadership is our budget deficit. If we don't get that under control soon we're going to find ourselves in a situation similar to Europe."

Linde noted that all of the precincts in Grandview, Granger, Sunnyside, Mabton and Outlook will convene for the Republican caucus at 10 a.m. this coming Saturday at Sunnyside Christian Elementary School.

"It could be kind of interesting. I've never seen so many precincts in one building," Linde said.

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