Having dedicated over four decades to elections in Washington state, I feel compelled to share a vital insight. In the past two decades, not one rematch for federal or statewide office in our state has resulted in a flipped outcome. This fact underlines the need for fresh perspectives and new voices in our political landscape.
Consider the races where incumbents were challenged: In the governor’s race, Chris Gregoire secured victory both in 2004 and 2008 against Dino Rossi. Congressional districts 3, 4, and 8 followed the same trend, with incumbents winning their rematches consistently.
This pattern emphasizes the importance of choosing candidates who resonate with the evolving needs of our communities. In 2022, despite a traditionally Republican-leaning 3rd Congressional District, we witnessed a Democratic victory. Joe Kent, an ill-suited candidate, could not sway voters. History warns us that another rematch with Kent would yield the same result.
That’s why I wholeheartedly endorse Leslie Lewallen for Congress in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District. To secure victory in 2024, we must support fresh voices like Leslie’s. Let’s not miss this opportunity to reclaim our Congressional seat by running another failed candidate. Join me in supporting Leslie, the pragmatic problem solver our district needs.