Campaigns Kicking Off

Three candidates sent announcements about campaign events, though none of them are new names in the fray.

State Sen. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, state Rep. Fred Finn, D-Olympia, and Republican challenger Pete DeBoer in the 23rd District will have their first official events this week. What I received from both follows the jump.

DeBoer of Kingston is running against state Rep. Sherry Appleton, D-Poulsbo. State Rep. Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island, has yet to announce intentions to run again. State Public Disclosure Commission reports show no one has filed to run against her.

In the 35th District Finn has yet to get an opponent. In the 26th District all three races have candidates from the two major parties.

Democrat Josh Brown, county commissioner, apparently has an opponent running against him, but I’ve yet to find out who that is.

FINN TO HOLD KICKOFF FUNDRAISER AT VERN’S IN SHELTON MAY 11

State Rep. Fred Finn of the 35th District, will hold a kickoff fundraising event at Vern’s Restaurant in downtown Shelton from 5-7 pm, Tues., May 11. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Finn, 64, a Democrat from rural Thurston County, has just completed his first term having been elected in 2008 from among a group of four candidates, ultimately winning in the General Election with 56% of the vote.

He has served on a half-dozen legislative committees, never missing a floor vote in 2009 or 2010. Selected for leadership as Assistant Majority Whip in the House, and as Vice Chair of the Technology, Energy and Communications Committee, he was the only first-term member to hold two such positions.

Rep. Finn successfully prime-sponsored legislation that promotes jobs, safeguards the environment, increases penalties for timber theft and addresses important educational goals.

Regarding the tumultuous 2010 session, Finn said, “In spite of the difficult economic climate, and partisan bickering, we were able to protect important safeguards for the citizens regarding social services for those most at risk, and also funding for education. With the help of Rep. Haigh and Sen. Sheldon, we were able to bring a renewed emphasis on essential infrastructure, including roads, ferries and sewers. I was proud of having led the way in the House in bringing the Belfair Bypass off the back shelf, as well as initiating the process to find a long term funding mechanism for our Salmon Enhancement Groups.”

Finn said he particularly enjoys getting out to community meetings and events in all four of the counties of the 35th District – Kitsap, Mason, Thurston and Grays Harbor – as he likes hearing directly from citizens and what matters most to them.

Finn plans to build on the solid record of accomplishments he achieved in his first term, with an emphasis on jobs, efficient government, and protecting the environment.

He said he was humbled to have the endorsements of Congressman Norm Dicks, Kitsap County Commissioner Josh Brown, Port Orchard Mayor Lary Coppola, Olympia Mayor Doug Mah, and Shelton Mayor John Tarrant, along with over 300 other individuals.

Finn, who works in commercial real estate, has lived in the 35th district for over 20 years. He and his wife Bonnie have three children and one grandchild.

A past Griffin School Board member and founding Director of the Washington Business Bank, Finn currently is a member of the Mason General Hospital Foundation Board, Mason Economic Development Council, Rotary, three Chambers of Commerce, and numerous other business and civic organizations throughout the 35th District.

Rep. Finn is a U.S. Army veteran, a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Fordham University School of Law. He previously practiced telecommunications law in Washington D.C.

Finn’s campaign website may be seen at www.reelectfredfinn.com

Senator Derek Kilmer Announces Re-Election Campaign For State Senate

Gig Harbor-State Senator Derek Kilmer announced today he will run for re-election to the 26th District State Senate seat.

Kilmer was promptly endorsed by Congressman Norm Dicks who remarked, “Derek is a problem-solving leader, focused on serving his community everyday. Derek is sharply focused on growing our economy and creating family wage jobs in our area. I strongly support his reelection campaign.”

Derek Kilmer was also endorsed in his 2010 re-election campaign by Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent, Port Orchard Mayor Lary Coppola, and Gig Harbor Mayor Chuck Hunter and by a majority of the City Councilmembers in all three cities he represents. In Bremerton, Kilmer was endorsed by Councilmembers Carol Arends, Adam Brockus, Will Maupin, Dianne Robinson, Roy Runyon, Greg Wheeler, and Nick Wofford.

Kilmer’s re-election was also endorsed by Kitsap County Prosecutor Russell Hauge, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist, Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer, and all three Kitsap County Commissioners. In addition, each of the firefighter locals in the area – including South Kitsap Firefighters IAFF Local #2876 and Bremerton Firefighters IAFF Local #437 – endorsed Kilmer’s campaign.

Senator Kilmer was first elected in 2004 to the State House of Representatives. In 2006, Derek Kilmer won his State Senate seat with 59% of the vote. As a State Senator, Derek Kilmer has focused on creating jobs, protecting taxpayers, strengthening our schools and honoring our veterans. Some of his accomplishments include:

• Improving infrastructure to revitalize downtown Bremerton and ensuring construction of a new hospital in Gig Harbor
• Reducing personal property taxes for small businesses.
• Leading the charge to keep Narrows Bridge tolls down
• Creating new scholarships to help students pay for college
• Championing the effort to provide new programs in nursing and engineering for students in our region
• Helping veteran-owned businesses get state contracts.

In the State Senate, Derek is a member of the Transportation Committee, the Economic Development, Trade, and Innovation Committee, and is the Chair of the Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee. Derek also serves on the Joint Committee on Military and Veterans’ Affairs, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s Legislative Advisory Committee, and on the Board of the Washington State History Museum.

“We have more to do to get our region out of this recession. I’ve always believed the turnaround happens by creating jobs – not raising taxes. I’ve worked to create jobs in the private sector and I’m ready to keep that as my focus as State Senator,” said Kilmer.

For his efforts, Kilmer has been named Legislative Leader of the Year three times by the Washington Economic Development Association and received the Business Star Award from Washington’s Business Institute.

When not in Olympia, Derek is an accomplished economic development leader. Serving as the Vice President for the Economic Development Board (EDB) for Tacoma-Pierce County, Derek has worked with hundreds of employers, focused on growing and keeping good, high wage jobs in our community.

Derek was born and raised on the Olympic Peninsula. Derek and his wife Jennifer, the Executive Director of the Harbor History Museum, live in Gig Harbor with their two daughters. Derek has been an active leader in the Gig Harbor community, serving as a board member of the Peninsula Schools Education Foundation, the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of Gig Harbor Rotary and of the Gig Harbor United Methodist
Church.

To learn more about Kilmer’s campaign or to get involved in his efforts, visit www.derekkilmer.com.

Pete DeBoer is having a Kick Off Rally Tuesday, May 4th from 6:30 PM to 9 PM at the My Girl Drive-In. Pete is running for state representative representing the 23rd district in North Kitsap county. Pete is a long-time Kitsap resident. He is very active in Kingston community affairs and is serving his second term as Port of Kingston Commissioner. Pete has doggedly worked to get the passenger ferry going between Kingston and Seattle. Thanks to his leadership, the ferry will begin its service in October.

This rally will be a great time to get to know Pete more and connect with those who share the desire to make a change in Olympia.

What: Pete DeBoer Campaign Kick Off Rally
When: 6:30 PM, Tuesday, May 4th
Where: My Girl Drive-In, 9380 West Kingston Rd NE, Kingston

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