The Democratic hive is again buzzing to flip the 3rd District, so the party can have a larger voting bloc in Congress, and insiders are saying a moderate with high likability will win. After a Democratic moderate lost the 3rd twice in a row, what was learned? Maybe it’s the third time’s a charm theory. Well I will go with the quote, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”
Another theory shared in a Facebook group involved cutting out Klickitat County during redistricting will lower the number of rural voters. The fear of rural voters is rooted in a party led by urban elite. In Klickitat, Trump received 53 percent of the vote, while Jaime Herrera Beutler received 59 percent. Additionally, economic populist Bernie Sanders won the 2020 primary in Klickitat. Rural Southwest Washington has been left behind by our country, which is one reason Cowlitz County has been identified as No. 1 on FEMA’s National Risk Index, due to socioeconomic metrics and crumbling infrastructure.
We need a campaign that connects racial and economic justice issues and increases the voter base. We don’t need to flip the 3rd, the citizens need to take back the 3rd.