Live chat today with Jon Haugen



Democratic challenger, Jon Haugen, will participate in a live chat today at 2 pm on The Columbian’s website. Haugen is challenging U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, to serve the 3rd Congressional District in Washington.

The live chat is expected to last about an hour. Readers can participate by going to and typing in their questions and comments.

The Columbian will screen reader questions so the candidates have the chance to address a wide range of topics. Another live chat is slated for 9:30 am Tuesday with Herrera Beutler.

Haugen is a commercial pilot for Delta Air Lines. He unsuccessfully challenged state Sen. Joe Zarelli, R-Ridgefield, in 2008.

As a citizen advocate, Haugen testified before the Washington State Legislature in favor of changing the state constitution to allow school levies to pass with a simple majority rather than 60 percent of the vote. A statewide referendum allowing a simple majority for school levies passed in 2007.

Haugen is a former Navy pilot. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and has 24 years of service in the Navy and the Naval Reserve.