Newhouse picks up support for congressional bid

Dan Wheat

Capital Press

Dan Newhouse, former director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture, announced the support of 16 local officials in his candidacy for Congress. Newhouse is one of six Republicans running.

RICHLAND, Wash. — Dan Newhouse, a Republican candidate for Washington’s 4th Congressional District, was endorsed by 16 local officials during campaign events in Richland and Yakima on March 19.

Kennewick Mayor Steve Young was among those who announced their support of Newhouse at the Richland Community Center in the afternoon. The others were Benton County commissioners Jim Beaver and Jerome Delvin and state Reps. Larry Haler, Terry Nealey and Maureen Walsh.

State Sens. Jim Honeyford and Curtis King backed Newhouse at a morning event at the campaign’s Yakima headquarters. Also there supporting Newhouse were state Reps. Bruce Chandler, Norm Johnson and Charles Ross. Others included Yakima County Commissioners Kevin Bouchey and Rand Elliott and Yakima City Council members Maureen Adkison, Kathy Coffey and Thomas Dittmar.

“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,” Newhouse said at the events, according to a campaign news release.

Honeyford said Newhouse has the experience and leadership needed in the job. Johnson said he’s known the Newhouse family for more than 50 years and that Newhouse “has our values and morals.”

Newhouse is a Sunnyside farmer, former three-term state representative and former director of the state Department of Agriculture.

Other Republicans declared for the Aug. 5 primary election are: State Sen. Janea Holmquist Newbry; Franklin County Commissioner Brad Peck; Pasco rancher Clint Didier; Kennewick attorney George Cicotte; and Ephrata photographer Gavin Seim.

Josh Ramirez, of Pasco and control specialist at Hanford, has announced as an independent.


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