Cantwell also threw her support behind Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee, state secretary candidate Kathleen Drew, and other Democratic legislative candidates in Clark County. She asked members of the audience to volunteer during the final days of the campaign and to encourage people to vote.
“I know when you have tough economic times, sure, you tighten your belt,” Cantwell said. “But you also have to keep your eye about how you’re going to invest for the future. And that’s what this election is about. It is about investing in the right strategies to grow jobs for the future. So I’m asking you to go out and tell your friends and neighbors to make sure that they understand what these choices are about.”
Prior to Cantwell’s speech, State Rep. Sharon Wylie, D-Vancouver, told a story to demonstrate the importance of volunteers, and the importance of campaigning up until the very end.
“During my second race in Oregon, I was way behind, and there were three hit pieces that came out the week before the election,” said Wylie, a former Oregon legislator. “My volunteers, we printed up 8,000 fliers and hand-delivered them, and 12 people went 24 hours around the clock and delivered 8,000 pieces. And I won by 300 votes.”
This year, the final days of election season will be critical, she emphasized.
“There’s going to be a number of really, really tight races,” Wylie said, “And I don’t think there’s ever been a time when every little thing you can do is so critically important. Everything matters right now.”