As of Tuesday, May 31, 2016
SUNNYSIDE Two years after a narrow loss, Clint Didier is again taking on Dan Newhouse for Congress.
Didier, a 57-year-old wheat farmer from Eltopia and a former tight end eight seasons in the NFL, filed yesterday for the post.
The 60-year-old Newhouse, a local farmer who previously served as a state legislator and state Department of Agriculture director, won the 4th District congressional seat two years ago with 50.8 percent of the vote.
Less than 3,000 votes separated the two candidates for Doc Hastings’ seat out of the 150,000 votes cast.
Newhouse won the narrow victory on his strength in Yakima County, where he garnered 28,458 votes to Didier’s 18,886.
Newhouse also narrowly won Adams and Benton Counties. Meanwhile, Didier swept results in Okanogan, Douglas, Grant and Franklin counties.
His campaign welcomes a second race with Didier.
“Mr. Didier has every right to run for office again,” Newhouse Campaign Manager Sean O’Brien said. “It won’t deter Congressman Newhouse from continuing to serve Central Washington families.”
O’Brien said Newhouse, “... looks forward to a positive, vigorous debate on what the right solutions are for Central Washington.”
There were clear differences on those solutions in a debate in Yakima during the 2014 run.
On immigration, Newhouse favored a guest worker program, while Didier called for securing the nation’s borders.
Didier called on the federal government to not have any role in health care. Newhouse said federal laws should allow for a market-driven system.
As for water storage in the Yakima Basin, Newhouse supported the current integrated plan, while Didier called for taking more water from the Columbia River.
The two shared common themes during the first campaign.
Both favored repeal of the Affordable Care Act. When Newhouse first took office, one of his first actions was an attempt to overturn the act.
Didier did not provide comment as of press time.
Prior to the last congressional election, Didier unsuccessfully ran for governor and state commissioner of public lands.