RICHLAND, Wash. — Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., has endorsed Dan Newhouse, former state director of agriculture, in his bid to succeed Hastings in Congress.

In a joint Sept. 3 appearance at the Richland Community Center, Hastings said Newhouse is a conservative who will fight for Central Washington priorities. He said Newhouse knows the importance of controlling spending, local control and sound science in land use decisions, the need for more water storage and continuation of the federal clean up of Hanford.

Hastings is retiring at the end of the year at 20 years in Congress.

Newhouse, a Sunnyside farmer and former legislator, praised Hastings’ service, calling him a “champion for the people.”

Newhouse faces fellow Republican Clint Didier, a Pasco rancher, in the Nov. 4 general election. Didier bested Newhouse in a crowded Aug. 5 primary.

— Dan Wheat

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