Photo courtesy Jim Keough
Elected officials endorsing Dan Newhouse (standing at podium) for Congress during an event in Yakima yesterday are (L-R) Yakima Councilwoman Maureen Adkison, Yakima County Commissioner Kevin Bouchey Sen. Jim Honeyford, Rep. Norm Johnson, Yakima Councilman Tom Dittmar, Rep. Bruce Chandler, Yakima Councilwoman Kathy Coffey and Sen. Curtis King.
From Yakima to the Tri-Cities, and points in between, Dan Newhouse’s backing for a Congressional run was on full display yesterday.
Newhouse, a Sunnyside-area farmer who has served as a State representative and director for Washington state’s ag department, held two events yesterday. He appeared with elected officials supporting his bid to fill the Fourth District seat in Congress that Doc Hastings will vacate at the end of this year when he retires.
The official filing period for candidates running in this fall’s general election is approaching in about two months. Newhouse, a Republican, is one of about 10 candidates who have expressed interest in seeking Hastings’ seat.
At his Yakima headquarters Wednesday, Newhouse appeared with officials supporting him. They included: Maureen Adkison, Yakima City Council; Kevin Bouchey, Yakima County Commissioner; Rep. Bruce Chandler, 15th Legislative District; Kathy Coffey, Yakima City Council; Thomas Dittmar, Yakima City Council; Rand Elliott, Yakima County Commissioner; Sen. Jim Honeyford, 15th Legislative District; Rep. Norm Johnson, 14th Legislative District; Sen. Curtis King, 14th Legislative District; and Rep. Charles Ross, 14th Legislative District.
At the Richland Community Center a few hours later, Newhouse added to his cache of supporters. They included: Jim Beaver, Benton County Commissioner; Jerome Del-
vin, Benton County Commissioner; Rep. Larry Haler, 8th Legislative District; Rep. Terry Nealey, 16th Legislative District; Rep. Maureen Walsh, 16th Legislative District; and Steve Young, Kennewick Mayor.
At both events, Newhouse spoke on what has motivated him to run for Congress. “Washington D.C. is broken. President Obama is leading us down the wrong path. The federal government is spending too much money, it’s choking off job growth, and it has devastated our health care system. I want to help us change course before it’s too late.”
Several of the endorsers also spoke at the events.
“Having served with Dan in the legislature and working with him during his tenure as Director of the Department of Agriculture, I believe he has the experience and leadership to work on the diverse issues facing Central Washington,” said Honeyford (R-Sunnyside).
“From water storage to the Endangered Species Act to supporting job creation and repealing Obamacare, Dan is the right citizen legislator to serve us in Congress,” Honeyford added.
Johnson said, “I have known the Newhouse family for over 50 years. Dan is one of us. He grew up in the Yakima Valley, went to Washington State University, is a farmer and raised his family in the Valley.
“In addition he has represented us at the highest levels of state government. Dan has our values and our morals. He is by far the best choice to represent us in Congress,” added Johnson (R-Yakima).
During Newhouse’s stop in Richland, Delvin added to the accolades. “I know Dan Newhouse will do what it takes to make sure the federal government lives up to its responsibility for Hanford clean-up. I also know he will make balancing our federal budget and job growth his priorities. I wholeheartedly support Dan Newhouse for Congress.”